Spongebob Squarepants in Chinese? Meet Your New Best Friend!

Learn the Spongebob Theme Tune (& Characters) in Mandarin Chinese

Spongebob in Chinese is the best friend you never knew you needed. He’s loveable, hardworking and our golden ticket to language learning!

His witty one-liners, slightly annoying voice that gets stuck in your head and constant desire to sing the same phrase over and over are EXACTLY what is going to bump your Chinese language skills.

If you’re not yet learning Chinese though, read our blog explaining why you should start today, then come back for your new learning companion.

Spongebob in Chinese || An Introduction

Spongebob in Chinese || Learning Through Cartoons

Spongebob in Chinese || Essential Chinese Breakdown

Spongebob in Chinese || Where Can You Find Spongebob?

Spongebob in Chinese || Theme Tune Singalong!

Pikachu, just as popular as Spongebob! Another theme tune for you to learn!

Spongebob Squarepants Recap

Everyone’s favourite cartoon sponge is more than just a childhood favourite.

This cartoon is aired in 200 countries and is watchable in 50 different languages.

Chinese Mandarin is one of them.

Chinese translations of cartoon names are adorable – Spongebob is affectionately called 海绵宝宝 – which literally translates to ‘sponge baby’.

In the series, there are 265 episodes currently and the show is still being produced – meaning you won’t have to watch any repeats just yet!

There are also 3 movies.

One of these is currently available on Netflix (in 2021).

Although in the past there have been times the cartoon was not allowed in China, currently Spongebob has no such problems and is just as popular in the East as it is in the West.

Why Learning Through Cartoons is your Best Friend

TOP TIP – When you first start learning a new language – or you’re at a low-medium proficiency, cartoons can actually be the ultimate complementary tool to help you break into the next proficiency level.

How many times have you started watching a series and they talk too fast, use too much slang and discuss topics you don’t have a HSK vocabulary list for?

It’s because that’s common in real life.

Cartoons however are consistent. Especially in Chinese.

Apart from keywords such as names of characters and locations which might need to be learnt, most words are usually simple and absolutely repeated.

For example, the theme tune of Spongebob says his name 8 times and the word ‘ready’ (准备) twice, all in the space of 40 seconds!

“Their eyes and noses are exposed to a lot of things” from Weibo

Cartoons also allow you great insights into translation.

Just as Spongebob is ‘sponge baby’, Pokemon translates into ‘magical babies’ – check out our hilarious YouTube video of the theme tune if you want to know more about that though.

Cartoons are also a great way to learn because of how stress-free and relaxed they feel.

Instead of sitting in front of a serious documentary, you can passively observe Spongebob whilst taking in useful conversational vocabulary.

Even the famous Hacking Chinese guide recommends Spongebob for its accessibility. There are other options too though.

The show uses repetitive themes, a fast pace with clearly pronounced vocabulary and is simply enjoyable. Learning is always easier when you want to watch the show too, and after a long day at work, a light-hearted cartoon is an easy choice.

“Me, a man who believes I am useless” from Weibo

Often, cartoons are saved for children.

Children are the greatest language sponges, so the bright colours and creative shows manage to capture attention whilst teaching.

But why should we leave all the good resources to younger children?

Ultimately, language learning isn’t passive. At best – you will find yourself recognising phrases, but your output will be limited.

Cartoons like Spongebob, where the entire plot is pretty consistent – he works, has crazy adventures, saves the Krabby Patty formula from being stolen and annoys his neighbour – allow you to actively memorise common phrases.

There are many, many seasons, but you’re unlikely to be itching for the next episode and losing your focus of language learning over following the plot, unlike in TV shows aimed at older audiences too.

“If you think you’re useless, please think about the fire station in Bikini Bottom” from Weibo

Also – if you’re learning through immersion of Chinese social media, such as Weibo or Douyin (Chinese Tik Tok), you will also have the opportunity to come across a number of memes linked to Spongebob.

If you already know the characters, names and general plot – you’re already halfway to understanding the meme!

Memes reflect culture, so you’re not just learning how to read it, but gaining insight into the sense of humour and general mindset of the people you’re learning the language of.

It’s a win-win!

Essential Chinese Breakdown

Here are some of the key characters you need to know from Spongebob in Chinese.

