Chinese Curriculum
HSK 5 Advanced Program

Ninchanese is a comprehensive app to learn Chinese from beginner HSK1 to HSK5.



Ninchanese aims to provide Chinese learners with a structured program with which to discover and progress in Chinese while thoroughly enjoying the process. Made by professional Chinese teachers, meet the latest HSK-related program and more to completely understand and be fluent in Chinese.

Course content overview

Level Objective: The current course framework is based on the HSK level 5. Grammar points follow levels C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


World 5 – Part I – Lupishu’s coming of age

Unit 1 – Mobile phones

Goal: Learn some words and expression about mobile phones

S01 Vocabulary
My cell phone is out of battery! – Words and expressions related to cellphones and that battery that always seem low.

S03 Grammar
Expressing even with 甚至 – If you want to place emphasis on something in Chinese, perhaps 甚至 is the word you are looking for.

S04 Grammar Lesson
Expressing “even” with 甚至

S05 Dialogue
Borrowing a cell phone charger 借手机充电器 – Lupishu’s cellphone will be soon out of battery, so he decides to ask Nincha for help.


Unit 2 – Current affairs

Goal: Learn political terminology and how to give your opinion on current affairs

S04 Vocabulary
Reading a newspaper – Our Lupishu is fond of reading Chinese newspapers. How about you? Do you follow the news?

S05 Grammar
Using 凭 – 凭 is a diverse preposition you can use with nouns, verbs, and more. Ready to learn it? Let’s go!

S05 Grammar Lesson
Using 凭 to say “on the basis of”

S6 Dialogue
It’s such big news! 这是大新闻 ! – Lupishu and BaiMei exchange their points of view on the big international news.


Unit 3 – Holidays and Festivals

Goal: Learn how to praise someone in Chinese

S07 Vocabulary
Mother’s Day – How do you celebrate Mother’s Day usually?

S08 Grammar
Expressing “both…and” with 既…又… and 既…也…. – Getting tired of using 和 to express “and”? With the help of 既…又… & 既…也…., say “and” in a more elegant way!

S08 Grammar Lesson
Expressing “both…and” with 既…又… and 既…也

S09 Dialogue
I feel proud of my son! 我为我儿子感到骄傲! – Lupishu runs into his neighbor Madam Meow and they are talking about her son is.


Unit 4 – Economic news

Goal: Learn the economic terminology

S10 Vocabulary
Any interesting economic news? – Useful words to help you talk about economic issues in Chinese

S11 Grammar
Indicating contrast with 则 – This little conjunction can help you make a big comparison between two things.

S11 Grammar Lesson
Indicating contrast with 则

S12 Dialogue
I want to watch the economic channel! 我想看经济频道 ! – There is an interview on the economic channel Nincha really wants to watch!


Unit 5 – Art exam in China

S13 Vocabulary
Do you want to be an artist? – Come and learn some useful words about art!

S14 Grammar
Expressing contrariness with 倒 – How do you highlight something is contrary to expectations? Try using this little conjunction 倒

S14 Grammar Lesson
Expressing contrariness with 倒

S15 Dialogue
Art exam in China 中国的艺考 – Want to be a musician or a painter in China? Passing the art exam might be your first step.


Unit 6 – Cultural difference

Goal: Learn how to talk about cultural differences

S16 Vocabulary
At-Choo! At-Choo! At-Choo! – Poor Lupishu has a cold and he can’t help sneezing all the time.

S17 Grammar
Using the particle 呗 – 呗 may always be placed at the end of a sentence but this small particle has a huge power. Check it out!

S17 Grammar Lesson
Using the particle 呗

S18 Dialogue
Sneezing in China and other countries 在中国和外国打喷嚏 – Nincha and Lupishu are discussing sneezing in different countries.


Unit 7 – Violation of traffic rules

Goal: Learn useful words about traffic rules

S19 Vocabulary
Driving on the road – Do you know how to say one-way street and driving license in Chinese? Come and learn some words related to traffic.

