Chinese Language Program

Year Two: Intermediate Chinese

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  • Listening: You should be able to understand normal speed Chinese dialogues and monologues on many school and everyday life (survival) topics as well as some social issues if the speakers are speaking standard spoken Chinese (no obvious accent, neither too formal nor too colloquial).
  • Speaking: You can clearly express yourself in short but well connected paragraphs with some elaborations and limited idiomatic phrases. Your speech should be close to natural speed.
  • Reading: You can recognize 1,000 to 1,200 Chinese characters or around 3,000 frequently used Chinese words/phrases (including some colloquial and formal expressions) and read short articles modified for foreign students on topics as mentioned above.
  • Writing: You can write simple personal letters, short articles that discuss some common social and cultural issues taught in your textbooks.
  • Grammar: You can correctly choose proper structures and sentence patterns frequently used in standard spoken Chinese.
  • Cultural knowledge: You should have a better understanding of Chinese culture and society.
  • Your oral proficiency should reach at least Intermediate Mid level by the end of the 2nd semester.
  • If you take HSK test, you should get at least level 3.


  • It is an ideal time for you to study in China on this level. You may consider joining a good intensive summer program in China or stay in China for one semester. If so can accelerate your Chinese learning and reach true advanced level in three years. Obviously, you will have a better learning environment there.
  • You have learned most of the fundamental structures and many patterns of the standard spoken Chinese. To understand to use them in the most appropriate contexts is crucial.
  • Patterns and vocabulary are very important for this period so you will spend most of the time in drills to practice the patterns and most significant words. In certain sense, your achievements in this period will be quantitative and this is a preparation for the breakthrough in the next stage.
  • Learn some more colloquial expressions not found in the first year textbook and try your best to use them.
  • For writing, however, just write what you want to say. Although you may have been exposed to some written style reading materials, it is no hurry to imitate them because you have not yet been given the rules.
  • You may start to group the characters you have learned.

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