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HSK Standard Course Level 1: 1.3

Develop your language skills in Chinese as you learn tenses, sentence word order and some grammar in this interactive course.

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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 Chinese language course, you’ll develop your language skills as you begin to explore the tenses.

You’ll also become more confident in expressing time as an adverbial and using the modal particles, offering more information in your sentence structures.

Start to explore the tenses and how to emphasise things in Chinese

As you advance into more complex language skills, you’ll explore tenses such as an action in progress, and how to describe someone is doing something right now.

Once you have an understanding of the present tense, you’ll also learn how to express an action that has already been completed.

You’ll delve into expressions of time to learn how to emphasise time, place or manner (e.g. transportation).

Understand how to talk about the weather and shopping

You’ll use your knowledge of tenses to be able to communicate expressions in the past and future, such as discussing what the weather will be like tomorrow, what she has bought yesterday.

Develop your Chinese language skills alongside experts

Learning from experienced teachers and native speakers, this course will help you build a solid understanding of the Chinese language.

Whether you want to boost your CV, travel or study in China, or improve work relationships, this engaging course will help you improve your language skills to effectively communicate in a variety of contexts.

This course follow the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) curriculum and by completing this course, you should be able to sit confidently in HSK 1 exam.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    What's the time now

    • What's the time now

      Today we will learn some useful words and expressions to talk about time.

    • When is father coming home

      We will learn another expression of asking time “什么时候” and get to know the position of the time word in a Chinese sentence: always before the verb.

    • I will go to Beijing next Monday

      We have learned how to express doing things at a certain time. Do you know how to ask and answer about the time duration in Chinese? If not, don’t worry. We’re going to learn it in this Lesson.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Sometimes the certain syllable of a word can only be pronounced in neutral tone, today we will look at the function of the neutral tones. For writing, we will learn two new characters and two new radicals.

    • Week 1 Summary

      In this week you have learnt how to express time and time duration in Chinese. For Pinyin, you learnt the function of neutral-tone syllables; for writing part, you have learnt how to write two new Characters and two radicals.

  • Week 2

    What will the weather be like tomorrow

    • It was too hot

      In our daily life, people like to start a conversation by talking about the weather. Let's learn how to do that in Chinese today.

    • Will it rain today

      The weather can be changeable. In the last lesson we've learnt 天气太热了。太冷了。While in most places, it rains in summer. Then how can we put it into Chinese? We're going to learn more expression about the weather today.

    • How are you

      If the weather is too cold, you caught a cold because of the low temperature and had to see the doctor, how would you talk to him or her in Chinese? We are going to learn that today.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week, you will practise the tone collocation in trisyllabic words starting with the first-tone syllable. Also you will learn how to write three single-component characters and two radicals.

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you learnt how to talk about the weather, and using 会 to indicate the possibility. For Pinyin, you practised the tone collocation in words of three syllables. For writing, you learnt 3 characters and 2 radicals.

  • Week 3

    He is learning to cook Chinese food

    • What are you doing

      If we want to talk to our friends far away from us, how can we do that? Yes, we can make a phone call. And do you know how to talk on the phone in Chinese? Let's have a look in today's lesson.

    • I was watching TV at home

      Now we’ll go on with talking about what we are or we were doing at a certain time.

    • Her number is 82304156

      In this lesson you will learn how to say your telephone number in Chinese and the usage of the modal particle of 吧.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      You will practise the tone collocation in words of three syllables starting with the 2nd tone; for writing, you will learn how to write three new characters and two radicals.

    • Week 3 Summary

      You learnt how to make a phone call and tell you are doing something in Chinese. You also practised the tone collocation in words of three syllables starting with the 2nd tone, and learnt three new characters and two radical.

  • Week 4

    She has bought quite a few clothes

    • I went shopping

      You will learn some useful words and expressions about shopping, also get to know the usage of the particle了.

    • He has gone to a driving lesson

      In this lesson you will learn the usage about 后, the opposite of 前.

    • What did you buy

      In this part, we will learn the usage of the adverb 都 and the pronunciation of the modal particle 啊 。

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week, you will practise the tone collocation in trisyllabic words starting with the third-tone syllable. And three single-component characters with two new radicals.

    • Week 4 Summary

      This week you learnt the usage of the particle了, 后, 都 and the pronunciation of 啊 . You also practises the tone collocation in words of three syllables starting with the 3rd tone and learnt three new characters and two radicals.

  • Week 5

    I came here by air

    • We met in September, 2011

      This week you will learn the sentence structure of 是……的to emphasise the time and place.

    • How did you come here

      In this part, you will learn some words and expressions about the means of transportation, as well as another usage of the structure of 是……的to emphasise the ways of doing something, such as transportation.

    • You came here by air

      Now you will how to talk to new friends. And you will review the structure of 是……的, which can be used to emphasise time, place and ways of doing something.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week you will practise the tone collocation in words of three syllables starting with the 4th tone; for writing, you will learn how to write three characters 年, 出, 飞and two radicals: 艹 宀.

    • Week 5 Summary

      You have learnt 是……的 structure to emphasise time, place and ways of doing something. You practised the tone collocation in words of three syllable starting with the 4th tone; you also learnt three new characters and two 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 words of three syllables in Pinyin
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of writing single-component characters and radicals
  • Engage with native speakers to communicate in a common everyday situation
  • Explore the tenses and some grammar in Chinese
  • Contribute to successfully sit the Chinese Proficiency Exam HSK level 1

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for beginner language learners who want to improve their skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening in Chinese.

You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience.

It will be particularly useful if you are going to take the HSK level 1 test or for those who completed HSK 1.1 and HSK 1.2.

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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