S20 Grammar
千万 with “do” and “don’t” – What happens when the big number 千万 is placed before a verb?

S20 Grammar Lesson
千万 with “do” and “don’t”

S21 Dialogue
Nincha comes across a traffic police 遭遇交警 – Nincha is driving and a traffic police officer stops him.


Unit 8 – A part-time job at the airport

Goal: Learn to get a job

S22 Vocabulary
Working a part-time job – Useful vocabulary to help you become a good salesclerk

S23 Grammar
一时vs.一度 – These two little words are easy to confuse as they are both related to time. Let’s learn to tell them apart.

S23 Grammar Lesson
一时vs.一度

S24 Dialogue
A part-time job at the airport 在机场兼职 – Baimei is busy with a part-time job at the airport.


Unit 9 – Contact someone on the phone

Goal: Learn how to make a formal phone call and express your thankfulness to others

S25 Vocabulary
Learning to express your gratitude – Feeling embarrassed? How about making a phone call to say “Thank you”?

S26 Grammar
Expressing “necessary” or “unavoidable” with 少不了 – 少不了 is always used to indicate that if there’s one thing, then there must be another thing along with it.

S26 Grammar Lesson
Expressing “necessary” or “unavoidable” with 少不了

S27 Dialogue
Calling the teacher 给老师打电话 – BaiMei calls her former teacher to say “thank you”.


Unit 10 – Online shopping

Goal: Learn to buy things on a Chinese e-commerce website

S28 Vocabulary
Online shopping – These cats love shopping online. Do you?

S29 Grammar
All about 不如 – 不如 can not only be used for making comparisons. It can also express preferences with other words such as 与其 or 还.

S29 Grammar Lesson
All about 不如

S30 Dialogue
I want to buy a pair of jeans online 我想上网买条牛仔裤 – Nincha is an expert online shopper. What? You don’t believe that? Ask Baimei then!


Unit 11 – Let’s gossip!

Goal: Learn how to express your surprise in different ways

S31 Vocabulary
Let’s gossip! – Are you ready for gossip time?

S32 Grammar
不得不 & 只好 – These two words both mean “have to”, “have no choice but”, let’s learn to use both!

S32 Grammar Lesson
不得不 & 只好

S33 Dialogue
Gossip cats 聊八卦啦! – If there’s one thing Nincha and Faust love, it’s gossip!


Unit 12 – Talking about a technical problem on the computer

Goal: Learn how to ask somebody for help

S34 Vocabulary
A computer expert – Learn useful words related to your computer.

S35 Grammar
Expressing obligation with 非 … 不可 (C1) – What better than double negatives to place emphasis on an obligation? Try 非 … 不可 to insist on something!

S36 Dialogue
My computer may have a virus! 我的电脑好像中病毒了 ! – BaiMei ran into a problem on her computer, so she decided to ask someone for help.


Unit 13 – Telling a story in Chinese

Goal: Learn how to tell a story in Chinese

S37 Vocabulary
Chinese fables – Have you heard a Chinese fable before?

S38 Grammar
Expressing “would rather” with 宁可 – When you’re faced with two unpleasant options, but you’re asked to choose the worst option out of the two, 宁可 is the expression you’re going to want to use.

S39 Dialogue
The Old Foolish Man who moved mountains 愚公移山 – Yocha tells Lupishu one of the most well-known Chinese fables


Unit 14 – Chinese classic literature

Goal: Get knowledge over the Chinese classics

S40 Vocabulary
Chinese classical literature – Check out useful words to help you discover ancient China’s literature.

S41 Grammar
一来二来… : Stating two or more reasons with “yī lái…èr lái” – Need to organize your thoughts? You’re going to like the “yī lái…èr lái” sentence pattern then!

S42 Dialogue
Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature 四大名著 – Master Yocha and Lupishu are talking classic Chinese literature because our little dragon is fascinated by Chinese novels.


