Videos in Mandarin for families

A collection for listening comprehension practices


Recommended for students in CCBG's Level 0 and up

Grimm's Fairytale — Little Red Riding Hood 小红帽

(Duration: 20m22s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of The Little Red Ridding Hood.

Grimm's Fairytale — Cinderella 灰姑娘

(Duration: 40m48s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of Cinderella.

Andersen's Fairytale — The Little Mermaid 小美人鱼

(Duration: 23m48s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of The Little Mermaid.

Andersen's Fairytale — The Ugly Duckling 丑小鸭

(Duration: 23m52s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of The Ugly Duckling.

Popular Children's Cartoon — Little Striped Tiger Shimajirou 巧虎
(Duration: 23m43s)
Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: The Chinese-dubbed version of the original series in Japanese. This series focuses on Shimajiro Shimano, a curious tiger boy living on Challenge Island. Being the second in the family, he attends kindergarten alongside his friends as they discover everything around them and learning valuable lessons along the way.

Aesop's Fables — The Tortoise & The Hare 龟兔赛跑

(Duration: 7m41s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of The Tortoise And The Hare.

Children's Cartoon Series Playlist — Big-head Son & Small-head Dad 大头儿子小头爸爸

(Duration: Approx. 8mins per episode)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: This story surrounds the cute and outgoing "Big-head Son," the main character, and his family — the mellow and kindhearted "Small-head Dad" and the beautiful and smart "Apron Mom."  This family portrays the classic Chinese poster-household of the father being the head of the household and the mother as the lady of the house. Each episode tells the otherwise mundane everyday life events with humor and imagination.  

Classic Children's Story — The Little Tadpole Searches For Mom 小蝌蚪找妈妈

(Duration: 20m54s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: This narrated film from 1960 describes the adventures of a group of tadpoles in search of their mother. This film was one of Te Wei's (the director) first attempts to break away from the Western style animation and keeping more of the native Chinese aesthetic sensibilities, as well as aiming for a painterly style influenced by Qi Baishi (an influential Chinese painter). Because of its simple storyline and script, it is ideal for children who are beginning their study of the Chinese language.  

Chinese Mythology Series Playlist — Journey To The West 西游记

(Duration: Approx. 20-23mins per episode)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The famous and beloved series about the adventures of Tang Seng (Monk Tang) and his disciples — Sun Wukong (the Monkey King), Zhu Wuneng (Pigsy), Sha Wujing (Monk Sha) and the Dragon Prince who stays in the form of a white steed — as they make their way across China to India in search of the Sutra.   

Children's Story — The Three Little Bunnies 小兔子乖乖

(Duration: 8m57s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The story about three very smart bunnies staying home alone and remembered their mother's words not to let anyone in. This simple story incorporates singing in its narrative.  

Classic Chinese Fable — The Carp Jumps The Dragon Gate 鲤鱼跃龙门

(Duration: 4m8s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The classic Chinese fable that says carps can turn into dragons if they can jump over the Dragon Gate.

Children's Cartoon — The Life of Silkworm Babies 蚕宝宝的一生


(Duration: 6m55s)


Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: The children takes on the task of raising some silkworms!


RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS IN CCBG'S LEVEL 1 AND UP

Aesop's Fables — The Golden, Silver and Steel Axe 金斧银斧和铁斧

(Duration: story ends at 10m20s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The story of a kindhearted and hardworking young boy living in a mountain village with his bedridden father. To help support the family, the boy chops firewood daily to sell at the local market for money. One day, the boy decides to go to a far away forrest to chop firewood (because the forrest would have more trees) so he can make more money to help his father's sickness...

Children's Story — Ma Liang's Magical Brush 神笔马良 

(Duration: 4m35s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: A gifted young boy, Ma Liang, loves to draw but his family is too poor to buy a brush. One night, Ma Liang was given a magical brush by a deity and the adventures starts... 

Real Life Conversations — Going To School For The First Time 第一次上學

(Duration: 3m18s)

Dialect: Taiwanese Mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: Still remember your child's first day of school? Some children have no problems saying bye to mom and dad while some have anxiety about separation. The little girl in this clip is the latter type and is crying... but a kind little boy offers her some adorable consolation...

Popular Children's Cartoon Playlist — Thomas the Train 湯瑪士小火車

(Duration: Approx. 10mins per episode)

Dialect: Taiwanese Mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The Chinese-dubbed version of the original series in English.

Aesop's Fables — The Fox And The Grapes 狐狸和葡萄

(Duration: 6m54s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: The classic Aesop's tale that coined the phrase "sour grapes." The story surrounds a hungry fox that tried to eat grapes from a high up vine but failed. Instead of admitting defeat, he resorts to saying that the grapes are undesirable anyway.

Aesop's Fables — The Smart Crow 聪明的乌鸦

(Duration: 5m12s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: None
Synopsis: Based on the classic Aesop's tale "The Crow And The Pitcher" about the smart crow that figured out a way to reach the water inside a narrow pitcher.

Arabian Nights Tales — The Sparrow and the Peacock 小麻雀的故事

(Duration: 3m51s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: Based on the classic tale of "The Sparrow and the Peacock" from Arabian Nights, this story teaches the lesson that avoiding a problem is not a solution.

Classic Children's Story — The Little Horse Crosses The River 小马过河

(Duration: 5m50s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: This classic children's tale tells the story of a little horse's dilemma before crossing a river. It teaches the lesson that we must apply logic to our thinking when we are faced with different opinions.

Classic Children's Story — The Little Kitten Fishing 小猫钓鱼

(Duration: 2m22s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: None

Synopsis: This tale tells the story of the little kitten that was unable to catch any fish because he is constantly distracted by other things.


RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS IN CCBG'S LEVEL 2 AND UP

CCBG Short Stories Series — 鸟妈妈和大狗 (Bird Mother & the Big Dog)

(Duration: 1m18s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: Level 2 Unit 37 short story.

French Folktale — The Blue Goldfish 蓝色的金鱼

(Duration: 5m45s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: The story tells the strange tale of a little boy, his family and their magical blue goldfish.

Classic Children's Story — Sit Back And Wait 守株待兔

(Duration: 2m56s)

Dialect: Mainland mandarin | Caption: Simplified Chinese

Synopsis: This story explains the classic Chinese idiom: 守株待兔, which literally translates to "guarding crops (plants) and waits for rabbit." It teaches the lesson that if we want something, we have to work for it.


RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS IN CCBG'S LEVEL 4 AND UP

Grimm's Fairytale — Rumpelstiltskin 妖精的名字

(Duration: 21m5s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin.

Grimm's Fairytale — Snow-white And Rose-red 白玫瑰與紅玫瑰

(Duration: 20m35s)

Dialect: Taiwanese mandarin | Caption: Traditional Chinese

Synopsis: The classic tale of Snow-white and Rose-red. 


RECOMMENDED FOR students in CCBG'S LEVEL 6 and up

Movie Excerpt — Kung Fu Panda 3 功夫熊貓3

(Duration: 53s)

Caption: Traditional Chinese

Chinese 80's Drama Series Playlist — Stories Of The Editorial Department 编辑部的故事

Chinese 80's Drama Series — I Love My Home 我爱我家