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Contemporary Chinese II: 2.1

Improve your Chinese Mandarin proficiency and learn how to create more complex sentences using adverbs and prepositions.

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  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Build your Chinese vocabulary and compose simple sentences in Mandarin

When learning a new language, it can be extremely helpful to add cultural context as you learn, building more of your knowledge of the environment and culture around the language alongside the language skills themselves.

On this six-week course from ChinesePlus, you’ll learn new vocabulary and sentence structures to discuss topics such as the weather, past events, locations, and health. You’ll also build your general knowledge of Chinese culture to put your new skills into context.

Discover the structures for discussing past and present experiences in Chinese

As you progress through this course, you’ll master a number of new Chinese particles to describe past experiences and actions. Using the function words 过 (guo) and 了 (le), you’ll begin to compose simple sentences about changes in situations.

Develop more complex sentences using prepositions and adverbs

Once you have the basic skills to discuss a topic in another language, you then need to learn the different grammatical rules to form more complex and natural conversations.

This course will guide you through building complex sentences by using prepositions, adverbs, and clauses to expand your Chinese proficiency. You’ll practice both writing and speaking in Chinese in order to take your Chinese fluency to the next level.

Explore different aspects of Chinese culture

At the end of each week of this course, once you’ve added to your Chinese language skills, you will learn about a new aspect of Chinese culture to build out your general knowledge. This will help you to hold more natural conversations with native speakers.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about a number of topics that will reinforce your language skills, from tourist attractions and the Chinese zodiac to common Chinese greetings and useful Chinese idioms.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Have you ever climbed the Great Wall?

    • Welcome to Contemporay Chinese II: 2.1

      Welcome to Contemporary Chinese II: 2.1. In this part, we will provide basic information about this course.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • I’ve raised birds before.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “I’ve raised birds before” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • You must be very familiar with Beijing by now?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “You must be very familiar with Beijing now” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will have a self-assessment part of Chinese characters and summarize the key sentences in this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

  • Week 2

    Is everyone here?

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • She went to the hospital.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “She went to hospital” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “What did you eat for breakfast this morning” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will have a self-assessment part of Chinese characters and summarize the key sentences in this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

  • Week 3

    When did they arrive?

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • They took the train here.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “They took the train here” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • When did you borrow this book?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “When did you borrow this book” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will have a self-assessment part of Chinese characters and summarize the key sentences in this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

  • Week 4

    You’re dressed so beautifully today.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • She sings very well.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “She sings very well” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Mark is speaking Chinese especially fluently today.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Mark is speaking Chinese especially fluently today” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

  • Week 5

    The weather in my hometown is better than here.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • It’s not so hot in my hometown.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “t’s not so hot in my hometown” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Is the weather in your hometown the same as here?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Is the weather in your hometown the same as here” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will have a self-assessment part of Chinese characters and summarize the key sentences in this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

  • Week 6

    My hometown is in the northeast.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • There’s a mountain on the north side of my house and a river on the south side.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “There’s a mountain on the north side of my house and a river on the south side” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Is your home far from the sea?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Is your home far from the sea” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points in this week and we will also provide quiz for self-assessment. Please remember that you can always go back to the previous activities to review what we have learned until now.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will have a self-assessment part of Chinese characters and summarize the key sentences in this week for practical use. In addition, there will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference.

    • Test & Summary

      In this part, we will provide an overall test consisting of two sections for this course and summarize what we have learned in this course.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify key categories of vocabulary
  • Explore complex grammatical devices and structures
  • Practice asking and answering conversational questions
  • Produce simple sentences and short paragraphs
  • Explore aspects of Chinese culture
  • Develop general knowledge of China

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning the Chinese language. To benefit from this course, you will need an understanding of basic Chinese phonetics.

It is recommended that you complete the Contemporary Chinese 1 ExpertTrack first as it will give you the foundation you need for this course.

Who will you learn with?

AFHEA, a Chinese teacher from Fudan University, has been teaching Chinese in China, Cameroon, Ecuador, the UK and Australia (remotely) for over ten years.

Who developed the course?

ChinesePlus

Chinese Plus lends support to domestic and foreign educational institutions, social organizations, and enterprises to take part in Online Chinese Class and set up localized platforms to conduct remote online Chinese education. It offers an all-in-one service package that includes online “teaching, learning, testing, and researching” as well as Chinese-centered online preparatory courses and “Chinese + vocational education” courses, among other services.

  • Established

    2020
  • Location

    Beijing, China

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Develop your Chinese language skills and learn new Chinese vocabulary, grammar, and expressions for more natural conversations.

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