Unit 15 – In the restaurant

Goal: Learn more expressions working for the passive voice in Chinese

S43 Vocabulary
Chinese food or Western dishes? – A big question for you: do you prefer Chinese food or Western dishes?

S44 Grammar
The passive voice with 受 (B2) – Chinese has several passive markers, and 受 is one of them! Let’s see what you need to know to make a passive sentence with 受!

S44 Grammar Lesson
得很 and 得不得了

S46 Dialogue
Let’s go out to have dinner. 我们出去吃晚餐吧 。 – Nincha and BaiMei are going to have dinner tonight. What will they choose, Chinese food or Western dishes?


Unit 16 – Chinese Prefixes

Goal: Learn to use the Chinese prefixes

S47 Vocabulary
Dealing with prefixes – Getting ready to learn a couple useful prefixes

S48 Grammar
Chinese prefixes – part 1 – Meet 老, 阿, 重, 第 and 本, five characters in Chinese that are often translated as prefixes in English! When you spot them in front of a word in a sentence, they’ll immediately give you a clue as to how to translate that word!


Unit 17 – Animals

Goal: Learn the Chinese name of different animals

S50 Vocabulary
All about animals – Do you know how to say cobra in Chinese? It’s 眼镜蛇 the snake with glasses! Interesting, don’t you think?

S52 Dialogue
At the zoo 在动物园 – Nincha and Lupishu are visiting the zoo. Lupishu is trying to say the Chinese name of the animals he sees.


Unit 18 – Chinese Suffixes

Goal: Learn to use some Chinese suffixes

S53 Vocabulary
Words in ist, isms, -ity, and more – Just like in English, you find all sorts of words with common endings in Chinese. These endings are suffixes! Let’s learn a few

S54 Grammar
Chinese suffixes Part 1 – Meet 化, 性, 家 and 主义: if you see them at the end of a word in Chinese, you’ll automatically know how to end that word in English. Why’s that? Because they are suffixes!


Unit 19 – In the hair salon

Goal: Learn words and expressions used in hair salons.

S55 Vocabulary
At the hair salon – What kind of hairstyle would you want?

S57 Dialogue
Hello! I would like to perm my hair 您好 !我想烫头发 – BaiMei wanted to change her hairstyle so she went to a hair salon.


Unit 20 – Migrant workers in China

Goal: Learn how to discuss about a hot topic: migrant worker

S58 Vocabulary
Let’s chat – Want to hold a structured conversation in Chinese? Let’s start with these words

S59 Grammar
Discourse connectors – Review time, part 1 – Organizing your sentence so it makes sense is a skill you always need to work on. Let’s review the transition words you’ve learned so far to move your conversation along!

S58 Vocabulary
City or countryside? – Where do you prefer living? A big city or a small country?

S60 Dialogue
Migrant workers in China – 中国的农民工们 – Nincha, Lupishu and BaiMei are talking about a big issue in China: migrant workers.


Unit 21 – a volunteer job

Goal: Learn how to give instructions and advice to others

S61 Vocabulary
Keep talking – More useful words to know to move along your conversation and make it interesting!

S62 Grammar
More discourse connectors! – Want more ways to link your ideas together? You’ve come to the right place. Let’s keep reviewing.

S61 Vocabulary
Have you ever done volunteer work? – Lupishu really wants to be a volunteer, and Nincha tells him that he should learn some vocabulary about volunteering before he starts.

S61 Dialogue
Doing volunteer work in the countryside 在农村做当志愿者 – Doing volunteer work is not as easy as Lupishu thought, but this amazing dragon is not afraid of anything.


Unit 22 – Social activities after work

Goal: Learn how to explain something clearly and logically.

S64 Vocabulary
Social activities after work – Enjoying a meal or having a drink with colleagues after work sounds like a great idea. Here are some useful words to help you talk about social activities after work.

S65 Grammar
Give a warning with 以免 – Learn to use 以免 to give warnings and express alerts in Chinese, so nothing bad happens to you or your friends!

