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Learn Pokémon Names in Chinese

Pokémon Go, the 2016 Japanese Nintendo game, is now available in Hong Kong and maybe soon in China! You’d better get ready to hear your Chinese friends talk about it a lot! Get ready for it and learn Pokémon names in Chinese with Ninchanese Pokéworld. Ready to use your Chinese skills and try to catch as many Pokémon as you can?

After taking control of your phone in the Pokémon Go game by Niantic, Pokémon are now invading Ninchanese’s world! Cats and dragons finally meet Pikachu, Meowth and all the other wild Pokémon! Come and catch them all.


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New stages are available for you to learn Pokémon names in Chinese, let’s discover how you’ll be able to collect them in this new world. No pokéballs required!

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Learn Pokémons names in Chinese with Ninchanese new world: pokéworld
By entering the Pokéworld in Ninchanese, you’ll have the opportunity to grow your word stock and learn how Pokémon are called in Mandarin. Use your Chinese skills to collect as many Pokémon as you can in two vocabulary exercises. Then try to match the English names of Pokémon with their Chinese versions in a fun matching exercise. This all-new content is free for all so nothing’s stopping you from trying to catch them all!

How Pokémon help you learn Chinese

In Ninchanese, we know that having fun when learning is the most efficient way to reach your goals. It helps you remain motivated in your learning. Cats and dragons are already here in Ninchanese to help you do that. But why not make worlds meet? This is how the Pokéworld in Ninchanese is born. Learn Pokémon names in Chinese and you’ll be able to understand better the meaning of each character! You’ll also explore even more how the Chinese language is made.

For instance, let’s take Bulbasaur’s Chinese name:
妙蛙种子 Miàowāzhǒngzǐ . It literally means smart frog with a seed.

learn Pokémons names in Chinese: 妙蛙种子 Miàowāzhǒngzǐ Bulbasaur

It’s even clearer when you look at it!

 

By exploring the literal meaning of each Pokémon’s name, you get an insight into how the Chinese create new names to grow their vocabulary, and especially how they translate names that come from foreign countries.
Try to identify characters in each Pokémon’s name you’ll meet, and you’ll improve your understanding of Chinese characters. But before you can do that, you’ll have to catch them all!

Which wild Pokémon will you meet in Ninchanese?

Learn Pokémons names in Chinese in vocabulary stages

 

Lucky you, the most legendary well-loved Pokémon are in Ninchanese. As you’ve probably guessed, Bulbasaur will be one of them, and you’ll also meet Pikachu, Charizard, Butterfree, Rattata, Meowth, Psyduck, Mewtwo… and that’s not all! More Pokémon are to be found in Ninchanese! Take a look at this list of the words you’ll learn:

  • 妙蛙种子 Miàowāzhǒngzǐ Bulbasaur
  • 小火龙 Xiǎohuǒlóng Charmander
  • 杰尼龟 Jiéníguī Squirtle
  • 皮卡丘 Píkǎqiū Pikachu
  • 神奇宝贝 Shén qí Bǎo bèi Pokemon
  • 喷火龙 Pēnhuǒlóng Charizard
  • 喵喵 Miāomiāo Meowth
  • 小拉达 Xiǎolādá Rattata
  • 可达鸭 Kědáyā Psyduck
  • 胖丁 Pàngdīngb Jigglypuff
  • 小火马 Xiǎohuǒmǎ Ponyta
  • 超梦 Chāomèng Mewtwo
  • 精灵宝可梦 Jīnglíngbǎokěmèng Pokemon
  • 波克比 Bōkèbǐ Togepi
  • 卡蒂狗 Kǎdìgǒu Growlithe
  • 海星星 Hǎixīngxīng Staryu
  • 菊草叶 Júcǎoyè Chikorita
  • 爱心鱼 Àixīnyú Luvdisc
  • 绿毛虫 Lǜmáochóng Caterpie
  • 巴大蝴 Bādàhú Butterfree
  • 皮皮 Pípí Clefairy
  • 大嘴蝠 Dàzuǐfú Golbat
  • 地鼠 Dìshǔ Diglett
  • 玛瑙水母 Mǎnǎoshuǐmǔ Tentacool

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Learn Pokémon names in Chinese and catch’em all!

Want to go for a Pokémon hunt? Easy! Head to the world’s page, register and learn Chinese with Pokémon for free! Enter the Pokéworld and try to catch all the Pokémon lost in Ninchanese! Use your knowledge of the Chinese language to help you guess the Pokémon’s names. And let’s see how many Pokémon you can catch! Let us know in the comments 🙂

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  • Shishn P

    Just FYI, the plural of Pokémon is Pokémon, no -s. And neither Bulbasaur nor any of the others you have listed (except maybe Mewtwo) are legendary Pokémon. Legendary Pokémon are an actual subcategory of Pokémon.

    Great idea to try to motivate people to learn Chinese characters using Pokémon, especially now that the new games have Chinese versions, but next time maybe have a real Pokémon-fan read your advertisement before posting it. Anyone that cares about Pokémon will notice these mistakes 😉

    • Hi Shishn P, thanks for your comment and attention to details 🙂 You’re right, none of the Pokémon we mentioned are officially “legendary” Pokemon, they’re just legendary to all those who grew up with the first Generation Pokémon (and the many generations that followed). No ill categorisation intended 🙂 Have you tried the Pokémon world on the app?