DS, Ubisoft, £19.99

Desperate to learn Mandarin but not prepared to invest in proper lessons? Or do you want your children to put their classmates’ achievements in double French in the shade?

Either way, you should get some mileage from the latest title in the My Coach series, which offers an inexpensive introduction to China’s tongue. With pronunciation, it’s a boon, but when it comes to writing characters, the wheels start to come off. Fine for learning a few basics, but not much more.

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