S66 Dialogue
Annual Company Dinner 年末聚餐 – Yocha is invited to Meow Meow Sports Club’s annual company dinner. He wants Nincha to go with him but Nincha senses a trap


Unit 23 – Cultural activities

Goal: Learn how to talk about your interest

S67 Vocabulary
A Photography Exhibit – Do you like photography? Going to the museum? Learn words to talk about your museum-going hobby!

S68 Grammar
Who did it? – Learn to use 由 to indicate the doer

S69 Dialogue
Visiting a museum – Sundays at the museum? Lupishu’s not sure that’s his thing


Unit 24 – Visit a friend in the hospital

Goal: Learn how to express your concern towards someone and how to respond to others’ kindness

S70 Vocabulary
Are you wounded? – Nincha has broken his leg.

S71 Grammar
得很 and 得不得了 – Want to say “Lupishu is terribly cute!” but don’t know how to say it in Chinese? With the help of two adjectival complements 得很 and 得不得了, you are able to praise someone as much as possible.

S71 Grammar Lesson
得很 and 得不得了

S72 Dialogue
Nincha is in the hospital! – Yocha is bringing him some oranges.


Unit 25 – Talking about animals

Goal: Learn how to exchange your opinions with others and how to make a hypothesis

S73 Vocabulary
Having a pet – Keep calm and love your pet!

S74 Grammar
Expressing always with 都/总/一向 – There are three words expressing “always” in Chinese. Come and find out more about them and how they work.

S75 Dialogue
Pet café 宠物咖啡厅 – BaiMei wants to invite Nincha and his pet dog to a wonderful pet café.


Unit 26 – Work work work work work

Goal: Learn how to behave in a Chinese company doing a big event  

S76 Vocabulary
Chatting with your colleagues – A few things to discuss when you chat with your colleagues

S77 Grammar
Lesson: Comparing 朝/向/往 – Forward, at, from? How do you say that in Chinese? Three small words to know how to handle and you’ll be able to face forward forever!

S78 Dialogue
An annual meeting of my company 年终大会 – Nincha was absent for the annual meeting of the company. Luckily BaiMei was there.


World 5 – Part II – Nine Suns!

Unit 27 – Sport activities

Goal: Learn words and expressions about sport activities

S79 Vocabulary
Sports – Go Go Meowmeow team!

S80 Grammar
The hypothesis with 假如/假使/要是…就/…的话 – Watson, let’s see our hypothesis.

S81 Dialogue
Amateur Volleyball Tournament – 业余排球赛 – Let’s all cheer for the MeowMeow team!


Unit 28 – Shopping in the furniture city

Goal: Learn how to ask questions in different ways

S82 Vocabulary
Make yourself at home – Buying everyday furniture to feel great.

S83 Grammar
Expressing “on earth” and “in the end” with 到底 & 究竟 – Need to clarify a situation, and getting frustrated because what you’re being told doesn’t make sense? 到底 & 究竟 are going to help you make your point.

S84 Dialogue
Shopping in furniture city – Time to fancy the house a bit.


Unit 29 – Recommend a book

Goal: Learn how to recommend something to others

S85 Vocabulary
Chinese contemporary literature – Lupishu loves reading Chinese novels.

S85 Vocabulary
Chinese contemporary literature II

S86 Grammar
Expressing “among” with 其中& 当中 – Is there someone?

S87 Dialogue
Do you have a book to recommend? Lupishu is exploring Chinese contemporary literature and eager to discover new books to read!


Unit 30 – Gaokao: the College entrance examinations

Goal: Learn how to analyze something from various angles  

S88 Vocabulary
The Gao Kao is the most important diploma in China – Learn how to analyze something from various angles

S89 Grammar
Expressing “no matter” 不管/无论/不论…都/也 – No matter, it will be done!

S90 Dialogue
The GaoKao results are in today – Baimei and Nincha discuss the results of the GaoKao


Unit 31 – Military training

Goal: Know about the military training for Chinese students

S91 Vocabulary
Military training – Have you ever heard about the military training in Chinese schools and universities?

