Nǐ hǎo! 你好！Welcome to Chinese for HSK Level 1 - a Chinese course for beginners. My name is YU Bin. I am very happy to meet you here! HSK stands for Hànyǔ (Chinese) Shuǐpíng (level) Kǎoshì (test), which is the most important Chinese proficiency test in use today. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using Chinese in their daily, academic and professional lives. Chinese for HSK Level 1 is the first part of the 6 levels and assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of Level 1 of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will learn: 30 video lectures with dialogue role plays by PKU students; More than 150 commonly used words; Around 50 key grammar points; New words and texts via audio; Quizzes for each lesson and HSK test papers; Videos for 70 basic Chinese characters (optional); Supplementary materials about China (optional). In short, the course covers the four skills although only listening and reading are tested in HSK. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further your Chinese language studies. Have a fantastic journey of Chinese learning. For more information about HSK please visit: http://english.hanban.org/node_7581.htm.
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Approx. 24 hours to complete
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Approx. 24 hours to complete
Peking University is determined to make its education openly accessible to students in China and around the world. With over 3000 faculty members, Peking University offers excellence in teaching and learning. Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was the first national comprehensive university in China. For the past 115 years, with its hundreds of thousands of outstanding alumni, Peking University has made prominent contributions in the humanities and sciences to further China's prosperity and progress.
Top reviews from Chinese for HSK 1
finally an online course that delivers, great way to kickstart or reboot your chinese. the formula of the lesson is simple and easy to follow, a fantastic way to start, definitely moving on to HSK2
Excellent course, Yu Bin explains the material very well and the content is well organised. I would have liked further explanations on the grammar and additional practice exercises beyond the quiz
About the Learn Chinese: HSK Test Preparation Specialization
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When will I have access to the lectures and assignments?
Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.
What will I get if I subscribe to this Specialization?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.
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What does “HSK” mean?
HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK test, consisting of six levels (from levels 1 to 6, level 6 being the highest), was launched by Hanban.
Can you tell me more about “HSK (Level 1)”?
HSK (Level 1) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level One and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) A1. Candidates who pass HSK (Level 1) can understand and use very simple Chinese words and sentences in order to meet the needs of daily communication, setting a foundation for further study.
If I have no intention of taking the Chinese proficiency test for the present, can I still enroll in this course?
Of course you can! This course is designed for everybody who wishes to learn Chinese. However, if you do wish to take the test, this course will help you master the core vocabularies and key grammar points for HSK Level 1.
What will I learn from the course?
Ø Introduction to Pinyin as starters;
Ø 30 video lectures with dialogue role plays by PKU students;
Ø More than 150 commonly used words;
Ø Around 50 key grammar points;
Ø New words and texts via audio;
Ø Quizzes for each lesson and HSK test papers;
Ø Videos for 70 basic Chinese characters (optional);
Ø Supplementary materials about China (optional).
How long does it take to complete the course and what kind of background knowledge is necessary?
HSK Level 1 is a six-week course aiming at beginners. No background knowledge of Chinese is required. However, you are expected to spend 4-6 hours every week to work on materials in this course. If you are a complete beginner, you may want to spend some more time on pinyin in the first chapter; if you are not, you could skip the related contents. If you need additional time to complete the course, it is not a problem.
What level of proficiency will I reach upon completing the course?
Upon completing the course, you will have mastered approximately 150 words and 50 grammar points. Furthermore, you will be able to use Chinese to handle very basic communicative tasks in daily life, work and study. Examples include greetings, introducing yourself and your family, describing your daily life and your learning or working experience, asking for help and understanding others’ response, and talking about hobbies, the weather, the traffic, etc.
Can I get a Course Certificate?
Yes, you can! If you pay for this course and complete the course successfully, you will get a Course Certificate! Please note, passing this course is not the same as passing HSK 1, but this course is very good practice for the test.
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