Learning Languages is more fun with dumplings!
Dim Sum Warriors offers a creative bilingual solution for kids learning languages—comics and resources in both Chinese and English, so they can read and draw bilingually in a relaxed and friendly environment!
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.
A creative bilingual solution for kids learning languages (Chinese and English)
Parents, guardians and carers who want their kids to have a healthy and open-minded relationship with language-learning. Kids should want to read Chinese stories outside of class!
SCHOOLS & EDUCATORS
We work with schools and educators teaching bilingual classes to develop programmes that will inspire and empower kids. Our methods are designed by expert educators and independently certified for pedagogical quality.
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Kids Learn A Lot Better With Less Stress!
You won’t have to force them to learn Chinese with our method which combines comics, drawing and expressive reading—things kids naturally love!
Learn while drawing
Your kids will learn languages better when they’re drawing 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!
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
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!
The Premium Family Experience For Your Kids
The DIM SUM WARRIORS Club
What your kids get when they join:
LIVESTREAM Bilingual Comic Jams
Learn new words in a creative and relaxed livestreamed environment!
3 x 45 mins every month (Sat 9.30 am, UTC+8) so your kids get inspired to draw and create alongside artists and teachers!
We read stories, explore key vocabulary, and do crazy mashups based on the kids’ suggestions—in both languages.
Unlimited Access to Bilingual Web Learning Resources
On our website, you get unlimited access to:
⭐ The latest and all the past Bilingual Comic Jam Videos
⭐ Mini-posters you can print and stick on your wall to review new vocabulary!
⭐ Quizzes to help you review new words learned during each Jam session.
⭐ Home study guides to support you in delving deeper into each story.
Two or more kids in the same family can participate in the livestream Jams together.
In fact, many families have got their brothers, sisters, cousins and even grandparents to attend the Jam sessions with them, so that they can all draw and learn fun words in Chinese and English together. It’s an unusual opportunity to bond—over language and silly cartoons!
Automatic Access to the Award-Winning Mobile App
With your Club membership, you get automatic FULL access to our award-winning mobile comic reader App, with bilingual comics (with language options you can toggle), audio read-alouds at natural speeds performed by actual actors, vocabulary-building games and cutting-edge reading evaluation tech! It currently has 19 stories, with more being added regularly.
Exclusive Club Discount Coupons in the Dim Sum Warriors Shop
Club Members receive seasonal coupons to buy books in the Dim Sum Warriors shop with deep discounts! Our bilingual hardcover books are perfect for bedtime stories and make wonderful gifts.
A Relaxed, Friendly & Creative Environment
Kids have no reason to get stressed! They’ll be learning… even though they may not realise it. Research has shown over and over again that we learn better when we’re relaxed.
Our goal is to remove kids’ association of language learning with tests and being judged. If they associate it with joy and creativity, they’ll naturally use it more often.
What parents, educators, experts and kids are saying about Dim Sum Warriors
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The light-hearted performance by the Little Dim Sum Warriors had the audience entertained and educated at the same time.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Easy to use, suitable for kids my child’s age. Images are child-friendly, language is age-appropriate.”
“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!
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
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
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
Schools and Professional Educators
Dm Sum Warriors is in constant demand for workshops by schools—in Singapore, Malaysia, the USA and a growing number of countries. Designed by experienced teachers, it’s no wonder schools love our creative bilingual solution for kids learning languages!
And we can do so much more for you! If your school or learning center needs a fresh approach to bilingual learning, please contact us.
CEO Dr Woo Yen Yen holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has worked as a schoolteacher, an instructional designer for an education technology firm, as well as many years in New York as a tenured professor in the field of education, specializing in curriculum development.
She and her partner Colin Goh are also multiple international award-winning creatives. They have made feature films that have been screened all over the world and picked up major prizes in Europe, Asia and the USA, and are also the creators of the critically-acclaimed Dim Sum Warriors graphic novels (now published by Scholastic), which were adapted into a giant stage musical that has toured over 25 major cities in China.
New York Times bestselling cartoonist Colin is also an attorney with qualifications in three jurisdictions, and has deep experience with strategy, research and narrative structure.
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.
If I have multiple PC/mobile phones/tablets, will I need a Dim Sum Warriors Club membership for each device?
No, you can use one Dim Sum Warriors Club membership on up to 3 devices.
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