S92 Grammar
Expressing frequency part I 经常&常常 – Do you do that often?

S93 Dialogue
My little brother is going to participate in military training. – Nincha and BaiMei are talking about military training in Chinese universities.


Unit 32 – Part-time job

Goal: Learn how to instruct others

S94 Vocabulary
Like working and coffee? Great! – Learn how to instruct others at your job

S95 Grammar
Expressing frequency part II 平时&平常 – What do you often do?

S96 Dialogue
A part-time job at the coffee shop – Did you know that China is crazy about coffee too?


Unit 33 – Sport activity

Goal: Learn to express your curiosity and your prediction  

S97 Vocabulary
Sport and prediction – Learn to express your curiosity and your prediction

S98 Grammar
Comparing 反而 & 相反 – How to compare things

S99 Dialogue
The annual Sports competition in Ninchana – It’s all about a good team spirit!


Unit 33 – Camping

Goal: Learn useful words about camping and how to comfort others

S97 Vocabulary
Let’s go camping! – Surrounding yourself with nature and having a barbecue with your friends

S98 Grammar
Using 跟&对 – With me or to me?

S99 Dialogue
Camping in the forest 在森林里露营 – Nincha, Lupishu and BaiMei are going to have a lovely barbecue party in the forest.


Unit 33 – I want to be an interpreter

Goal: Learn to explain your goal

S97 Vocabulary
Being an interpreter. Not easy! – Want to be an interpreter? Here are some words that might be helpful to you.

S98 Grammar
Comparing 就是/就 – Comparing with even if

S99 Dialogue
I want to be an Interpreter 我想成为一名翻译 – BaiMei is talking about her dream job with Lupishu


Unit 33 – Support your favorite sport team

Goal: Learn how to exchange your opinions with others

S97 Vocabulary
What an amazing football game! – You watched a wonderful football game last night and you can’t wait to talk about it with other football fans.

S98 Grammar
Comparing 对…来说 & 对…而言 – Expressing your point of view

S99 Dialogue
The Chinese football team won! 中国足球队赢啦 ! – Speak about a Soccer match with your friends.


Unit 33 – Going on a diet

Goal: Learn how to do an analysis from various angles

S97 Vocabulary
Going on diet – How do you feel doing a diet?

S98 Grammar
Ways of saying “not only…but also” with 不但 . . . 而且 ; 不仅 . . . 还 ; 不只 . . . 还 – Build your arguments

S99 Dialogue
Going on a diet – You are not fat at all!


Unit 33 – Sport events

Goal: Learn to give advice to other people

S97 Vocabulary
Going on diet – How do you feel doing a diet?

S98 Grammar
Ways of saying “not only…but also” with 不但 . . . 而且 ; 不仅 . . . 还 ; 不只 . . . 还 – Build your arguments

S99 Dialogue
Going on a diet – You are not fat at all!


Advanced Chinese Vocabulary Stages

My cell phone is out of battery!
Words and expressions related to cellphones and that battery that always seem low.

Reading a newspaper
Our Lupishu is fond of reading Chinese newspapers. How about you? Do you follow the news?

Mother’s Day
How do you celebrate Mother’s Day usually?

Any interesting economic news?
Useful words to help you talk about economic issues in Chinese

Do you want to be an artist?
Come and learn some useful words about art!

At-Choo! At-Choo! At-Choo!
Poor Lupishu has a cold and he can’t help sneezing all the time.

Driving on the road
Do you know how to say one-way street and driving license in Chinese? Come and learn some words related to traffic.

Working a part-time job
Useful vocabulary to help you become a good salesclerk

Learning to express your gratitude
Feeling embarrassed? How about making a phone call to say “Thank you”?

Online shopping
These cats love shopping online. Do you?

Let’s gossip!
Are you ready for gossip time?

A computer expert
Learn useful words related to your computer.

Chinese fables
Have you heard a Chinese fable before?

