Chinese Characters for beginner 汉字

About this course: Welcome to "Chinese Characters for beginner"! This is an elementary course on learning Chinese characters. Together, we will start from the basic element of Chinese characters-- Strokes. Then we will learn 1,200 basic Chinese words composed of 240 commonly used Chinese characters, which begin with “一”(one), including pronunciation, shape and meaning, so that to improve the learning effect. ① Each Chinese character is with pinyin; ② Each Chinese character is shown in the form of animation in the process of writing, namely strokes; ③ English translation is used on the Chinese character can be a word itself. Other Chinese characters can not be independent of words are the characters of. The English translation of this kind of characters is marked in parentheses; ④ Each Chinese word is accompanied by Pinyin, English translation and picture, which is easy to understand; ⑤ There are proper exercises at the end of each lesson. Good luck !

Who is this class for: Before learning this course, learners need to master the Chinese phonetic alphabet - Pinyin; If the learners can master the entry level of Chinese spoken language, such as the MOOC course "Chinese for beginners" , will be better for this course`s learning.

Created by:  Peking University

  • Shi Zhengyu
    Taught by:  Shi Zhengyu, Associate professor
    School of Chinese as a Second Language
Commitment5-7 hours/week
Chinese (Simplified)
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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4 videos
  1. Video: 第一课 基本笔画 · 数字(1)Lesson 1 The Basic Strokes·Number(I)
  2. Video: 第二课 派生笔画(1) · 数字(2)Lesson 2 The Derivative Strokes(1)·Numbers(2)
  3. Video: 第三课 派生笔画(2) · 数词 · 人 Lesson 3 The Derivative Strokes(2)·Numbers and People
  4. Video: 第四课 派生笔画(3) ·工 Lesson 4 The Derivative Strokes(3)· Tool
Graded: 第一课 练习 Lesson 1 practice
Graded: 第二课 练习 Lesson 2 practice
Graded: 第三课 练习 Lesson 3 practice
Graded: 第四课 练习 Lesson 4 practice
Graded: 1~4课测验(quiz for 1~4 )
4 videos
  1. Video: 第五课 派生笔画(4) · 单立人 Lesson 5 The Derivative Strokes(4)· The 亻Radical
  2. Video: 第六课 女 Lesson 6 Woman
  3. Video: 第七课 父母 Lesson 7 Parents
  4. Video: 第八课 孩子 Lesson 8 Child
Graded: 第五课 练习 Lesson 5 practice
Graded: 第六课 练习 Lesson 6 practice
Graded: 第七课 练习 Lesson 7 practice
Graded: 第八课 练习 Lesson 8 practice
Graded: 5~8课测验(quiz for 5~8 )
4 videos
  1. Video: 第九课 师生 Lesson 9 Teachers and students
  2. Video: 第十课 反义词(1) Lesson 10 Antonym(1)
  3. Video: 第十一课 反义词(2) Lesson 11 Antonym(2)
  4. Video: 第十二课 反义词(2) Lesson 12 Antonym(2)
Graded: 第九课 练习 Lesson 9 practice
Graded: 第十课 练习 Lesson 10 practice
Graded: 第十一课 练习 Lesson 11 practice
Graded: 第十二课 练习 Lesson 12 practice
Graded: 9-12课测验(quiz for 9~12 )
4 videos
  1. Video: 第十三课 师生 Lesson 13 Antonym(3)
  2. Video: 第十四课 方位词 Lesson 14 Noun of Locality
  3. Video: 第十五课 语法字 (1) Lesson 15 Grammatic Characters(1)
  4. Video: 第十六课 语法字(2) Lesson 16 Grammatic Characters(2)
Graded: 第十三课 练习 Lesson 13 practice
Graded: 第十四课 练习 Lesson 14 practice
Graded: 第十五课 练习 Lesson 15 practice
Graded: 第十六课 练习 Lesson 16 practice
Graded: 13-16课测验(quiz for 13~16 )
4 videos
  1. Video: 第十七课 语法字(3) Lesson 17 Grammatic Characters(3)
  2. Video: 第十八课 语法字(4) Lesson 18 Grammatic Characters(4)
  3. Video: 第十九 课 头 Lesson 19 Head
  4. Video: 第二十课 练习 Lesson 20 practice
Graded: 第十七课 练习 Lesson 17 practice
Graded: 第十八课 练习 Lesson 18 practice
Graded: 第十九课 练习 Lesson 19 practice
Graded: 第二十课 练习 Lesson 20 practice
Graded: 17-20 课测验(quiz for 17~20 )
4 videos
  1. Video: 第 二十一课 口 Lesson 21 Mouth
  2. Video: 第二十二课 口(2) Lesson 22 The 口 Radical (II)
  3. Video: 第二十三课 口和言 Lesson 23 Mouth and Speech
  4. Video: 第二十四课 言(2) Lesson 24 Speech(II)
Graded: 第 二十一课 口 Lesson 21 practice
Graded: 第二十二课 练习 Lesson 22 practice
Graded: 第二十三课 练习 Lesson 23 Mouth and Speech
Graded: 第二十四课 练习 Lesson 24 Speech(II)
Graded: 21-24 课测验
4 videos
  1. Video: 第二十五课 言(3) Lesson 25 Speech(3)
  2. Video: 第二十六课 手 Lesson 26 Hand
  3. Video: 第二十七课 右字头 Lesson 27 The  Radical
  4. Video: 第二十八课 又 Lesson 28 The 又 Radical
Graded: 第二十五课 练习 Lesson 25 practice
Graded: 第二十六课 练习 Lesson 26 practice
Graded: 第二十七课 练习 Lesson 27 practice
Graded: 第二十八课 练习 Lesson 28 practice
Graded: 25-28课测验(quiz for 25~28)
4 videos
  1. Video: 第二十九课 见 Lesson 29 To See
  2. Video: 第三十课 心(1) Lesson 30 Heart(I)
  3. Video: 第三十一课 心(2) Lesson 31 Heart(II)
  4. Video: 第三十二课 足 Lesson 32 Foot
Graded: 第二十九课 练习 Lesson 29 practice
Graded: 第三十课 练习 Lesson 30 practice
Graded: 第三十一课 练习 Lesson 31 practice
Graded: 第三十二课 练习 Lesson 32 practice
Graded: 29-32课测验(quiz for 29~32)
4 videos
  1. Video: 第三十三课 走 Lesson 33 Walk
  2. Video: 第三十四课 马和羊 Lesson 34 Horse and Sheep
  3. Video: 第三十五课 牛 Lesson 35 Cattle
  4. Video: 第三十六课 犭和 鸟 Lesson 36 The 犭Radical and Bird
Graded: 第三十三课 练习 Lesson 33 practice
Graded: 第三十四课 练习 Lesson 34 practice
Graded: 第三十五课 练习 Lesson 35 practice
Graded: 第三十六课 练习 Lesson 36 practice
Graded: 33-36课测验(quiz for 33~36)
4 videos
  1. Video: 第三十七课 鱼和虫 Lesson 37 Fish and Worm
  2. Video: 第三十八课 身体(1) Lesson 38 Body (I)
  3. Video: 第三十九课 身 体(2)Lesson 39 Body (II)
  4. Video: 第四十课 太阳 Lesson 40 Sun
Graded: 第三十七课 练习 Lesson 37 practice
Graded: 第三十八课 练习 Lesson 38 practice
Graded: 第三十九课 练习 Lesson 39 practice
Graded: 第四十课 练习 Lesson 40 practice
Graded: 37-40课测验(quiz for 37~40)
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