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After talking with that local mom of a two-year-old, I decided to add more Chinese/bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD into the bilingual bookstore (see Chinese/Bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD will be added), so that children and parents can listen to the story narrated in clear Chinese via CDs, or watch the videos, which is often accompanied with animated cartoons, via TV or computer.

One day, when I searched online for Chinese/bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD, I run into a video showing a Chinese little boy using a specially designed electronic pointer pen to touch pages in a colorful children’s picture book.

When the electronic pointer pen touches the pages, either images or texts, the corresponding Chinese words, phrases, paragraphs, or dialogues are read loudly by the pen in clear mandarin. Sometimes, a song with lovely music comes out of the pen when the pen touches an image. It’s a digit product that combines functions of touch-reading, translation, playing-over and game.

The electronic pointer pen, referred as E-reading pen, looks similar to a LEAPFROG’s TAG Reader, which is a pen-shaped book reader onto which audio from specific books can be downloaded. The difference, instead of reading English, E-pen reads Chinese when scanned across compatible paper books.

Using the latest recognition technology to recognize words, E-reading pen is an easy and handy tool for children and parents who want to learn Chinese as a second language, or anyone who wants to improve his vocabulary or read more than text books in Chinese and/or English.

Users can use E-reading pen independently to learn Chinese pronunciation and intonations, recognize individual characters and later develop a sense of full reading. They can take the pen and books anywhere with them and learn on the go.

E-reading pen offers an alternative to either traditional audiobooks (e.g. CD, VCD, DVD, MP3 and etc) or live person reading aloud. It helps children learn Chinese on an interactive level, making for a more interesting and enjoyable learning experience.

After reviewing so many benefits of the electronic pointer pen, I decided to add E-reading pen and its compatible books into the bookstore, as a complimentary to traditional audiobooks (e.g. CD, VCD, DVD, MP3 and etc) and traditional paper books.

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There are more than ten companies in China manufacturing E-reading pens and compatible books with various brands and slightly different names, such as Easy-Read Pen or LiWay Talking Pen. In spite of the variance in the designing and outlook, these E-reading pens have similar functions using similar technologies.

A Canadian company Bilingual Me, Inc. also developed its own product line: LOYO Pen and its compatible bilingual audiobooks, dedicated to helping native English speakers to learn Mandarin Chinese and to talk in Mandarin Chinese.

Here is a demo of Easy-Read Pen, one product of E-reading pens, used by my two-year old daughter Yanyan. Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume so that you can hear the sound track.

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Comments

  1. 2
    Diana // October 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Hi there,
    we are raising our daughter in a bilingual environment too. I speak to her in Chinese and my husband speaks to her in English. We are intrigued by the e-reader pen but since there is none available in store, we are wondering what are your thoughts on the durability of the product. Our daughter is 1 1/2 years old and we are thinking of getting her the ereader as a Xmas present. We are afraid that it will break soon as kids at that age can be destructive. Any advice is appreciated

    Thanks,
    Diana

  2. 3
    Lina // October 27th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    @Diana: I give the Easy-Read Pen to my 3-year-old daughter to learn Chinese. At age 3, she is very inquisitive and independent. Therefore, every time I watch and instruct her to use the pen and books. And I put the pen away after the reading.

    The pen is very durable and sturdy. As long as you are watching her using it, rather than treating the pen as a toy and leaving her to play with it totally by herself, it should be quite safe to use.
    .

  3. 4
    Terry // March 6th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    We have a LeapFrog tag pen, and I am wondering if we can use it with the e-reading pen books.

  4. 5
    Lina // March 10th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    @Terry: LeapFrog tag pen only works with LeapFrog book series.

  5. 7
    khaled // May 30th, 2013 at 3:24 am

    i need format pens about 10000

  6. 8
    Lina // June 8th, 2013 at 5:34 am

    @Khaled: I don’t quite get what you want. Could you please email me at info@best4future.com to get me more details?

  7. 9
    Kathryn // November 11th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d
    like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  8. 10
    Lina // November 11th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    @Kathryn: you can contact me at info@best4future.com. Nice to hear from you!!

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