Character in EnglishHanziPinyin
Spongebob Squarepants海绵宝宝 hǎimián bǎobǎo
Gary the Snail小蜗xiǎo wō
Patrick Star派大星pài dà xīng
Squidward Tentacles章鱼哥zhāngyú gē
Sandy Cheeks珊迪shān dí
Eugene H Krabs蟹老板xiè lǎobǎn
Sheldon J Plankton痞老板pǐ lǎobǎn
Mermaid Man美人鱼 战士měirényú zhànshì
Barnacle Boy企鹅男孩qì’é nánhái
The Flying Dutchman 飞天魔鬼fēitiān móguǐ
Pearl Krabs珍珍zhēnzhēn
Karen Plankton 凱倫kǎi lún
Mrs Puff泡芙老师pào fú lǎoshī

There’s more! How about all the locations you might need to know:

Locations in EnglishHanziPinyin
Bikini Bottom比基尼海滩 bǐjīní hǎitān
Texas 德克萨斯dé kè sà sī
The Krusty Krab蟹堡王xiè bǎo wáng
Spongebobs house菠萝屋bōluó wū
The Chum Bucket海至霸hǎi zhì bà
Mrs Puff’s Boating School泡芙老师的海底驾训班pào fú lǎoshī dì hǎidǐ jià xùn bān

Where Can You Find Spongebob?

So once you’re ready to get started, your main challenge might be trying to find the Chinese version of Spongebob.

After all, the cartoon is popular and easily available in English, but what about Chinese?

Don’t worry – you don’t need to be in China for the Chinese dubbed versions.

👉👉👉 Netflix Language Learning Extension

If you’re lucky, your Netflix account will have the option to change the audio or subtitles to Chinese Mandarin on anything it’s showing – the movie, the series, etc.

However, don’t worry if not!

This handy language learning extension you can download onto Google Chrome lets you change the subtitles to Chinese (it offers the pinyin AND the hanzi!)

We wrote a super guide and even filmed a video showing you how to use it:

👉👉👉 YouTube

YouTube is GREAT for short clips from Spongebob episodes in Chinese – just make sure you search 海绵宝宝 into the search bar!

You can’t find many full episodes available, however short clips are great for reviewing.

Also not all of the videos will have pre-made subtitles or automatically generated subtitles available so it’s great for your listening practise.

👉👉👉 Douyin and Weibo

Douyin (Chinese Tik Tok) and Weibo (Chinese Twitter/Facebook) are great for some of the most memorable short clips with subtitles.

Users will load videos or memes of the most popular sections – which realistically are the most useful.

Both apps are available regardless of where you are based in the world.

👉👉👉 Youku

Youku is a fantastic option for those in China.

If you’re outside of China, you might find the site won’t work for you, however if you’re inside, full episodes complete with subtitles are at your fingertips!

Theme Tune Singalong!

The theme tune in Chinese is loyal to the original and translates literally!

So this catchy minute-long tune is as educational as it is enjoyable.

Why don’t you have a go singing along?

Lyrics in characters and pinyin:

准备好了吗孩子们?
Zhǔnbèi hǎole ma háizimen?

是的船长
Shì de chuánzhǎng

太小声喽  
Tài xiǎoshēng lóu

是的船长
Shì de chuánzhǎng

哦~
ó

是谁住在深海的大凤梨里
shì shéi zhù zài shēnhǎi de dà fènglí lǐ

海绵宝宝
hǎimián bǎobǎo

方方黄黄伸缩自如 
fāng fāng huáng huáng shēnsuō zìrú

海绵宝宝
hǎimián bǎobǎo

如果四处探险是你的愿望 
rúguǒ sìchù tànxiǎn shì nǐ de yuànwàng

海绵宝宝
hǎimián bǎobǎo

那就敲敲甲板让大鱼开路 
nà jiù qiāo qiāo jiǎbǎn ràng dà yú kāilù

海绵宝宝
hǎimián bǎobǎo

准备…
zhǔnbèi…

海绵宝宝 
hǎimián bǎobǎo

海绵宝宝  
hǎimián bǎobǎo

海绵宝宝 
hǎimián bǎobǎo

海绵宝宝 
hǎimián bǎobǎo

哈哈
hāhā


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Spongebob in Chinese – FAQs

What is Spongebob in Chinese?

海绵宝宝 – hǎimián bǎobǎo

Where can I find Spongebob in Chinese Mandarin?

YouTube, Netflix, Youku are the main servers currently showing the cartoon.

Why are cartoons good for language learning?

They’re repetitive, clearly pronounced and light-hearted so there’s more incentive to watch them!

Is Spongebob only available in Mandarin?

Nope there is also a Cantonese dubbed version available, but all information here is specific to the Mandarin option.

Is the Spongebob theme tune available in Mandarin?

Absolutely!

If you want to learn Spongebob’s theme tune in Chinese check out our video here.

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