Beginners Chinese

Beginners Chinese

The palace museum with sunset glow in beijing, China

The Expert Teacher course outlines provides you with learning framework for The Beginner Chinese Course. This part of the course will provide you with an idea of what you will cover in the 10-week period (20 hours in total). How the lessons are structured depends on an individual teacher and this content will be adapted to suit your current needs and abilities. Use the Course Tabs in the Menu to decide which levels is most suitable for you. 

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Intro to Pinyin-Chinese phonetics system
  • Greetings in normal and polite ways
  • Introduce self, introduce others
  • Talking about oneself
  • Likes & dislikes
  • Taking a taxi
  • Asking about directions
  • Expressing time, days and counting numbers from 0-100
  • Shopping, asking about prices, sizes and colours
  • Buying tickets for travel; start with “qing wen 请问”
  • Talking about jobs, company and business etiquette.
  • Asking for help


  • Basic sentences with to be “shi是”, to have “you有” and to do “zuo做”
  • Sentences with stative verb (hen, 我很好)
  • Past, and the situation has changed with a functional marker “le”
  • Pronouns – subject “wo我”, plural form 我们,你们, 他们
  • possessive word “de的”
  • Auxiliary words e.g. “xiang 想”
  • Word order in sentences (Chinese sentence orders, difference between English and Chinese)
  • Sentence forms – statement, question and negative
  • Measure words (e.g. a cup of tea = “yi bei cha” 一杯茶 )
  • Particles with “ba 吧” “ma吗”

Cultural Content:

  • Various forms of Chinese
  • Lucky/unlucky numbers
  • Hand shaking
  • Business card
  • Chinese tea
  • Politeness in Chinese language

Skills Work:

  • Extensive practice of Pinyin and tones
  • Reading phonetics/ Pinyin skills
  • Focus on Pinyin, characters are optional
  • Listening practice (short simple sentences)
  • Recognising reading a few simple characters
  • Memorising some frequently used short sentences.
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