Chinese classical literature
Check out useful words to help you discover ancient China’s literature.

Chinese food or Western dishes?
A big question for you: do you prefer Chinese food or Western dishes?

Dealing with prefixes
Getting ready to learn a couple useful prefixes

All about animals
Do you know how to say cobra in Chinese? It’s 眼镜蛇 the snake with glasses! Interesting, don’t you think?

Words in ist, isms, -ity, and more
Just like in English, you find all sorts of words with common endings in Chinese. These endings are suffixes! Let’s learn a few

At the hair salon
What kind of hairstyle would you want?

Let’s chat
Want to hold a structured conversation in Chinese? Let’s start with these words

City or countryside?
Where do you prefer living? A big city or a small country?

Keep talking
More useful words to know to move along your conversation and make it interesting!

Have you ever done volunteer work?
Lupishu really wants to be a volunteer, and Nincha tells him that he should learn some vocabulary about volunteering before he starts.

Social activities after work
Enjoying a meal or having a drink with colleagues after work sounds like a great idea. Here are some useful words to help you talk about social activities after work.

A Photography Exhibit
Do you like photography? Going to the museum? Learn words to talk about your museum-going hobby!

Are you wounded?
Nincha has broken his leg.

Having a pet
Keep calm and love your pet!

Chatting with your colleagues
A few things to discuss when you chat with your colleagues

Sports
Go Go Meowmeow team!

Make yourself at home
Buying everyday furniture to feel great.

Chinese contemporary literature
Lupishu loves reading Chinese novels.

Chinese contemporary literature II

The Gao Kao is the most important diploma in China
Learn how to analyze something from various angles

Military training
Have you ever heard about the military training in Chinese schools and universities?

Like working and coffee? Great!
Learn how to instruct others at your job

Sport and prediction
Learn to express your curiosity and your prediction

Let’s go camping!
Surrounding yourself with nature and having a barbecue with your friends

Let’s go camping!
Surrounding yourself with nature and having a barbecue with your friends


Upper Intermediate Chinese Grammar Stages

剛|刚[gāng] and 剛纔|刚才[gāng cái]
Are 剛|刚[gāng] and 剛纔|刚才[gāng cái] ganging up on you? Learn when to use which!

適合|适合[shì hé] vs. 合適|合适[hé shì] – Aargh!
They share the same characters, they both kind of mean the same, but one’s an adjective and one’s a verb: when should I use which?

Separable verbs
Notice how in Chinese, words come often in two? Well, despite that, some verbs can be broken apart. Come in see!

經過|经过[jīng guò] vs. 通過|通过[tōng guò]
These two are easy to confuse: as they both mean to go through. But one’s more literal to use than the other.

還是|还是[hái shi] or 或者[huò zhě]?
Two ways to give options: which should you use when?

The different uses of “可[kě]”
You know 可[kě] in 可是[kě shì] and in 可以[kě yǐ] but did you know that 可[kě] can also be used on its own?

Directional complements
Are you going up? Down? Coming in? Going out? Just like in English, it’s the little words that help you be clear about the direction of your action.

Directional complements II – What happens when you start using several words to describe what you’re doing? Your directions get a lot more precise.

Expressing attitude with “就[jiù]”
就[jiù] as you’re starting to see has many different meanings. One of the ways to use 就[jiù] is to show your attitude and this is what you’re going to learn to do here! Ready to show some attitude?

Result complements
Whether intentional or unintentional, these words will help you talk about the result

Potential complements
Able? Not able? Will you manage to create potential complements in Chinese? (of course, you will, we believe in you!)

Degree complements
A little, a lot, not at all… Be specific about the degree of what you’re saying!

還是|还是[hái shi] or 或者[huò zhě]?
Two ways to give options: which should you use when?

忽然[hū rán] or 突然[tū rán]
忽然[hū rán] and 突然[tū rán] kind of look alike and both mean the same thing but once you know where to use which, you’ll be fine!

肯定[kěn dìng] / 一定[yī dìng] / 確定|确定[què dìng]
One’s thing for certain: these three words can all mean certain!

