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Peking University

Chinese for HSK 1

Peking University via Coursera


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:


  • Greetings and numbers
    • In this week, you will learn about name, nationality, age, phone number and other personal information as well as basic greetings. Together with these topics, you will also have opportunities to practise pinyin. If you have never learnt pinyin, you may need a bit more time on it; if you have already learnt it, you could skip the related contents.
  • Family and school/university
    • How do you introduce your family? Do you have any pets? If you are a student, would you like to tell us something about your school or university? At the end of this week, you will be able to answer the questions above in Chinese.
  • Time and weather
    • What time do you get up? When is your birthday? What is the weather like in different places in China? This week, you will learn how to ask and answer questions about the time and the weather.
  • Work and hobbies
    • What do you do? Where would you like to work? Do you like watching films? What is your favorite sport? You will be able to answer these questions in Chinese after this week!
  • Shopping and food
    • Whether you like it or hate it, shopping is very much a part of daily life. What do you usually buy? How to ask the price in Chinese? Do you like online shopping? These lessons may give you more confidence when going to a Chinese supermarket or restaurant!
  • Traffic and directions
    • How do you get to your school/university/office? Do you like walking? Where would you like to visit? Can you describe the location of the place? What time is your flight? At the end of this week, you will be able to talk about traffic and directions in Chinese!

Taught by

YU Bin



4.2 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

4.9 rating at Coursera based on 2400 ratings

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    Nhi Cao Mẫn
    I cant go to the course. It says the course is free but when I sign up, it requires me to pay money in advance
  • it is difficult for me to judge this course because I am not a beginner but I need to reactive my chinese
    I think it is not so easy for a beginner
  • Anonymous
    I loved the course. I had started learning Chinese a year ago but had stopped studying for a while. This course helped me to get back on track and it helped me to remember many words and grammar structures I had forgotten about. I loved the dialogues, exercises, and quizzes. I plan to take the next course and continue learning Chinese.
  • Anonymous
    Well-paced and engaging. It prepared me for the HSK 1 very well! I suggest you keep a notebook of the new words and try to write the characters. I didn't realize how good it was until I looked through other Chinese language courses.

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