Chinese Curriculum
HSK 2 Elementary

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Course content overview

Level Objective: Level 2 builds on the basics learned in level 1, and gradually moves onto more complex sentence structures. More practical vocabulary and dialogues are introduced.

Level Story Summary: Now that Yocha has confirmed that Nincha and the dragon are the only ones that can restore balance, the unlikely duo sets off to find the Fire cats, in the next country over. Nincha has a lot to teach the dragon to prepare him/her for the encounter, as Fire cats are a tad more sophisticated than the lucky cats.


Unit 1 – A new way of doing things

Goal: Learn to describe your family and talk about hobbies

S01 Vocabulary
A new way of doing things Learn to describe your family and talk about hobbies

S02 Vocabulary
A new way of doing things II Learn to describe your family and talk about hobbies

S03 Grammar
Very & not very with 太 A very simple word to give your opinion on everything: 太

S03 Grammar Lesson
Very & not very with 太

S04 Dialogue
New places, new friends! Don’t be shy!


Unit 2 – Feeling a little homesick

Goal: Learn to ask about distances and make basic comparisons

S05 Vocabulary
Feeling a little homesick Learn to ask about distances and make basic comparisons

S06 Grammar
Expressing distances with 离 Talk about how close or how far something is.

S06 Grammar Lesson
Expressing distance with 离

S07 Dialogue
Who lives the furthest? Baimei introduces Faust to Lupishu


Unit 3 – Forced to make a pit stop

Goal: Learn to talk about how you are feeling physically

S08 Vocabulary
Forced to make a pit stop Learn to talk about how you are feeling physically.

S09 Grammar
Cause and effect with 因为 It wasn’t me! Talk cause and effect with 因为。。。所以

S09 Grammar Lesson
Cause and effect with 因为。。。所以

S10 Dialogue
I’m feeling ill! Is all that traveling getting to Nincha and Lupishu? It sure looks like it!


Unit 4 – Where we discover Nincha has strange habits!

Goal: Learn useful and practical shopping vocabulary and to express quantities

S11 Vocabulary
Nincha’s strange habits! Learn shopping vocabulary & to express quantities

S12 Grammar
Expressing “a little bit” (part 1) Want to show something happened briefly? Sound cute? 一下 is what you need!

S12 Grammar Lesson
Part 1: Expressing “a bit” with 一下

S13 Dialogue
Going to the Supermarket Or how to get someone to go with you grocery shopping


Unit 5 – Where we discover Nincha has strange habits! Part II

Goal: Learn useful and practical shopping vocabulary and to express what you want.

S14 Vocabulary
My shopping list What does a cat eat? Vocab to read a cat’s shopping list.

S15 Grammar
Expressing “a little” (part 2) Doubling verbs is also a good way to show you want to do something briefly.

S15 Grammar Lesson
Part 2: Two more ways to say just a little bit

S16 Dialogue
Grocery shopping Lupishu’s happy to help Baimei with her shopping list.


Unit 6 – A cat who doesn’t eat fish!

Goal: Learn more about common food and beverage terms, and to discuss what you and others like and dislike to eat or drink.

S17 Vocabulary
A cat who doesn’t eat fish! Discuss what you like and dislike eating and drinking.

S18 Grammar
The power of 吧 and 呢! Small sounds can go a long way, check it out!

S18 Grammar Lesson
An introduction to particles (and interjections)

S19 Dialogue
Choosing a restaurant Picking where to go is the first step when eating out

S20 Grammar
Make comparisons with 比 Everyone likes to compare themselves to others.

S20 Grammar Lesson
Basic comparison with 比


Unit 7 – A cat who doesn’t eat fish! Part II

Goal: Learn more about common food and beverage terms, and to discuss what you and others like and dislike to eat or drink.

S21 Vocabulary
Going to the restaurant Pick up your chopsticks! Ready? Set? Go!

S22 Grammar
Talking about where you are with 在 To express your location, 在 is your main ally, followed by a few keywords!

S22 Grammar Lesson
Using 在 to talk about location

S23 Dialogue
Going to the restaurant part 2 Once you’ve ordered food, what else do you need? That’s right, drinks!


Unit 8 – Aiming to please

Goal: Learn useful words and questions to shop in Chinese

S24 Vocabulary
Aiming to please Learn useful words and questions to shop in Chinese.

S25 Grammar
All with 都 Be nice, will ya? Share with everyone and think collective!

S25 Grammar Lesson
Saying all with 都

S26 Dialogue
Buying a gift! Nincha wants to get someone a gift.


Unit 9 – Has Nincha done a good job?

