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HSK Standard Course Level 2: 2.1

Build your Chinese language skills and start your journey towards the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) level 2 test.

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Grow your confidence in communicating in Chinese

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

Develop your knowledge of Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system

As you progress, you’ll develop your phonetic knowledge of Pinyin by practising the stress in disyllabic, trisyllabic, and quadrisyllabic words, improving your fluency and becoming proficient with the stress in a sentence.

Explore Chinese characters and the Chinese writing system

Learning both Pinyin and the Chinese writing system together can help you overcome the challenges of connecting the written Chinese characters with their corresponding sounds.

This course guides you through both the phonetic system and writing system, side-by-side, allowing you to master your pronunciation and character writing alongside your language learning throughout this course.

Discover useful Chinese phrases and greetings and basic Chinese grammar

Each week, you’ll explore different language points, learning everyday phrases to help you communicate useful information. From talking about travel plans and your favourite sports to acknowledging someone’s birthday and passing on a message, you’ll build up a linguistic repertoire of useful Chinese phrases.

To further help you communicate in Chinese, you’ll also develop your understanding of Chinese grammar, including how to use the adverb of degree, the adverb of time, and different sentence structures.


  • Week 1

    September is the best time to visit Beijing

    • A trip to Beijing

      Today we will talk about travel plan, and how to say I want to do something in Chinese and its negative form.

    • What sport do you like

      Let's learn the expressions of how to ask and answer about “what kind of sports do you like” and send invitation of doing sports together.

    • We should buy some new chairs

      Let's learn how to express an approximate number by using 几 and多.

    • There is a cat under the table

      Let's talk about this pretty cat and see how old it is.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week you will practise 2 different stress structures of words with two syllables. For writing, you will learn 2 basic strokes; 2 characters: 为and也; and 2 Chinese radicals: 王字旁 and 足字旁.

    • Week 1 Summary

      In this week you learnt how to talk about travel plan and sports and express approximate numbers. Also the stress patterns of words with two syllables. And get to know the two basic strokes with 2 characters and 2 radicals.

  • Week 2

    I get up at six every day

    • What time do you get up

      What time do you get up or doing sports? People often talk about our daily habits in interpersonal communication. Today we will start with the daily routine expressions.

    • Did you take your medicine

      Sometimes people do get sick due to the weather, so today we will learn how to express your concern about your friends who was sick.

    • How tall is he

      When you want to describe someone, what aspects do you think about? Age, height, relationship to you, etc. That is what we are going to focus on today.

    • He has been busy lately

      We have learnt how to describe some basic information of a person such as the age, 多大, the height, 多高. Today we will go on with how to describe someone’s status.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we are going to see the stress patterns of words with three syllables. You will also learn two basic strokes of Chinese character, 2 Chinese characters and 2 radicals.

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you have learnt the daily routine; expressions of showing concern and describing a person; you practised the stress patterns of words with three syllables; you also learnt 2 strokes, 2 characters and 2 radicals.

  • Week 3

    The red one on the left is mine

    • Is this watch yours

      Today we will learn how to describe something’s ownership and price.

    • Let me see, it's the milkman

      We have learnt how to express ownership with “的”and price over 1000 with “多”. Today we will keep going with the “的” structure.

    • The small one beside it is my daughter's room

      Today we will focus on how to describe an item, such as colour and location.

    • Have you seen my cup

      We have already learnt how to describe the position, ownership, color, price of an item. So today we will try to describe something with all the expressions we have learnt recently.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      You will practise the stress patterns of words with four syllables; for writing part, you will learn how to write three new characters, two stroke orders and two radicals.

    • Week 3 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to describe an item; the expression with “一下”. Also the stress the stress patterns of words with four syllables; 3 new characters, 2 strokes and 2 radicals.

  • Week 4

    He recommended me for this job

    • Happy birthday

      How do you celebrate birthday? Today we will talk about birthday celebrations.

    • Someone called you this morning

      Today we are going to talk about how to pass on a message to others.

    • I was 11 when I played football for the first time

      Today we have learned about describing a time point with “……的时候”. When did you begin to play football?

    • How long have you been working here

      Today we will come to the last dialogue of Lesson 4, talk about job topics.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      If you want to speak Chinese like a native speaker, the stresses in sentences are also important. Today we will learn how to do it. You will also learn 3 new characters, 2 strokes and 2 radicals.

    • Week 4 Summary

      This week you have learnt talk about birthday celebrations; how to pass on a message to others; describing a time point; the expressions about job topics; the stresses in sentences; and 2 strokes, 3 characters and 2 radicals.

  • Week 5

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    • Let's go to a restaurant for dinner

      Do you prefer having dinner at home or in a restaurant? What is your favourite food?

    • What do you think of this garment

      Do you like shopping for clothes? What element do you care most when buying clothes? Style, colour or price? This dialogue we will talk about shopping.

    • Are you thinking about yesterday's test

      Do you feel nervous when an exam is coming? In this dialogue we will talk about exams.

    • Too much coffee is bad for our health

      Do you prefer coffee or tea in the morning? How many cups of coffee or tea do you have every day? Let's talk about having a drink.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      For Pinyin, Let’s have a look at the stress on attributive phrases first. Then we will learn how to write two new characters and two radicals.

    • Week 5 Summary

      This week you have learnt the expressions about the dinner and drinks topics, clothes shopping and exam; You practised the stresses in sentences on attributive phrases; and learnt 2 characters and 2 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...

  • Perform a good understand on Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin), especially for the stress in words and in a sentence
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Chinese writing system, including basic strokes and writing single-component 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 2

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with experience in basic Chinese. It is recommended that you have completed the HSK 1: Chinese Language for Beginners ExpertTrack or that you have at least 30 hours of Chinese language experience.

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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