Our Course Syllabus

Hey, everyone! Greeting to you all with my new post! Today you will get to know the draft-version of our Chinese class syllabus. Now please check this out! Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in a sense that we can better our learning process together!

For a better understanding of the syllabus, here are a few points I would invite you to go through first.

1. The order of these phases doesn’t necessarily indicate the hierarchy of the knowledge. If, however, you are a Chinese learner without any previous learning background or instruction from others, I strongly suggest you go through the whole learning process within the order I listed.

2.  The levels in different phases doesn’t necessarily indicate the easiness of the content. That said, some of them are on the same level of easiness with others, while some are the foundation of others. Anyone who wants to skip and learn can refer to the detailed description of every future class/post.

3.  The number of lessons within every phases is not finally decided. I will decide the number of the lessons according to my self-prepared teaching plan with the up-to-date references. Please refer to the actual lessons for the “official” decision. I will try my best to balance the contents and workload within every lesson.

4. You may encounter a lot of news words/terminologies in this syllabus, which will be covered with detailed explanations later in the course!

5. Regard to the terminologies mentioned in the last item, there are no standard ways of saying that!( I suppose everyone knows that translation can never convey the authentic meaning.) But I will try to choose the most appropriate and the easiest way to let you guys get the true meaning of them.

6. For a fun learning process, you will be told to have achieved some certain VICTORIES while your learning. In other words, learning another language can be a time-consuming course and the learners always want to know how far they have gone. My “VICTORY” notes will tell you by when and by what you have learnt will enable you to actually use Chinese in a practical setting.

A trophy indicating Victories(a copyright free image)


Phase One-Playing With the Pinyin (Spelling, Reading and Writing)

We Chinese learn English with the phonetic alphabet, here I will teach you to learn Chinese using Pinyin!

  • Level One  Introduction to Pinyin
  •              Lesson One What is Pinyin? How is Pinyin constructed? How does Pinyin work in reading and writing Chinese?
  • Level Two Getting to Know Different Parts of Pinyin
  •              Lesson One__23 Initials (of Pinyin)
  •              Lesson Two__24 Finals(of Pinyin)    (including 6 single finals, 9 plural finals, 5 front-nasal finals and 4 post-nasal finals)
  •              Lesson Three__16 Whole-Reading Syllables

Victory One: Now you can text your Chinese friends with pinyin, even if you only have English operating system in your cell phone!


Phase Two-Playing with The Four Tones  in Chinese Characters

An American friend of mine once told me, “The fours tones in Chinese are just like singing!”Level One  4 Tones

  •              Level Two__Several Reading Rules Under Some Specific Circumstances
  •              Level Three__Getting to Know A New Way of Typing Pinyin with Tones on your Own Computer

Phase Three-Playing with The Chinese Characters

  •               Level One__A General Introduction to the Basic Structure Types of Chinese Characters
  •                  Lessons will cover the Chinese names for the structure types, the Pinyin for them and their applications in Chinese characters.
  •               Level Two__Introduction to the 8 Most Basic Strokes of Chinese Characters
  •                 Lessons will cover the Chinese names for the stokes, the Pinyin for them, their writing orders and rules and their applications in Chinese characters.
  •                 Lesson One 横(heng2)
  •                 Lesson Two 竖(shu4)
  •                 Lesson Three 撇(pie3)
  •                 Lesson Four  捺(na4)
  •                 Lesson Five   点(dian3)
  •                 Lesson Six  折(zhe2)(including several types of 折)
  •                 Lesson Seven 勾(gou1) (including several types of 勾)
  •                 Lesson Eight 提(ti2) (overlapping with some 折 and 勾)
  •               Level Three__Introduction to Some Basic Types of Fixed Radicals(Components of Chinese Characters) And Their Applications
  •               Level Four__The Origins of Onomatopoetic Characters and Pictographic Characters and Their Practical Applications for Chinese learners