對|对[duì], 對於|对于[duì yú] & 關於|关于[guān yú]
對|对[duì]\ 對於|对于[duì yú]\ 關於|关于[guān yú]are three words you can use to say “Regarding this matter”. Let’s see when you can use which!

Existential verbs (存[cún] 現|现[xiàn] 句[jù] )
Do you need to emphasize the existence or nonexistence of something? These verbs are what you need!

只有[zhǐ yǒu]……纔|才[cái] / 只要[zhǐ yào]……就[jiù]
These two structures can seem confusingly similar; let’s see which one you can use when to express “only”/ “if only”!

Comparing 一點|一点[yī diǎn](兒|儿[r])& 有點|有点[yǒu diǎn](兒|儿[r])
When you want to say “a little”, 一點|一点[yī diǎn](兒|儿[r])& 有點|有点[yǒu diǎn](兒|儿[r])are two expressions you can use. Curious to know in which cases you can use one and not the other? Let’s experiment!

由於|由于[yóu yú];因此[yīn cǐ];由於|由于[yóu yú]…因此[yīn cǐ]
Causes; results, causes resulting in results are useful structures to know how to use, so let’s practice using them.

All about “all”
There are many ways to talk about “all” and “everything” in Chinese. We may not see them all here, but here are a few to experiment with, and learn to distinguish.

Expressing “always”
Have you noticed? There are several ways to express “always” in Chinese: 一直[yī zhí], 從來|从来[cóng lái], 老[lǎo], 總是|总是[zǒng shì]…… but you can’t always use one instead of the other. Let’s see which you can use when.

Expressing “if…then…”
如果[rú guǒ] means “if”, and when there’s an if… there’s usually a potential consequence that goes with it. Learn how to say “if… then” with the structures, we’re going to practice doing here!

Expressing possibility
Aah if everything were exactly as you wanted, there’d be so much you could do, right? Learn to express possibility and “ifs” in this stage!

Comparing 好像[hǎo xiàng] / 顯得|显得[xiǎn de] / 看起來|看起来[kàn qǐ lái]
好像[hǎo xiàng], 顯得|显得[xiǎn de] and 看起來|看起来[kàn qǐ lái] all mean “to seem like” so it may seem like you can use each interchangeably. However, this is not quite the case so let’s compare these three words and what they really are like.

Expressing “no wonder”
Sometimes, you learn something new and then everything just starts making sense. Don’t you want to exclaim ‘no wonder’ in those cases? Here’s how to say that in Chinese.

Expressing “almost” with 差點|差点[chà diǎn](兒|儿[r])&差點|差点[chà diǎn] 沒|没[méi]
差點|差点[chà diǎn](兒|儿[r]) & 差點|差点[chà diǎn] 沒|没[méi] both mean “almost”. They may look almost the same but you can’t quite use them in the same way. Let’s see when you can use which and then you’ll be a pro at saying “almost” in Mandarin!

Borrowing or lending?
Are you borrowing or lending something? Learn how to say both and become a pro at borrowing and lending in Chinese.

Expressing purpose
Express purpose in Chinese with 為了|为了[wèi le], 好[hǎo] 讓|让[ràng] and 之所以[zhī suǒ yǐ].

不怎麼|不怎么[bù zěn me]
Feeling unimpressed? Use 不怎麼|不怎么[bù zěn me]to say something is “not very” or “not particularly”…

Expressing “once then” & “as soon as”
Prone to imagining what would happen when…? Then these structures are perfect for you!

Comparing 一直[yī zhí]&一向[yī xiàng]
Both 一直[yī zhí]&一向[yī xiàng] can be used to talk about continuous actions and talk about things that happened “all along”. Let’s compare both to see which you can use when and then you can say you knew that all along!

後來|后来[hòu lái] vs 然後|然后[rán hòu]
後來|后来[hòu lái] and 然後|然后[rán hòu] are two great words to talk about what happens or happened afterward. Let’s learn to use them!


