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Chinese for HSK 1

This course is a part of Learn Chinese: HSK Test Preparation, a 4-course Specialization series from 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:

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Peking University

Rating 4.8 based on 184 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study + 1 week final test, 4-6 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From Peking University via Coursera
Instructor YU Bin
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Languages
Tags Language Learning Other Languages

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very good in 20 reviews

At the same time, you will be able to speak, read and write in Chinese, and will have very good knowledge in gramma.

Not an easy course if learner does not have some basic Mandarin background but very good.

Is very good if you have a previous knowledge of chinese, if not, it will be very difficult to get the pronunciation.

Very good This course is very good to learn basic Chinese.

The course was very good.

Very good resources.

very good course and very good constructors/teachers/professors Very good.

Very good for beginners with a strong interest in learning Mandarin Chinese.

yu bin in 15 reviews

I am really thankful to teacher Yu Bin and the team.

May you also keep going.Thank you once again Miss Yu Bin and the team.Regards: Mujahid Ali This course moves very fast.

Thank you, Ms. YU BIN!!!

Thank you Ms Yu Bin and all mentors as you all made learning Chinese a pleasure.

Teacher Yu Bin is very pleasant and easy to understand.

Wish to say Thank You to my Teacher Yu Bin for teaching me.

YU Bin is an excellent teacher and the course was well organized.

Some good material overall, but the notes are not correctly formatted, tests are not formatted that well, lessons are not that clearly structured Ce cours me permet de me familiariser l'audition ainsi que l'écriture des caractères chinois.Merci beaucoup à l'équipe HSK Level1 ainsi que la professeure Yu Bin pour le contenu et les ressources.

easy to follow in 11 reviews

Simple and very easy to follow !

Well-planned and easy to follow.

Ms. Yu Bin is very professional and easy to follow.

Easy to follow and helpful additional information.

Very easy to follow, very clearly explained, lots of different people talking which is great to practice with...Highly recommended Very well constructed course.

A well made Chinese language course, the course materials are really up to date and helpful for everyday conversation furthermore the course content for each week are well planned and easy to follow.

Easy to follow.

very good with a lot of practice embedded into the course I liked the course overall, the instructor was very consistent, pleasant and easy to follow.

well structured in 7 reviews

very good class, I like to have more of this The course is very well structured and balanced.

Well structured and adaptable to suit different needs, levels and availability.

This course is clear, easy to understand and well structured.

The course is well structured so that it is always interesting to follow, you grab most of the 150 HSK 1 words in a way that does not feel awkward (Peking University did a great job grouping them) and the basic grammar without actually studying it (i.e.

Well structured and very interesting.

Good content and well structured.

Very well structured: new words and grammar points are read and explained by the teacher, who reads also all the dialogues.

listening and reading in 5 reviews

The quizzes/tests are all listening and reading.

As an absolute beginner in Mandarin, this course significantly helps honing my listening and reading skill.

I enjoyed the variety of listening and reading exercises in the quizzes.

Video lectures are 5-10min each, which I think is the perfect length!The course is well-structured, and materials are a mix of listening and reading, with a variety of good-sized everyday life dialogues.

Short lectures, lots of practice with listening and reading as well as with character recognition.

recommend this course in 5 reviews

Excellent Course, I would recommend this course to anyone trying to learn Mandarin.

I recommend it to anyone that want to start Chinese for the first time I without a doubt recommend this course, everything is explained clearly and teacher Yu Bin is very professional, my cheers also goes to the students who made the dialogue videos.

I highly recommend this course for people learning Mandarin.

I would definitely recommend this course to beginner chinese language learners.

Highly recommend this course for freshers.


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Peking University

Rating 4.8 based on 184 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study + 1 week final test, 4-6 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From Peking University via Coursera
Instructor YU Bin
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Languages
Tags Language Learning Other Languages

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