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HSK Standard Course Level 2: 2.2

Take your Chinese language skills to the next level, learn the intonations in Chinese sentences, and explore new Chinese phrases.

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    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Develop your Chinese through expertly crafted videos and learning materials

On this five-week intermediate course from ChinesePlus, you’ll further your knowledge of the Chinese language and develop your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Through engaging videos and content, as well as the opportunity to engage with native speakers, you’ll explore more phrases, grammar, and pronunciations to use in everyday situations.

Learn useful conversation points such as talking about food and asking for help

Building on your existing bank of phrases and greetings, you’ll learn more expressions throughout this course, such as talking about food and drinks, and discussing exams and studies.

You’ll also explore posing questions, specifically how to ask the reason for things and how to ask for help.

Discover the intonations of Chinese sentences using Pinyin

Intonation is very important in language as it conveys the attitude, emotion, and intention of a sentence. Generally speaking, in Chinese, interrogative sentences have a rising intonation and declarative sentences have a falling intonation.

On this course, you will practise the intonations of Chinese sentences: rising intonation and falling intonation. By learning about Chinese intonations, you’ll be able to better convey your intentions when speaking.

Explore the Chinese language through the context of Chinese culture

As you develop your understanding of the Chinese language, you’ll explore the contemporary culture and life in China, allowing you to recognise the nuances of the language.


  • Week 1

    Why don't you eat more

    • I saw his bike outside the door

      Today we’ll learn the question using 怎么 to ask about the reason for something, indicating surprise or astonishment.

    • The mutton today is excellent

      If you like a kind of food, will you eat it everyday? Probably “No” because we may get tired of eating the same food every day. Now let’s learn dialogue 2 which is talking about this.

    • Because it rained yesterday; I went swimming

      Today we will learn more words and expressions about sports.

    • He has gone to Beijing

      Today we will continue with dialogue 4 and learn how to answer the questions with“因为”.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      We will learn how to emphasise logical stress in a sentence, and get to know how to write 门 and 羊 and learn 2 new radicals.

    • Week 1 Summary

      This week you learnt how to to ask about the reason for something, reduplication of measure words and more words and expressions about sports. You also learnt the logical stress in a sentence and 2 new characters and 2 radicals.

  • Week 2

    Do you live far from your company

    • He is still studying in the classroom

      Today we will learn another usage of the modal adverb“还”. After learning this, you could ask this question in Chinese “It's already 9 o’clock and why are you still in bed?"

    • I am on the way to the Airport

      Do you often travel by plane?Will your family or friend pick you up at the airport?When you arrived the airport and your friend haven’t arrived yet, how can you ask where he or she is, that is what we’ll see in today’s dialogue.

    • It takes more than one hour by bus

      Do you live far from your school or company?How do you go to school or work every day?By bus or by car?Why?That’s what we are going to talk about today.

    • Let's have dinner together tonight to celebrate your birthday

      In China, we often celebrate our birthday having dinner with our family and friends together, and usually we eat noodles which means longevity. Today we’ll see two girls talking about celebrating the birthday of one of them.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Like many other languages there two basic intonations in Chinese. The rising intonation and the falling intonation. We will practise the intonations of Chinese sentences and learn two radicals today.

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you learnt how to describe the continuation of an action or a state; how to emphasise something will happen soon; how to describe the distance from a place or moment. Learnt the intonations of sentences and 2 radicals.

  • Week 3

    Let me think about it and I'll tell you later

    • Let's go to see a movie this afternoon

      Do you like to see a movie with your friends? This is what we are going to learn today.

    • Professor Wang asked me to give David a call

      If you have time, what would you like to do with your friends? Let’s see a conversation between two friends, what do they want to do.

    • Excuse me, I can't open my door

      When you live in a hotel, and you try to go into your room but the door doesn’t open. What will you do? How could you ask for help in Chinese? That is what we are going to learn today.

    • What do you think of these dresses

      Today we will learn some more words about colours.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we will learn to read declarative sentences in correct intonation and two Chinese radicals “又字旁”and “巾字旁”.

    • Week 3 Summary

      This week you learnt how to ask about another person’s willingness or idea; how to call waiter or waitress; some colours and how to choose the proper clothes; also the intonation of declarative sentence and 2 new radicals

  • Week 4

    There were too many questions; I didn't finish all of them

    • You've got the wrong number

      Making a phone call to look for someone is very common in our daily life. If you have dial the wrong number, what would you hear and what could you say in Chinese? That’s we are going to learn today.

    • I was seven when I danced for the first time

      Do you like singing or dancing? What is your hobby? When did you start to learn that? In today’s dialogue we will talk about this.

    • David has got a job

      Looking for job is an important issue, if your friend is doing that, how to show your concern on it. That is what we will focus on today.

    • How was the test yesterday

      How was your last exam? Do your family members or friends usually ask you about how the exams go? Today we will learn something about it.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      This week we will learn how to read Yes-no questions in correct intonation and two new radicals 土字旁“土”and四点底 “灬”.

    • Week 4 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to look for someone on a phone; how to use the complement of result; how to use the preposition 从; and how to talk about exam. You also practised how to read Yes-no questions and learnt two radicals.

  • Week 5

    Stop looking for your cell phone; it's on the desk

    • Watching TV is good for Chinese learning

      Do you like watching TV? Is it helpful to your Chinese learning? In today’s dialogue we will talk about watching TV.

    • The doctor said you need more rest

      In the previous class, we talked about what is helpful to Chinese learning. Today we’ll see a dialogue in the hospital, what is good and what is not good for the patients.

    • Why did you buy so many things

      If somebody important will come to your home, what would you prepare? Buying a lot delicious food to treat the guest? What would you buy? That is what we are going to focus on today.

    • What are you looking for

      Do you often misplace things at home? Glasses, mobile phone, keys etc, so that you should look for this or that all the time. Today we will learn how to describe where we put our stuff in Chinese.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      We will learn the intonation of a specific question; and two new radicals: 走字旁 and 穴字头.

    • Week 5 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to talk about doing something is helpful; how to advice someone not to do something; expressions about describing location; the intonation of a specific question and two new 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 the intonation of a sentence
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Chinese writing system, including ten radicals
  • 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 40 hours of Chinese language experience.

Who will you learn with?

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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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