Goal: Learn to talk about how something went and to give your opinion

S27 Vocabulary
How are your classes going? Vocabulary to talk about classes and how you’re doing in them

S28 Grammar
了 part 1: completed actions Meet 了, a very frequently used little word in Chinese

S28 Grammar Lesson
Using 了 to indicate a complete action

S29 Dialogue
Taking a Chinese test Tests and exams are part of life. Learn to talk about how it went!


Unit 9 – Where Nincha can’t find the exit

Goal:  Learn to ask and give for directions with directional words

S30 Vocabulary
Where Nincha can’t find the exit Learn to ask for and give directions.

S31 Grammar
From … to with 从……到 Going from a place to another is usually a good starting point.

S31 Grammar Lesson
Expressing “from… to” with 从……到

S32 Dialogue
Getting directions It’s always a good thing to ask for directions when you’re not sure which way you’re supposed to go!


Unit 10 – A little more grammar stags.

Goal: Learn the last grammar lessons required to pass the HSK2

S33 Grammar
Having choices with “or” When you need to say “or”, there are two words in Chinese you can use: 还是 and 或者

S33 Grammar Lesson
Using 或者 (huòzhě) and 还是 (háishì)” to say or (B1)

S34 Grammar
想 vs. 要 Do you want or do you need? It’s sometimes trickier to decide than you think!

S34 Grammar Lesson
Know the difference between 想 & 要 in Chinese grammar

S35 Grammar
Expressing “and” With the Ninchas, knowing how to say “and” is a must! These cats like to stick together!

S36 Grammar
二 and 两 In Chinese, there are two ways to say two: the number 二 and the word 两? How do you know when to use which?

S36 Grammar Lesson
二 vs 两 to say two


Elementary Vocabulary Stages

A new way of doing things
Learn to describe your family and talk about hobbies

A new way of doing things II
Learn to describe your family and talk about hobbies

Feeling a little homesick
Learn to ask about distances and make basic comparisons

Forced to make a pit stop
Learn to talk about how you are feeling physically.

Nincha’s strange habits!
Learn shopping vocabulary & to express quantities

My shopping list
What does a cat eat? Vocab to read a cat’s shopping list.

A cat who doesn’t eat fish!
Discuss what you like and dislike eating and drinking.

Going to the restaurant
Pick up your chopsticks! Ready? Set? Go!

Aiming to please
Learn useful words and questions to shop in Chinese.

How are your classes going?
Vocabulary to talk about classes and how you’re doing in them

Where Nincha can’t find the exit
Learn to ask for and give directions.


Elementary Chinese Grammar Stages

Very & not very with 太
A very simple word to give your opinion on everything: 太

Expressing distances with 离
Talk about how close or how far something is.

Cause and effect with 因为
It wasn’t me! Talk cause and effect with 因为。。。所以

Expressing “a little bit” (part 1)
Want to show something happened briefly? Sound cute? 一下 is what you need!

Expressing “a little” (part 2)
Doubling verbs is also a good way to show you want to do something briefly.

The power of 吧 and 呢!
Small sounds can go a long way, check it out!

Make comparisons with 比
Everyone likes to compare themselves to others.

All with 都
Be nice, will ya? Share with everyone and think collective!

了 part 1: completed actions
Meet 了, a very frequently used little word in Chinese

From … to with 从……到
Going from a place to another is usually a good starting point.

Having choices with “or”
When you need to say “or”, there are two words in Chinese you can use: 还是 and 或者

想 vs. 要
Do you want or do you need? It’s sometimes trickier to decide than you think!

Expressing “and”
With the Ninchas, knowing how to say “and” is a must! These cats like to stick together!

二 and 两
In Chinese, there are two ways to say two: the number 二 and the word 两? How do you know when to use which?


Elementary Chinese Grammar Lessons


Elementary Chinese Dialogues

New places, new friends!
Don’t be shy!

Who lives the furthest?
Baimei introduces Faust to Lupishu

I’m feeling ill!
Is all that traveling getting to Nincha and Lupishu? It sure looks like it!

Going to the Supermarket
Or how to get someone to go with you grocery shopping

Grocery shopping
Lupishu’s happy to help Baimei with her shopping list.

Choosing a restaurant
Picking where to go is the first step when eating out

Going to the restaurant part 2
Once you’ve ordered food, what else do you need? That’s right, drinks!

Buying a gift!
Nincha wants to get someone a gift.

Taking a Chinese test
Tests and exams are part of life. Learn to talk about how it went!

Getting directions
It’s always a good thing to ask for directions when you’re not sure which way you’re supposed to go!

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