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HSK Standard Course Level 1: 1.2

Discover the basics of Chinese sentence structure to help you communicate in Chinese and gain the knowledge of Chinese character

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Gain the first solid footing on the Chinese learning journey, achieving HSK 1

On this five-week course, you’ll advance your study of the Chinese language as you begin to explore sentence structure.

This understanding will help you learn how to ask questions and the basic language techniques to express “can”, “how”, “want”, “would like” and “where”.

You’ll also learn to ask questions with the interrogative particle “ne”.

Learn days of the week in Chinese

On the course, you’ll explore how to communicate the days of the week and months of the year.

You’ll also learn how to how to ask for and offer information about location, as well as discussing amounts of money. This knowledge will help you with the everyday interactions you could face when travelling in China.

Start to unpack Chinese sentence structure

As you start to construct sentences, you’ll learn more about sentence structure to help ensure you can clearly express your ideas.

You’ll discover serial verb constructions, how to structure an existential sentence, and using imperative sentences with “please”.

Learn about life in China

Throughout the course, you’ll hear from native speakers and language teaching professionals to explore both Chinese culture and language.

Whether you want to work, study, or travel in China, each interactive step of the course will ensure you finish with the knowledge and confidence to communicate in Chinese.

This course follow the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) curriculum and help you prepare for the HSK level 1 test.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    I can speak Chinese

    • Can you speak Chinese

      How to ask if someone can do something

    • Chinese food is delicious

      Have you tried Chinese food before? Today we are going to learn how to talk more about Chinese food

    • I can read Chinese Characters

      Can you write Chinese characters? Today we are going to learn how to talk more about Chinese character 汉字

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today you will practise the collocation of the first tone and the other tones. And you will learn 3 new strokes and 3 new characters, as well as learn the single components structure and compound component structure.

    • Week 1 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to ask and answer questions about learning Chinese, know how to use the modal verb 会。Review the tones in Pinyin and learnt the structures of Chinese characters. Let's see if you can grasp all of them.

  • Week 2

    What's the date today

    • What's the date today

      We have learned the numbers below 100. Today we are going to talk about the calendar.

    • What was the date yesterday

      Let's have a look how can you say yesterday and tomorrow in Chinese

    • Tomorrow is Saturday

      We have learnt how to express dates in Chinese. Now we’ll go on to learn how to talk about the schedule.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today you will practise the collocation of the second tone with the other tones. And you will learn 3 new characters, two component structures and two radicals.

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to ask and answer questions about dates。Review the tones in Pinyin and learnt the structures of Chinese characters. Let's see if you can grasp all of them.

  • Week 3

    I'd like some tea

    • I'd like some tea

      Today we will discuss food and drinks and how to make a request.

    • What do you want to buy

      In the last lesson we are talking about foods and drinks you would like to have. Today we are going to learn how to talk about someone’s plan.

    • How much is this cup

      Let's learn how to ask for price in Chinese and get to know chinese currency.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Let's practise the collocation of the third tone with the other tones; For writing, you will learn two new characters少 and 个, and two radicals 钅 and 口 and understand two component structures.

    • Week 3 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to ask for price。Review the tones in Pinyin and learnt the structures of Chinese characters. Let's see if you can grasp all of them.

  • Week 4

    Where does your son work

    • Where is the kitty

      Let's have a look how can you describe something or someone's location in Chinese

    • Where do you work

      You will learn how to say where do you work in Chinese, use 在 as a preposition to introduce the place where an action takes place.

    • Is your father at home

      We will learn how to say family members in Chinese and ask for someone's location.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Let's practise the collocation of the forth tone with the other tones; for writing, you will learn three new characters, two radicals and one Component structures: half-enclosure structure.

    • Week 4 Summary

      This week you learnt how to describe something and someone's location with 在 sentence structure in Chinese. Review the tones in Pinyin and learnt the structures of Chinese characters. Let's see if you can grasp all of them

  • Week 5

    Can I sit here

    • What are there on the desk

      How to describe a situation "what's on the table" in Chinese.

    • Who is the person in the front

      You will learn how to describe the position of a item or a person with some new location words.

    • Is this seat taken

      Today you will learn how to ask whether the seat is saved for others in Chinese.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week you will practise the neutral tone; for writing, you will learn four new characters, and two radicals and one component structures.

    • Week 5 Summary

      This week, you learnt the existence sentence structure. For Pinyin you practised the neutral tone; For writing, you learnt four new characters, the enclosure structure of compound characters, and two new Chinese radicals.

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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 tone collocations in Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin)
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of structures and radicals of Chinese characters
  • 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 or for those who completed HSK 1.1.

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?

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

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