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HSK Standard Course Level 2: 2.3

Further develop your knowledge of Chinese phrases and grammatical constructs and complete your learning for the HSK level 2 test.

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    5 weeks
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    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 complete your learning journey for HSK level 2, developing the Chinese language knowledge and skills to take the level 2 test.

Learn the intonation of questions through Pinyin

Using your foundation of the Chinese phonetic system Pinyin, you’ll build your speaking skills by exploring questions, specifically affirmative-negative and alternative questions, and the correct intonation required.

You’ll also look at the intonation of new types of sentences, such as imperative sentences and exclamatory sentences.

Develop your Chinese Mandarin listening and reading skills

To round out your Chinese language skills, you need to grow your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills equally.

This course will help you develop each area with practical and interactive lessons, video content, and tests at each step of the journey to reinforce your new knowledge.

Improve your career prospects and travel options with Chinese language skills

Throughout this 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.

Once you’ve finished this course, you’ll be ready to take the HSK level 2 test.


  • Week 1

    He is three years older than me

    • Who was the guy with you in the karaoke yesterday

      Have you ever sung with friends in a Karaoke bar? Do you love it? Today we will learn some expressions about singing in a Karaoke bar.

    • Is the girl on the left reading a newspaper your eldersister

      People like to see and talk about photos with their friends. How to introduce your family members to your friends? Today let’s see some talk between two girls in their dorm.

    • It's cheaper than the price yesterday

      Let’s see how to buy fruits in Chinese in dialogue 3.

    • The woman speaking in front of us is my Chinese teacher

      Do you know your teachers well? What’s his/her surname? Today we will see two students talking about their new Chinese teachers.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we will learn intonation of affirmative-negative question. And two Chinese radicals:病字头 "疒" and 两点水"冫".

    • Week 1 Summary

      This week you have learnt how to use a verb phrase as an attributive modifier; the 比 comparison sentences;how to buy fruits in a store and how to introduce others; the intonation of affirmative-negative question and 2 radicals.

  • Week 2

    You wear too little

    • When do you get up every morning

      How is your daily schedule?Today we’ll talk about it in dialogue 1.

    • Have more rice, please

      Have you been invited to a Chinese friend’s home for dinner?What do they usually say at dinner?Today we are going to learn it.

    • It's snowing. It's really cold today

      How is the weather today in your city, what temperature is it?Shall we put on more clothes or less clothes?Do you know how to say these in Chinese?That is what we are talking about today.

    • He also wants to live nearer

      Where do you work or study?Is it far from you house?Is it convenient?Today we’ll say something about the location of residence in dialogue 4.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we will learn the Intonation of Alternative Question. And two new radicals: “止字旁” and “同字头”.

    • Week 2 Summary

      This week you have learnt the particle 得 sentences to introduce a complement of result or degree; how to describe weather; the intonation of an alternative question; and two new radicals: 止字旁 and 同字头。

  • Week 3

    The door is open

    • The door is open. Come on in

      If you make an appointment with someone at the company, what would you say to the front desk in Chinese when you arrive at the company? That’s what we are going to learn today in dialogue 1.

    • Who is the girl speaking

      Do you know who the girl is in the picture? She is wearing white and holding a cotton candy in her hand. If we want to ask about a stranger, how to pose a question in Chinese?Today we are going to learn it in dialogue 2.

    • She is the girl in our class with big eyes and a mailing face

      Can you describe the girl in the picture? Today we also have a heroine in the dialogue, do you want to know how she looks like?

    • Walk straight ahead from here and turn right at the first crossing

      If you go to an unfamiliar place, how do you ask for directions in Chinese? And can you understand the answers? Today we will talk about asking and giving directions.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      We will learn the Intonation of Imperative Sentence and two new radicals: “斤字旁”and “页字旁”.

    • Week 3 Summary

      This week you have learnt the continuation of a certain state; how to pose a question when we want to know a stranger; the Rhetorical Question; asking and giving directions; the intonation of Imperative Sentences and two radicals.

  • Week 4

    Have you seen that movie

    • I was told it is fantastic

      Do you often go to see movies in your spare time? What kind of movies you like the best? Have you seen any Chinese movies? People often talk about movies when they get together. Today we will learn the related expressions.

    • Though I've been there several times, I still want to go for pleasure again

      Today we will learn the complement of frequency “次”, it is placed after the predicate verb indicating the number of times an action has taken place.

    • How will the weather be tomorrow

      What’s the weather like today? What about tomorrow? Today we will learn some more expressions of weather.

    • I like this garment, but I think it's a little expensive

      Today we will learn a conversation about shopping in dialogue 4.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we will learn the intonation of exclamatory sentence and two radicals “雨字头 yǔzìtóu ” and “贝字旁 bèizìpáng ”.

    • Week 4 Summary

      This week we have learnt the usage of “过”; the complement of frequency “次”; more expressions to talk about the weather; and shopping experience; the intonation of exclamatory sentence; 2 more radicals :“雨字头” and “贝字旁”.

  • Week 5

    The New Year is coming

    • The New Year is coming

      The new year is coming. How will you spend the new year holiday? Do you have a plan? Today we will talk about the plans for the new year holiday in dialogue 1.

    • Thank you all for your help during the past year

      What about your new year's wish, let's discuss it in dialogue 2.

    • Why hasn't your younger sister arrived yet

      I suppose you all have the experience of waiting for somebody. Sometimes it could be very annoying. But remember to be patient. Today we will learn what you could say when you are waiting for someone in Chinese.

    • It's overcast. I have to go home

      This is the last dialogue of HSK 2 course, then we are going to say goodbye to each other, today we’ll see how to show our concerns to others in Chinese when saying goodbye.

    • Pinyin and Characters

      Today we will learn the Intonation of Questions Ending with “吧” and “吗”and two radicals“山字旁” and “大字旁”.

    • Week 5 Summary

      This week we have learnt how to say something is going to happen; new year's wish; how to express complaining tone; how to show our concerns to others when saying goodbye; the Intonation of Questions and 2 radicals 山字旁 and 大字旁.

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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 50 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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