Chinese for beginners

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Course Date: 15 September 2014 to 03 November 2014 (7 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners.

Estimated Workload: 1-2 hours/week

Course Instructors

Xiaoyu Liu

  Liu Xiaoyu, vice professor of School of Chinese as A Second Language, Peking University. Bachelor degree in teaching Chinese as a second language at BLCU (Beijing Language University) and M.A. in modern Chinese at PKU.   

  Since 1991, She has given long-term Chinese courses, quick Chinese courses, training courses, culture lectures and TSL courses in China, Oxford University(UK), Leiden University(Netherland), BCIT(Canada), Free University Berlin(Germany), Chulalongkorn University(Thailand) and America for more than 2,200 people including students, post graduates, teachers and volunteers  about 7,000 hours. She has published text books such as Meeting China, Intermediate Spoken Chinese, Chinese for GCSE, Kuaile Chinese, Chinese for

Course Description

This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners, including introduction of phonetic and daily expressions. Selected topics and situations come from real life scenarios and can be used for everyday communication. In addition to the dialogues, the selection of reading materials and practice activities will make the content as rich and varied as possible, in order to stimulate the learners’ interest. And what is better, learners don’t need to study Chinese characters.


(Intro Video is also available here .)


This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners. Anyone who has certain English language ability is available for the course. Generally, learners will spent about 1.5 hours to watch lecture videoes and do exercises per week. This course has no certificate.


Week 1: Personal Information

names/ tones 

nation /initial- z,zh,j

identity/ compound finals

family/ -n; -ng

Week 2: Daily Life


time (1) (o’clock)

time (2) (period)

daily arrangements


Week 3: Food

main courses


vegetables and meats



Week 4: Shopping






Week 5: City


public places

locations and directions

asking for directions


Week 6: Weather


time (3) (month)




Week 7: Hobbies

time (4) (week)


TV programs

other (Internet, books, music, travel)



The class will consist of four lecture videos per week, and each video is about 3-5 minutes in length. There are different forms of practice including distinguishing exercises, reading words, tongue twisters, translating, conversations and so on. We have weekly quizzes and provide answers for self-assessment.

Suggested Reading

Meeting China·Basic Spoken Chinese      Liu Xiaoyu & Ji Chuanbo

Elementary Spoken Chinese           Dai Guifu, Liu Lixin & Li haiyan

Course Workload

1-2 hours/week

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