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Learn how to read and write Chinese with free online video lessons, presented by Chinese teacher April Zhang. 

Starting with strokes and stroke orders, she will gradually publish a series of video lessons based on her Chinese Reading and Writing series, teaching you a total of 320 most frequently used Chinese characters and how to read and write Chinese texts using these characters.

These animated explainer videos feature a handwritten style which can be emulated with a pen or a pencil, and has a different look and feel from the printed fonts.

Free Online Video Lessons

Chinese Reading and Writing

Strokes and Stroke Orders

In this lesson, you will learn six basic strokes, basic stroke variations, basic stroke combinations, combination variations, and stroke order rules, all part of the preparation before you venture into the realm of reading and writing Chinese characters.

April also points out that the key factor in the success of learning Chinese reading and writing is to keep writing. So grab a pen or a pencil, start writing now. 

My First 15 Chinese Characters

Learn 15 the most frequently used characters in the Modern Standard Chinese and how to use these characters into meaningful words and expressions. These characters contextualise the strokes and stroke orders taught in the previous lesson, and enable students to understand how the stroke order rules are applied when writing Chinese characters.

The connection between pictures and Chinese characters is also discussed a bit. This lesson is part 2 of the preparation chapter in Chinese Reading and Writing 1.

32 Words and Expressions

Learn 32 words and expressions, and understand how combinations of old characters create new meanings.

In this lesson, April also points out some of the benefits of learning characters, and explains these online Chinese courses and the Chinese Reading and Writing books are best for people who have learned some Mandarin Chinese using pinyin but not yet done any Chinese characters and the reason why pinyin is not included in the books. 

This lesson finishes with a 2-minute challenge, a bit of extra practice, for you to check your learning result.

This is the final part of the preparation chapter in Chinese Reading and Writing 1.

Extra Interest - Beginner’s Guide to Six Common Chinese Fonts

Learning how to write Chinese? Recognise some common Chinese fonts too!

In this video, April introduces six Chinese fonts, Sim Sun, Song Ti, Hei Ti, Micro Soft Ya Hei, Kai Ti and Fang Song Ti, which are widely used both online and in print. You’ll see how strokes look differently in different Chinese fonts. Chinese characters are cool. Chinese fonts are way cool!

If you prefer reading than watching this video, read a longer version here.

Writing Numbers in Chinese (Part 1)

After a lengthy preparation of strokes, stroke orders, 15 Chinese characters and their combinations, we are finally starting lesson one in Chinese Reading and Writing 1. 

In this part 1, you’re going to learn how to write 14 Chinese characters, all related to numbers. You’ll learn reading and writing big numbers in Chinese at the next lesson.

Writing Numbers in Chinese (Part 2)

If you have ever wondered how to write “ten million” in Chinese, you will get your answer in this video lesson, where April shows how to read and write some pretty big numbers in Chinese.

This lesson also includes an end-of-chapter challenge, a bit of extra practice for you to read and write numbers in Chinese, on your own!

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