Dim Sum Warriors for Families

INTEREST + INSPIRE

Language + Enrichment + Creative Workshop: All in One Programme!

“In short, I would say it’s peerless.  It’s original.  It’s really hard to compare. This is neither an app, nor an online class.  It’s a great mix of the two.  Of course, it is possible to just buy the books, or just use the app.  However, the whole Club package, including the livestreams is what makes it so compelling.  It’s incomparable to any app.” Read the whole review

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Kids Learn A Lot Better When They’re Interested & Inspired

You won’t have to force them to learn Chinese with our method which combines comics, drawing and expressive reading—things kids naturally love!

Designed by expert educators and award-winning creatives,  Dim Sum Warriors is an innovative way to help your kids grow in confidence and motivation in both languages—through content and features that will interest and inspire them.

Get Creative!

Learn while drawing

Your kids will learn languages better because (1) drawing is enjoyable (especially funny cartoons like ours); and (2) drawing creates associations that help memory. Plus, your kids will pick up art skills on top of the language by drawing together with our award-winning artist!

Club members get to participate ‘live’, while Plus+ members get access to video recordings. Club livestream:  9.30-10.15am, 3 Sats/month & 8-8.10pm, Mon-Thurs (Singapore time)

Stories Kids Actually Want to Read

Crafted by award-winning creators

We take great pains (and pleasure!) in creating funny and engaging stories with adorable characters and expressive dialogue, so kids will willingly pick them up to read. Our creators are award-winning storytellers whose books, films and theatre productions have garnered praise from all over the world.

Practice Reading Aloud

Award-winning App

Imagine your kids performing their own Chinese audio plays—by themselves! Our award-winning app features an ever-growing library of stories that also come with vocabulary-building games, expressive audio readalouds at natural speeds by actual actors, and a reading evaluation tech that gives you instant feedback on fluency and pronunciation. Hours of fun!

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TESTIMONIALS

ABOUT US

Testimonials

What parents, educators, experts and kids are saying about Dim Sum Warriors

“In short, I would say it’s peerless.  It’s original.  It’s really hard to compare. This is neither an app, nor an online class.  It’s a great mix of the two.  Of course, it is possible to just buy the books, or just use the app.  However, the whole Club package, including the livestreams is what makes it so compelling.  It’s incomparable to any app.” Read the whole review

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“我七岁的女儿不停的重读《小小点心侠》的故事书。她觉得内容很滑稽,每次阅读时都哈哈大笑!”

“My 7-year-old daughter keeps re-reading the Little Dim Sum Warriors books. She thinks they’re really funny, and she laughs every time she reads them.”

YEO YANN YANN 杨雁雁

Winner of the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress 金马奖“最佳女主角奖”得主

“We have been fans of the Dim Sum Warriors books for some time! We spent a fun and creative morning at the online Jam drawing different emotions and learning the words for them. The kids were crazy over the final minutes when they could request whatever they wanted drawn.”

LIN HUIYI

Artist and mother of 2 kids, ages 5 and 7

“My daughter looks forward to every single Jam session because she gets to learn things like how to draw different kinds of trees and what their names are called in Chinese. She uses the App to read the books in Chinese and English. I believe kids learn best when they are enjoying it and it’s definitely the case with the Dim Sum Warriors sessions each week. 

CHING CHING

Mother of Lorelle, aged 9

“The light-hearted performance by the Little Dim Sum Warriors had the audience entertained and educated at the same time.”

PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

at the 40th Anniversary of the Speak Mandarin Campaign

“Joshua is so into 成语 time! What got him hooked was when Colin drew the snake with legs for 画蛇添足。it is so cute to see him running around the living room shouting, “It is 成语 time!” 

JOCELYN

Mom of Jude and Joshua, Dim Sum Warriors Club Members

“Rebecca enjoys reading the comics and participating in the online drawing jam … This is an unconventional yet effective way of learning … The interesting thing is…  she doesn’t think this is a Mandarin class even though she’s learning … She thinks it’s a game class.”

