Overall Course Structure


Our Chinese Characters I course is perfect for students that have a basic foundation in conversational Chinese, or those who have learned characters before but are looking for a refresher, and are looking to begin mastering Chinese characters!

If you’re just starting out learning Chinese, we highly recommend first finishing our Beginner Conversational Chinese course, so that you have a strong foundation in Chinese pinyin, tones, and Chinese language basics, before beginning this course. The Character I course is more focused on learning to read and write Chinese characters, so it’s best to have a solid foundation in pinyin and tones at the bare minimum before starting this course.

The Characters I course consists of 6 levels, with a total of 134 lessons across 24 units, and can be finished in as little as 6 months!

In this course, you’ll learn the 300 most common Chinese characters that make up over 60% of written Chinese!

You’ll not only learn to read and write these 300 Chinese characters, but you’ll also learn the meaning behind each character and see how these characters can combine with one another to form new words, using a building block approach. You'll even learn some example sentences so you can see how to put the characters and words you learn to use!

We also pair the individual Chinese characters with great visual or written mnemonics, to help you remember each character with ease.

After taking this course, you’ll truly understand how logical Chinese characters and words are, and how easy it is to learn to read and write them!

In Levels 1-5 of the course, you’ll learn new Chinese characters, words and example sentences, while in Level 6, you’ll have a comprehensive review of all of the characters you’ve learned throughout the course.

During this course, you’ll:

  • Master how to read and write the 300 most common Chinese characters

  • Understand the meaning behind each character

  • Be able to recognize each character in different Chinese fonts

  • Learn new words and phrases through combining two or more characters together

  • Learn sentences in Chinese using the characters you have mastered

  • Understand 60% of all written Chinese

… and more!

By the end of this course, you will have gained a basic foundation in Chinese characters, and will be able to read and write characters at a beginner level.

After completing this course, your level should be around HSK Level 1 or 2. For more information on the HSK, check out this article.

Learning Materials Included in the Course


The Chinese Characters I course includes a variety of study tools, including:

  • Lesson Videos teaching key language concepts

  • Lecture Notes PDFs for every lesson detailing the lesson content, including bonus material such as mini quizzes, character writing practice exercises, and more

  • Quiz Worksheet PDFs with additional quiz material to test your retention of the material

  • Interactive Language Flashcards with normal and slow speed audio, to master what was covered in the lesson

  • Interactive 10-Question Quizzes with diverse question types, to thoroughly test your retention of what was covered in each lesson

  • Study Schedule PDF to give you more structure when self-studying

  • Course Index PDF to find lessons for certain Chinese characters in the course

Lesson-based tools resources be found on the individual lesson pages, and any downloadable resources can be found on our Download Center.

Sample Lessons


Wondering what the lessons are like? Get started with the first lesson here.

As always, if you have any additional questions about the course, feel free to message us using the chat widget and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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