At last . . a set of Chinese character blocks. There is no alphabet in Mandarin, but there are some basic words that begin to help a child develop a vocabulary. Those with Chinese children will find this helpful along with children's songs like Ni Wa Wa and Little Swallow. It is a far cry from learning Mandarin, but it gets the idea across for Chinese American children and helps greatly in explaining ideographs. It's a good idea, however, to find a Chinese friend to pronounce these for your child in Mandarin in order to avoid bad pronunciation habits.