RAYMOND

Father of Rebecca, aged 6

“My son really loves the creative ideas he gets from Dim Sum Warriors draw along sessions, and he loves trying to read aloud in Chinese with the app – when he gets three hearts, he jumps for joy! It really inspires him and gets him to try again.” 

JACQUELINE

Mother of Isaac, aged 7

“It has great stories that you can toggle between languages to help kids learn them, and has activities to reinforce the words you see in the stories.”

SOPHIE

Teacher and Mum of Kita, aged 5

“Easy to use, suitable for kids my child’s age. Images are child-friendly, language is age-appropriate.”

JOYCE

Educational Psychologist & Mum of Sean, aged 5

“Both of us really have a very good bonding time together when we began with reading the Dim Sum Warrior books as bed time stories, playing the app together, occupying her with the ‘live’ drawalong session & then doing the quiz together… We have so many topics in common!

VALARIE

Mother of Gabby, aged 6

“It’s great because it can read to you and it can change the language and you can even record yourself reading the book.”  
AHYEON CHOI

Age 6

“The boys are having a blast with the app. I’ve not seen my P2 (aged 8) read Chinese words so fast than at the sheep game!”  
SU LINN

Educator and Mother of Four

 “The students and staff at our school absolutely adore The Little Dim Sum Warriors books.  They tick so many boxes for books that are in high demand by students and staff. They are funny, they are bilingual, and they are comic style picture books. Fantastic illustrations, brilliant text and a must have for all libraries!”

SARAH MOUNSEY

Director of Libraries, Dulwich College (Singapore)

“The app is user-friendly, inviting, and is rich with humor. Using multiple modalities, it serves as a pedagogical tool that provides readers of all ages the skillset they need to develop bilingual proficiency as well as biliteracy. It has a unique feature that promotes translanguaging and cultivates appreciation for visual arts.”

DR. EFLEDA TOLENTINO

New York-based Early Childhood Education Expert and Professor

“The students in our dual language program grow and become proficient in two languages, English and Mandarin, over the course of 5 years, from 1st grade to 5th grade. Dim Sum Warriors is such an incredible tool for our students, not only in supporting their bilingual reading development/progression, but also exposing them to cultural practices/traditions. The students are also engaged because they find the drawings cute and the storylines humorous.”

ANA JESSICA KIM-WONG

3rd and 4th Grade Dual Language Teacher, P.S. 173Q (New York City)

The Dim Sum Warriors App gives plenty of freedom for practice: It’s easy to toggle from one language to another, limitless possibilities to listen and re-listen to the stories / words, possibility to look into a keyword more closely, a chance to record and listen to your own reading, with good feedback from the solution about the pronunciation. The Dim Sum Warriors Curriculum has:

1. Extensive, detailed and yet easy to access materials for educators to ensure successful learning experiences for the students.

2. Visually appealing and easy to use digital application to support and diversify the learning process.

3. Learning through stories that happens naturally and supports a bi-lingual approach

EDUCATION ALLIANCE FINLAND

“Our goal is for our students to have access to being global citizens. Multilingual/multicultural exposure helps to build their empathy and communication with others. The growth in problem solving, critical thinking skills and higher order thinking due to the brain development of multilingual people will benefit our students as they grow, not only in school but in their adult lives. Dim Sum Warriors is one way to help meet our goal of motivating our students to engage in Mandarin through diverse modes of communication. We want our students to feel excited and confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Mandarin, Dim Sum Warriors is a motivating factor.”

AMY QUINN

Director of Teaching and Learning, Washington Yuying Public Charter School (Washington D.C.)

“Dim Sum Warriors has provided a great platform for Chinese supplementary reading materials. My children love the stories and drawings and I find the quizzes and worksheets very helpful for learning. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos too. Comic characters that came out from our daily life, that’s something that kids can really connect to!”

