Free Online Lessons Teaching You Chinese Reading and Writing 3

Welcome to Chinese Reading and Writing 3 online lessons, the third one in the Chinese Reading and Writing series! During this Chinese course, April is going to show you how to read and write 50 new characters (two of them are special characters), 179 words and combinations, and 14 grammar points. 

The exercise sections of the book includes 242 sentences, 13 conversations and 6 readings. The readings are getting longer at this level. Make sure you have a good grasp of all of them. Practice makes perfect!

 

Free Online Video Lessons

Chinese Reading and Writing 3


Lesson 11 Characters

Welcome to the first one lesson of Chinese Reading and Writing 3. This is a continuation of the previous lessons of Chinese Reading and Writing 2. 

In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to read and write ten new characters, and their meanings.

Lesson 11 Words and Combinations

In this lesson, April presents 51 words and combinations, and explains that position words ending with 边 and position words ending with 面, such as 前边 and 前面, are variant words of each other. 

Read and write these words until you’re fluent.

Lesson 11 Grammar

In this lesson, April explains two important structures of how to express positions in Chinese, such as “the bread is in front of the book”. Different from English, in Chinese, the position word is put after the object which serves as the reference. 

After you watch the lesson, make a few sentences of your own!

Lesson 11 Practice

In this lesson, April uses two sentences to explain the usage of 一边...一边..., and how 来来往往 is used to describe motions of people. These two sentences are part of the exercise section of Lesson 11, which includes 29 sentences in Exercise 1, 2 conversations in Exercise 2, and 1 narrative in Exercise 3.

Give your brain a good workout with these exercises, and make sure you have a good grasp. After that, come back and finish an end-of-chapter challenge. 

Have fun!

Lesson 12 Characters

In this lesson, April shows how to read and write ten new Chinese characters in Lesson 12, and one of them “空” is a special character, which has two readings. 

Practice reading and writing these characters until you’re familiar with them.

Lesson 12 Words and Combinations

After learning new individual characters, you’ll expand your word bank in this lesson. There are 34 words and combinations in Lesson 12. Among them you’ll see some words consisting the special character 空. Pay attention to how this special character is pronounced and the meaning of the word it belongs to. 

Practice reading and writing these words and combinations. All are very useful.

Lesson 12 Grammar

This lesson is packed with important sentence structures. You’ll learn how to express 1) When...? 2) When...; 3) Before...; 4) After...; and 5) Duration of time in Chinese. 

You’ll also notice that Chinese language and English language are indeed quite different in terms of their word orders. If you are using English word order to write (or speak) Chinese words, the result will be Englinese!

Lesson 12 Practice

This is the last lesson of Lesson 12. It’s time for you to do the most crucial work, working out all 46 sentences, 3 conversations and 1 narrative rigorously. This is where you really develop your ability in reading and writing Chinese. 

In this lesson, April picks three sentences out of the exercise section to demonstrate that, when combined with different characters, the same character “起” will have quite different meanings. Indeed, leaning individual character is only the first step. Words and combinations are definitely your best friends. 

After you’ve got a good grasp of the entire lesson, come back and finish an end-of-chapter challenge. You have two minutes to complete.

Lesson 13 Characters

In this lesson, you’ll learn ten new Chinese characters in Lesson 13, how to read them, how to write them, and their meanings. 

Practice reading and writing these characters until you’re familiar with them.

Lesson 13 Words and Combinations

In this lesson, April presents 38 words and combinations in Lesson 12, and also explains the difference between 口 and 个 when these two characters are used as measure words for people. 

Enjoy the lesson.

Lesson 13 Grammar

In this lesson, April explains three grammar points, how to use 1) 谁; 2) 谁的; 3) 什么也没有... / 什么都没有... in sentences. Pay attention to the word order, which is different from English. 

Have fun!

Lesson 13 Practice

In this lesson, April picks three sentences to demonstrate three different meanings of 想, “to think”, “to want”, and “to miss”. It shows that sentences are important for us to determine the exact meaning of a Chinese character when this character is a word all by itself. 

Study all the exercises in the book, including 36 sentences under 32 index numbers, 3 conversations and 1 narrative. Practice will help you sharpen your Chinese skills.

After you’ve had a good grasp of the entire Lesson 13, come back for an end-of-chapter challenge. You have two minutes to complete. 

Lesson 14 Characters

In this lesson, April shows how to read and write ten new characters in Lesson 14. One of the characters is a special one, 长, which has two pronunciations. Pay attention to how this character is pronounced and the related meanings.

Lesson 14 Words and Combinations

In this lesson, April introduces 27 words and combinations. Six of them contain the special character “长”, which has two different pronunciations. Pay attention to how this character is pronounced in different words.

Read and write these words and combinations until you’re familiar with them.

Lesson 14 Grammar

In this lesson, April explains how to use an added element “...了...了” to describe the duration of an activity which started some time ago and is expected to continue at the time of speaking (writing). 

This is a very useful structure to learn, and it is another good example to show how different Chinese word order is from English.

Enjoy the lesson!

Lesson 14 Practice

In this lesson, April explains two very useful questions selected from the exercise section, how to ask “What do you do” and “How long have you been doing this job” in Chinese. 

Study all of the exercises thoroughly, including 40 sentences under 32 index numbers, 2 conversations, and 1 narrative. The narrative is getting longer and more interesting. Comprehending the story in its entirety is definitely the reward for the effort you have made in learning how to read and write Chinese. 

Once you have had a good grasp of the entire lesson, come back for the end-of-chapter challenge. You have two minutes to complete.

Lesson 15 Characters

In this lesson, April demonstrates how to read and write ten new Chinese characters presented in Lesson 15, which is the last lesson in Chinese Reading and Writing 3. 

Practice reading and writing these characters until you’re familiar with them.

Lesson 15 Words and Combinations

After learning ten new characters, it’s time to expand your word bank with new words and combinations. In this lesson, you’re going to learn 29 of them. All are very useful. 

Indeed, words and combinations give you the real power to decipher the meanings of Chinese texts, and to develop your Chinese language skills.

Lesson 15 Grammar

In this lesson, April explains three important grammatical points: 1) 一直 (how to use this word to express “continuously, always” in Chinese); 2) how to use 得 as a particle to link a complement; 3) how to use 是...的 to emphasise certain element in a sentence. 

Enjoy the lesson and make sure you make some sentences of your own. Using them well means that you’ve made good progress in your Chinese study!

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