Structure of the course


 The structure of the course presentation.

♠The course has written documention, which you are reading now as well as sound files. The course is divided in 6 units of each 6 lessons. It is the purpose that the student does one lesson per week, so after 36 weeks or 9 months the student will be able to understand and to speak Chinese in daily use.♣♣

Each lesson has a dialog section, that has 2 dialogs or two stories, a vocabulary section where the sentences and words are explained and an exercise section where the content of the dialog is repeated and where questions are raised and answers are given. Besides that, some lessons also give you cultural background.

The sound files are as follows:

A “Dialog”-file spoken by native Chinese speakers.

A “Vocab”-file in which each sentence is spoken in Chinese by a native Chinese speaker and translated in English, spoken by a native English speaker.

An “Exercise”-file in which the content of the dialog is repeated in a slightly different way in Chinese and in which questions are raised and answers are given. This is only in Chinese, yet for the first 3 units there is an additional “Vocab”- file in which the exercises are spoken in Chinese and in English.

A “Complete”-file that has all sound files of that lesson. The sequence is: dialog, vocab, dialog again and then exercises.

The lessons of the first unit are somewhat different since here the focus is on pronunciation; instead of an “Exercise”-file a “Pronunciation”-file will be found.

The most efficient way of learning Chinese is as follows:

Listen to the “Complete”-file withouth using the written text. You will listen to a dialog only in Chinese then you will listen to each sentence of the dialog in Chinese, then to the English translation and then again to the Chinese sentence. Then you will listen to the complete dialog again. Then you will listen to the exercises, first with English translation and then without translation.

After you have lisened to the “Complete”-file listen again and use the text to make sure you understand each word.

Then listen to the exercises and answer the questions yourself. The answers are given but try to answer by yourself before the answers are given. Don’t get upset when your answer is not the same as in the text. This exercise is the key to learning how to speak Chinese fluently.

Then listen to all the files of the lesson as often as you can.

Don’t move to the next lesson until you have listened to all the files of the lesson at least 20 times. 30 times is better than 20 times. This is another key to learning how to speak Chinese fluently.

To make it convenient for the student, the different parts of the lessons are printed using a different typography as shown below. Even when not printed in color, you can distinguish between the different parts. All texts are given in simplified Chinese, in Pinyin using tone marks and in English.

Often the English translation does not sound natural in English. Some people might say that we use Chinglish instead of English. The reason is that the sentence construction in English and in Chinese is not the same and we prefer to give a translation that is close to the Chinese construction and word use. At the end, this is not an English course but a Chinese course.



wǒ bǐ nǐ dà liù suì.

I am six years older than you.



years (of age)

Grammar notes:

; bǐ is used in comparisons as in: 我比你小六岁; wǒ bǐ nǐ dà liù suì; literally: “I compared with you big six years” or “I am six years older than you”.



Jiékè bǐ Lǐ Qíng dà jǐ suì?

How many years is Jacques older than Li Qing?


dà liù suì.

6 years older.