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

S04 Grammar Lesson
Very & not very with 太

S05 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

S05 Grammar
Expressing distances with 离 Talk about how close or how far something is.

S05 Grammar Lesson
Expressing distance with 离

S06 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

S07 Vocabulary
Forced to make a pit stop Learn to talk about how you are feeling physically.

S08 Grammar
Cause and effect with 因为 It wasn’t me! Talk cause and effect with 因为。。。所以

S08 Grammar Lesson
Cause and effect with 因为。。。所以

S09 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

S10 Vocabulary
Nincha’s strange habits! Learn shopping vocabulary & to express quantities

S11 Grammar
Expressing “a little bit” (part 1) Want to show something happened briefly? Sound cute? 一下 is what you need!

S12 Grammar
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.

S10 Vocabulary
My shopping list What does a cat eat? Vocab to read a cat’s shopping list.

S11 Grammar
Expressing “a little” (part 2) Doubling verbs is also a good way to show you want to do something briefly.

S13 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.

S14 Vocabulary
A cat who doesn’t eat fish! Discuss what you like and dislike eating and drinking.

S15 Grammar
The power of 吧 and 呢! Small sounds can go a long way, check it out!

S15 Grammar Lesson
An introduction to particles (and interjections)

S16 Dialogue
Choosing a restaurant Picking where to go is the first step when eating out

S15 Grammar
Make comparisons with 比 Everyone likes to compare themselves to others.

S15 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.

S17 Vocabulary
Going to the restaurant Pick up your chopsticks! Ready? Set? Go!

S18 Grammar
Talking about where you are with 在 To express your location, 在 is your main ally, followed by a few keywords!

S18 Grammar Lesson
Using 在 to talk about location

S19 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

S20 Vocabulary
Aiming to please Learn useful words and questions to shop in Chinese.

S21 Grammar
All with 都 Be nice, will ya? Share with everyone and think collective!

S21 Grammar Lesson
Saying all with 都

S21 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

S22 Vocabulary
How are your classes going? Vocabulary to talk about classes and how you’re doing in them

S22 Grammar
了 part 1: completed actions Meet 了, a very frequently used little word in Chinese

S22 Grammar Lesson
Using 了 to indicate a complete action

S23 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

S24 Vocabulary
Where Nincha can’t find the exit Learn to ask for and give directions.

S25 Grammar
From … to with 从……到 Going from a place to another is usually a good starting point.

S25 Grammar Lesson
Expressing “from… to” with 从……到

S26 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 – Lucky cat moms are just as overprotective!

Goal: Learn how to talk about your plans and how your day is organized

S27 Vocabulary
Lucky cat moms are overprotective! Learn to talk about your plans to reassure your worrying parent

S28 Grammar
Organizing your sentence structure There’s a time and a place for everything

S28 Grammar Lesson
Organizing your sentence structure

S29 Dialogue
When are you coming home? Explain what you’ll be doing that afternoon


Unit 11 – Going to the supermarket

Goal: Learn to talk about what you want and like

S30 Vocabulary
Going shopping –  Learn to talk about what you want and like

S31 Grammar
Standard Negation: S + 沒|没[méi] + V – Saying “you don’t have” and talking about actions that didn’t happen in the past takes a special skill

S31 Grammar Lesson
Standard negation with 没

S32 Dialogue
Lupishu goes shopping with Baimei –  Ready, set, shop!


Unit 12 – Dates, times and shopping

Goal: Learn about dates and time in Chinese, and to shop

S33 Vocabulary
Running into friends at the store – Hey, look! A new friend!

S34 Grammar
Dates and times – Learn to tell time and talk about dates

S35 Grammar Lesson
Dates and time

S35 Dialogue
Running into friends – Or how to get introduced to your friend’s nice looking friend


Unit 13 – One last meal before leaving

Goal: Learn how to ask “wh-” questions. Also, learn some common beverages.

S36 Vocabulary
One last meal before leaving –  Learn some common foods and beverages

S37 Grammar
Questions using 幾|几[jǐ] 多少[duō shǎo] 什麼|什么[shén me] 怎麼|怎么[zěn me] –  More complicated questions so you can pry all you want

S37 Grammar Lesson
Asking Questions

S38 Dialogue
Nincha, Lupishu and Baimei go to the restaurant. – Chinese dishes are so delicious!


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

Say your name
Say hello to the world!

Introduce yourself
Get to know the others a little

Baimei asks
Baimei wants to know what you are. Tell her!

Talking about yourself
Get to know a Nincha!

What do you do?
They always ask that question, better know how to answer it! Meow

Where’s my credit card?
It’s always in the last pocket, ya know!

Start a phone call
Knowing how to deal with phones always comes in handy

Do you want to go to the movies?
Or how to invite someone to go catch a movie with you 🙂

When are you coming home?
Explain what you’ll be doing that afternoon

Lupishu goes shopping with Baimei
Ready, set, shop!

Running into friends
Or how to get introduced to your friend’s nice looking friend

Nincha, Lupishu and Baimei go to the restaurant.
Chinese dishes are so delicious!

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