Having trouble looking for shows dubbed in Mandarin Chinese to watch with your 8-12 year olds? It’s not too late! I came up with a list of binge worthy series available on Netflix. Help your tween appreciate and learn the language in a fun way!
How to switch your audio and change your subtitles on Netflix:
Start the movie you want to watch.
In the first few seconds of the video, click on Audio & Subtitles on the bottom of the screen.
Select ‘Mandarin’ for audio.
Select your caption language (optional). I like to choose English so that I can learn along with the audio.
Here are 10 Tween Shows Available in Mandarin on Netflix:
Julie and the Phantoms
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Julie struggles with performing music as she grieves over the death of her mother. She teams up with the ghosts of the members of a teen-boy band and rediscovers her love for music as she becomes the lead singer.
The Babysitters Club
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
A group of pre-teen girls form their own babysitting business. Their bond and friendship solidify with each adventure. Each character also faces difficult challenges as they deal with family changes, first crushes, and social issues.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Overachiever Ashley moves in with her football coach uncle for a NASA robotics job after getting two PhDs. Finally breaking free from her uptight mother, Ashley discovers the exciting and awkward parts of being an average girl.
No Good Nick
IMDb Rating: 6/10
With the intention to avenge her father who lost his business because of the Thompson family, young con artist Nick poses as a distant relative and lives with them. As she slowly gets attached, she questions if she should still push through with her plan.
IMDb Rating: 4.3/10
Kaylie is a wealthy teenager who gained much popularity from her reality TV show. She gets into a car accident and goes to a court-appointed community service at a middle school. Kaylie tries to show to them that she has a lot to offer other than her pretty face.
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Wanting an escape from family and friendship troubles, Zoe and her mom decide to stay in the English countryside for the summer. Zoe gets surprised with the drama waiting for her but still manages to keep her family together while being a good friend to the locals and a horse named Raven.
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
A sequel to the TV series Full House, this features the story of DJ, a widowed mom who moves back to her childhood home with her children. Since her relatives are busy pursuing their careers, DJ’s sister, her best friend along with her daughter, move in to help her with parenting DJ’s three sons.
IMDb Rating: 7/10
Siblings Alex and Hayley enroll in a school for gifted youth months after losing their mom in an explosion accident. They try to keep their heads up as they become part of rival groups. When students uncover an evil scheme, they must team up to prevent it from happening.
The A List
IMDb Rating: 5.5/10
Mia joins a camping vacation on an island expecting to be the popular girl. She enjoys her stay at first and quickly makes acquaintances but later on finds herself in rivalry with the group leader. Supernatural things begin to occur and she must find a way to navigate through it.
Alexa and Katie
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
As a genuine act of support, Katie shaves her head after finding out that her childhood best friend Alexa needs chemo for her cancer. They both feel nervous about their new lives as high school students but gain a meaningful experience while juggling personal trials.
You can also check out Disney+ movies in Mandarin Chinese more suitable for younger ages in my previous blog here!
But aside from these entertaining tween movies, you can also introduce your child to Mandarin through bilingual storybooks about simple everyday activities that teach important life lessons and showcase Chinese culture! It is never too late to give your child the gift of a second language, whether he or she is a toddler or a tween.
Looking for a place to start? You can check out my wide selection of bilingual books available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Cantonese, and English. A gift of a second language is priceless!
Check out these blogs for more movies available in Mandarin!