KOH LENG LENG

Assistant Head, Faculty of Languages, ACS International (Singapore)

「國小二年級的學生們在學期初都很害羞,不敢說英文,但在學期末,都能夠開心大膽地開口了¬……他們的詞彙量也有顯著的增加! 孩子們不僅更有自信,也很喜歡讀《小小點心俠》系列童書,家長們都對此現象樂觀其成。」

SELENA LIN

英文老師, 臺灣,台北市

“At the end of the day, our advice to students is that they must learn both languages well. When we heard about the Dim Sum Warriors app and the website, we were thrilled because we knew it was going to be a fun way to use home language and English with our Chinese-speaking students.”

ENOKA WEERATHUNGA

ESL Teacher, Hellenic Classical Charter School (Staten Island, NYC)

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Dim Sum Warriors different from other language-learning programmes?
  • Dim Sum Warriors aims to make learning enjoyable—because only this leads to sustainable engagement and long-term learning. (Learning shouldn’t just be about passing exams!)
  • The heart of Dim Sum Warriors are funny comic stories that kids naturally want to read! (Also: research has shown that comics provide great contextual support for language learning.)
  • Ours is a multi-faceted approach—combining reading, speaking and creating. It’s important to us that kids should feel they can be creative with their languages—that’s why drawing and dramatic read-alouds are key features.
  • We have both digital (app, livestream, web) and tactile (print books) resources to provide a range of experiences.  
  • Our approach is based on cutting-edge education research into literacy, pedagogy and translanguaging, and is designed by expert educators and award-winning creatives. We’ve been independently certified for pedagogical quality by Education Alliance Finland, the world’s leading edtech impact verification agency.
What ages are the Dim Sum Warriors app and books for?

The Dim Sum Warriors app and books are designed for kids aged 5-11.

To get technical, they’re suitable for 2nd Language Learners Grades K-3 (e.g. Chinese learners in Singapore); English or Chinese as an International Language Learners Grades 2-5 (e.g. English learners in Vietnam) or CEFR Levels A1+ to B1. We’re also developing special materials for absolute beginners.

As a matter of general principle, though, we don’t believe in reading levels. Here’s why.

What happens during the livestreams?

The 45-minute Saturday Jam sessions include varied content like:

  • a ‘live’ read-aloud from a story in the App
  • exploring key vocabulary or concepts in the stories through cartoon draw-alongs
  • Special themed units such as dinosaurs, sea creatures, robots, family trees, etc.

The 10-minute Chinese Idiom Doodle Dates consist of drawing a 成语 in cartoon form to aid recall, and illuminate meaning.

All content will be in Mandarin and English with supports for different levels of Chinese.

Club members have ranged from 6 to 11 years’ old, while levels have ranged from foundational level to Higher Chinese level. The instruction is differentiated so students never feel intimidated.

Everyone feels welcome in the Club!

Are the livestream sessions interactive?

Yes! You suggest ideas through the chat function.

Club members can feel safe and relaxed as the video camera is not trained on them, yet they can still suggest ideas or make comments through the chat function.

Every month, we hold a short Zoom session after the Saturday Jam where Club kids can show us (and each other!) their art.

How do I get ready for the livestream?

Find a regular spot in the house to draw along with the livestream!

Make sure there’s enough space for your drawing supplies. Club members have watched the livestreams on their iPads, on laptops, desktops and even cast to their TV sets. When you are on the road, you can watch the livestream on your mobile device.

The whole family is welcome to draw along!

 

How do I access the videos?

Just log in!

Plus+ members can’t participate in the livestreams, but they can access video recordings of the sessions on the website, just ike Club members. Over 100 hours of videos to choose from!

If I have multiple PC/mobile phones/tablets, will I need a Dim Sum Warriors membership for each device?

No, you can use one Dim Sum Warriors Club or Plus+ membership on up to 3 devices.

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