Upper Intermediate Chinese Grammar Lessons


Upper Intermediate Chinese Dialogues

Forgetting to pay the electricity bill
Is an electric power outage on its way?

Convenience stores are awesome
You can even pay your bills there!

Taking the bus
Figuring out which bus to take

Self-service ticketing
Self-service ticketing is nice and all, but what happens when you don’t have the right change?

Shopping and haggling
Lupishu wants to buy a souvenir but the price is too steep!

Bargaining to get what you want
Lupishu really wants that souvenir, he’s not giving up!

充[chōng] 話費|话费[huà fèi] 送[sòng] 手機|手机[shǒu jī]
Pay for a monthly charge and get a phone for free? – Lupishu heard in an ad that he could get a phone for free!

No phones come for free
Getting a new phone isn’t that easy

Picking the best plan for your cellphone
Lupishu’s an avid Internet user so he wants his phone contract to include plenty of data usage!

A custom-made coat
Getting to the Clothing Market is the first step!

訂做|订做[dìng zuò] 大衣[dà yī]
Getting clothes made – Lupishu is in the process of getting a coat tailor-made!

去[qù] 郵局|邮局[yóu jú] 寄[jì] 國際|国际[guó jì] 郵包|邮包[yóu bāo]
Sending a package abroad – Decide whether you want to send your package by plane or by regular mail

檢查|检查[jiǎn chá] 郵包|邮包[yóu bāo]
Package inspection – What are you sending? As Lupishu learns the hard way, your package might get inspected.

開|开[kāi] 箱[xiāng] 檢查|检查[jiǎn chá] – Opening your package to inspect it
Lupishu’s package is being inspected. The US are very picky about what they let in!

Direct or with a layover?
Lupishu and Baimei discuss Lupishu’s upcoming flight

Overweight luggage
It’s time to check in but things aren’t going as smoothly as Lupishu hoped

過|过[guò] 安檢|安检[ān jiǎn]
Going through Security – Go through security and then you’re ready to go board your plane!

找[zhǎo] 候車室|候车室[hòu chē shì]
Looking for the train lounge – Nincha’s having trouble locating his train

南京[Nán jīng] 南[nán] 站[zhàn] At the South Nanjing Train Station
Will Nincha catch his train in time?

錢包|钱包[qián bāo] 不見|不见[bù jiàn] 了[le]!
I can’t find my wallet! – Is your wallet lost or just misplaced?

Looking for the missing wallet
Lupishu’s wallet has disappeared. What if it got stolen?

今晚[jīn wǎn] 你[nǐ] 有[yǒu] 什麼|什么[shén me] 安排[ān pái] 嗎|吗[ma]?
What are your plans tonight? – Convincing your friend to go out on a Friday is essential friend duty!

酒吧[jiǔ bā] 裡|里[lǐ] – In a bar
Going to a bar is a good way to meet people

可不[kě bu] 可以[kě yǐ] 留[liú] 個|个[gè] 聯繫|联系[lián xì] 方式[fāng shì]?
Can I get your contact info? – So you’ve seen someone that seems interesting, now, go chat!

Running into your upper classmates
Upper classmates can be of good advice when it comes to job hunting

畢業|毕业[bì yè] 後|后[hòu] 我[wǒ] 想[xiǎng]… Your plans after graduation
What are you planning on doing after you graduate?

What are your skills?
To look for a job, it’s important to know what you’re good at!

Job hunting?
It’s your abilities that matter – Don’t give up before you even try!

Any secret tips to acing a job interview?
If only there was a secret sauce that would make everything go ok

Visiting a friend in Beijing
Yay, you’re going to go see your friend in Beijing!

派出所[pài chū suǒ] 報道|报道[bào dào] Getting registered at the police station
Visiting a friend and staying at a hotel isn’t quite the same thing in China

看病[kàn bìng] – Seeing the doctor
In China, you go to the hospital to see a doctor, it’s a little different.

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