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HSK Standard Course Level 1: 1.1

Develop your knowledge of useful Chinese phrases and greetings to help build your confidence in communicating in Chinese.

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    5 weeks
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Gain the first solid footing on the Chinese learning journey, achieving HSK 1

On this interactive five-week course from Chinese Plus, you’ll build a solid foundation of the Chinese language to use in everyday situations.

You’ll start by developing your phonetic knowledge of Chinese before exploring a variety of topics to help you understand and communicate in different contexts.

Through engaging videos and content, you’ll explore the Chinese phonetic system (pinyin). This system will help you overcome the challenges of connecting the written Chinese characters with their corresponding sounds, so you can master your pronunciation alongside your language learning.

Discover useful Chinese phrases and greetings

As you explore different language points, you’ll learn everyday phrases to help you communicate useful information.

You’ll learn greetings and how to introduce yourself with your name, age, and nationality.

To share more personal information and build better relationships, you’ll also discover how to talk about your family and profession.

Explore basic Chinese writing

To further help you communicate in Chinese, you’ll develop a good understanding of the Chinese writing system. This includes basic strokes and writing sequences of Chinese characters.

Discover Chinese culture

As part of developing your understanding of the Chinese language, you’ll explore the contemporary culture and life in China.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with native speakers to communicate in common everyday situations.

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the experts at Chinese Plus, a leading educational organisation. Learning from qualified and experienced teachers, this course follow the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) curriculum and help you prepare for the HSK level 1 test.


  • Week 1


    • Hello

      In China, we usually shake hands, wave hands or just nod as greeting.

    • Sorry

      How to make an apology in Chinese

    • Chinese Pronunciation System

      Chinese Pronunciation System are represented by Pinyin, The Pinyin system is a Romanized representation of the pronunciation of Mandarin.

    • Chinese Writing System

      Chinese characters are made up of strokes, just as English words are made up of letters. If you want to learn writing Chinese characters, you have to start with strokes. Today we will learn five basic strokes.

    • Week 1 Summary

      This week gives students the fundamentals you need to begin studying Chinese. Background is provided on the language's syllabic structure, pinyin, and writing system. Let's see if you grasp all of them.

  • Week 2

    Thank you

    • Thank you

      If a Chinese people did you a favour, how do you say thank you in Chinese?

    • Goodbye

      How to say goodbye in Chinese, and how you can you respond.

    • Chinese Pronunciation System

      Today we will learn 7 new initials and rest 18 finals

    • Chinese Writing System

      You will learn three new strokes and how to write three single-component characters

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you have learnt more daily expressions, and get to know all the initials, finals and tones, and how to put tone marks. you also learnt three new strokes and three Characters. Let's see if you grasp all of them.

  • Week 3

    What's your name

    • What's your name

      When you are in a party, you can greet a stranger by saying “你好”. but how do you ask that person's name? This is what we are going to learn today.

    • Are you a teacher

      How can you ask in Chinese whether someone is a teacher or a student

    • Chinese Pronunciation System

      Today we’ll focus on some difficult groups of pronunciation in Chinese: the initials j, q, x, z, c, s and the finals i, u, ü;

    • Chinese Writing System

      We’ll learnt another two new hook strokes and four Chinese characters人、中、月、心。

    • Week 3 Summary

      We have learnt how to ask and answer the names, nationalities and to use 是 sentences. We practised j, q, x, z, c, s and learnt changing tone rules of 不. We also learnt 2 new strokes and 4 characters. Let's test if you grasp them.

  • Week 4

    She is my Chinese teacher

    • She is my Chinese teacher

      Today we will learn the question word "who", and how to say "my" in Chinese.

    • She is American, she is my friend

      You will learn how to introduce your friend or classmate; enquire about someone's nationality.

    • Chinese Pronunciation System

      Today you will practise the initials zh, ch, sh, r and the alveolar nasal "n" and the velar nasal "ng"; also the tone sandhi of "yi" and use of "y" and "w".

    • Chinese Writing System

      You will learn 2 more strokes; 4 new characters; and one stroke order rule.

    • Week 4 Summary

      Let's check if you understand what we have learnt today.

  • Week 5

    Her daughter is 20 years old this year

    • How many people are there in your family

      Today we will learn how to use gestures to express numbers from 1 to 10. And we will also learn how to use the interrogative pronoun 几 to ask about the number from 1-10.

    • How old is your daughter

      Today we will learn numbers below 100 and how to ask about people's ages.

    • Chinese Pronunciation System

      You will practise the retroflex final and the finals beginning with i, u, ü; get to know the difference between aspirated and unaspirated initials; and know how to use syllable-dividing mark.

    • Chinese Writing System

      You will learn 2 more strokes; 4 new characters and one more strokes order rule.

    • Week 5 Summary

      Let's check if you understand what we have learnt today.

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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 Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin)
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Chinese writing system, including writing rules and basic strokes
  • Engage with native speakers to communicate in a common everyday situation
  • Explore the contemporary culture and life in China
  • Contribute to successfully sit the Chinese Proficiency Exam HSK level 1

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who would like to develop their basic knowledge of Chinese.

You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge. This course will help you develop your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Chinese.

It will be particularly useful if you are going to take the HSK level 1 test.

Who will you learn with?

has been teaching Chinese in the UK higher education for over 10 years. She has developed innovative learning methods and teaching materials during her teaching experience.

Who developed the course?

Chinese Plus

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.

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    Beijing, China

About this ExpertTrack

Master everyday Chinese and prepare for the recognised HSK level 1 test on this beginner Chinese language ExpertTrack.

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