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Approx. 26 hours to complete

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Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), German, Russian, Thai, English

Learner Career Outcomes

64%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

10%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 26 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), German, Russian, Thai, English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Greetings and numbers

5 hours to complete
19 videos (Total 51 min), 22 readings, 9 quizzes
19 videos
Lecture6m
Dialogue (optional)14s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture6m
Dialogue (optional)20s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture10m
Dialogue (optional)14s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture8m
Dialogue (optional)21s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture6m
Dialogue1 (optional)4s
Dialogue2 (optional)5s
Dialogue3 (optional)2s
Dialogue4 (optional)6s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
22 readings
Message from the team2m
Chinese basics10m
Pronunciation of initials10m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
100 Chinese Radicals10m
Character practice sheet2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
Pronunciation of finals10m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
Combinations of initials and finals10m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)5m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
9 practice exercises
拼音练习Pīnyīn liànxí Pinyin practice10m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
拼音练习Pīnyīn liànxí Pinyin practice10m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
拼音练习Pīnyīn liànxí Pinyin practice5m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
周测验 Zhōu cèyàn Weekly test20m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Family and school/university

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 46 min), 18 readings, 6 quizzes
14 videos
Dialogue (optional)31s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
Dialogue (optional)17s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
Dialogue (optional)29s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture6m
Dialogue (optional)27s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
18 readings
Message from the team2m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)5m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)5m
Uses of 二 (èr) and 两(liǎng)10m
Tips for learning this lesson1m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text2m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
6 practice exercises
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
周测验 Zhōu cèyàn Weekly test20m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Time and weather

4 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 43 min), 16 readings, 7 quizzes
13 videos
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
Dialogue1 (optional)12s
Dialogue2 (optional)16s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture6m
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture5m
Dialogue (optional)29s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
16 readings
Message from the team2m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
6 practice exercises
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
周测验 Zhōu cèyàn Weekly test20m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Work and hobbies

4 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 52 min), 13 readings, 6 quizzes
15 videos
Dialogue (optional)27s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
Dialogue (optional)31s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture7m
Dialogue (optional)44s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture8m
Dialogue (optional)25s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
Lecture8m
Dialogue (optional)27s
写汉字 Xiě hànzì Writing Chinese characters (optional)1m
13 readings
Message from the team2m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text5m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text5m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words3m
课文 Kèwén Text5m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text5m
你知道吗 Nǐ zhīdào mɑ? Did you know? (optional)3m
生词 Shēnɡcí New words2m
课文 Kèwén Text3m
6 practice exercises
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
测验 Cèyàn Quiz20m
周测验 Zhōu cèyàn Weekly test20m

About the Learn Chinese: HSK Test Preparation Specialization

This specialization consists of three elementary language courses, aims to improve your Chinese language skills effectively and systematically. This specialization introduces everyday language and includes activities to practice all four language skill: conversation, comprehension, reading and writing. You will learn about Chinese culture and basic Chinese Characters more, will possess the ability to further your Chinese language studies....
Learn Chinese: HSK Test Preparation

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you subscribed, you get a 7-day free trial during which you can cancel at no penalty. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. See our full refund policy.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This Course doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Course Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more. Online Degrees and Mastertrack™ Certificates on Coursera provide the opportunity to earn university credit.

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