The 6th Online Chinese Writing Course

Welcome to the sixth online Chinese writing course, the last one in the series. This Chinese course marks the end of your extensive training for building up strong Chinese reading and writing skills with 320 basic characters. 

Based on Chinese Reading and Writing 6, this course introduces 50 new characters, 326 words and combinations, 1 important grammar point. In the exercise sections of the book, you’ll have 337 sentences and 12 interesting narratives to practice. Different from the previous course, narratives in this book are not long. Instead, they are entertaining and stimulating to read. Have fun with reading Chinese!

 

April Zhang

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Chinese Reading and Writing 6


Lesson 26 Characters

Welcome to the first lesson in Chinese Reading and Writing 6, the final book in the series!

In this lesson, you’re going to learn ten new Chinese characters, how to read them, how to write them and their meanings. Two of them, 干 and 当 are special ones with two different readings.

Also, one new character 已 looks awfully similar to an old character 己. Know what their difference is. 

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

Lesson 26 Words and Combinations

You’re now at a stage that learning ten new Chinese characters can increase the size of your vocabulary by dozens. That’s where the focus is in this lesson. You’re going to learn 68 very useful words and combinations.

To really know these new words and combinations requires you to spend time read them aloud, copy them, read them in Chinese texts, hear them being used in sentences, and use them.

Lesson 26 Practice

It’s time to use all the newly learned words and combinations in sentences and readings. Picking out the right word in a sentence is a trained skill. You need good exercises to achieve that. In the book, there are 72 sentences under 60 index numbers and 3 entertaining readings. You’ll love them.

In this lesson, April leads you through a mini exercises. There are three sentences. All of them contain characters 当 and 时候. The question is whether or not they all mean “during the time of…”. 

Study all the exercises in the book, after that, complete the end-of-chapter challenge.

Lesson 27 Characters

This lesson starts with ten new Chinese characters in Lesson 27. Two of them, 只 and 行 are special ones with two pronunciations. Also, an old character from Lesson 26, 发, makes its second appearance for its second pronunciation.

April also points out the similarity between 无 and 天, 理 and 里. Pay attention to their differences. 

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

Lesson 27 Words and Combinations

Time to put all the newly learned Chinese characters into words and combinations. There are 69 of them listed in the book. Read them aloud, copy them until you have a good grasp.

Pay attention to the special characters, how they are pronounced and the associated meanings.

Lesson 27 Practice

When seeing a special Chinese character, to know how to pronounce it and its meaning, we must pay attention to which characters it connects to. The best is for us to see it in a sentence or a paragraph.

This is the central theme of a mini exercise in this lesson. April shows how the same two characters, 同行, must be treated differently.

Study all the exercises in the book, including 74 sentences under 67 index numbers and 2 nice reading. After you have a good grasp, complete the end-of-chapter challenge.

Lesson 28 Characters

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

Also, as you accumulate characters, you’ll find more and more of them are look-a-like. One of the new character 入 is nearly identical to the character 人.

Lesson 28 Words and Combinations

In this lesson, you’re going to expand your work bank by 62 new words and combinations. One of them is a synonym of an old friend 面子, which shows up again to make it easier for you to make the connection. 

Read these words aloud, copy them until you’re fluent.

Lesson 28 Practice

It’s time to practice. Practice picking out the right words in a sentence, and practice understanding the exact meaning of a word within a sentence, as both Chinese characters and Chinese words can have multiple meanings. The only way to know what they mean is to read them in a context.

In this lesson, April presents a quick demo that the same word, 意见, means completely different things in different sentences.

Study all the exercises in the book thoroughly, including 61 sentences under 51 index numbers and 2 enjoyable readings. After you have a good grasp, complete the end-of-chapter challenge.

Lesson 29 Characters

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

As you learn more characters, in many ways you’ll feel it’s getting easier. When you first started, everything was new and strange, now you see familiar faces all the time. Some characters are part of old characters. Such as today’s new character 门 is part of this character 们. You’ll also see an old character becomes part of a new character, such as 上 is part of the new character 让. All these familiarities will make learning new characters easier and faster.

Lesson 29 Words and Combinations

In this lesson, we’re going to put all the newly learned Chinese characters into words and combinations. Remember, the more words and combinations you know, the easier it gets to read Chinese texts. 

There are 63 of them listed in the book. Study everyone of them thoroughly.

Lesson 29 Practice

It’s time to practice, the best part of learning Chinese. This is where the progress is made. There are 66 sentences under 55 index numbers and 2 interesting readings in the book. Study all of them thoroughly. 

In this lesson, April demonstrates that the same Chinese character, 等, can have opposite meanings in different contexts. That the same Chinese character or word have different meanings has a reoccurring theme throughout our Chinese courses. 

She also points out that, to improve your Chinese reading skills, you need to have two approaches. Enlarge the size of your vocabulary is the right thing to do, and it is also critical to read Chinese texts so that you can put your words into active use. Comprehending the entire sentences is important for understanding individual characters or words, while understanding characters and words is critical to comprehend the entire sentences. Don’t over focus on one aspect at the expense of the other.

After you have a good grasp of the entire lesson, complete the end-of-chapter challenge. 

Lesson 30 Characters

Lesson 30 starts here, the last Lesson Chapter in the Chinese Reading and Writing series. You’re going to learn the final ten new Chinese characters. 

Two characters, 处 and 教 are special ones with two readings. 教 is perhaps a little confusing as both of the readings have the meaning “to teach”. April explains how to differentiate them.

Lesson 30 Words and Combinations

After learning new Chinese characters, it’s time to expand the size of your vocabulary. There are 63 words and combinations listed in the book. Pay attention to the two special characters, 处 and 教, how they are pronounced and associated meaning. 

Read all the words combinations aloud and copy them until you’re fluent.

Lesson 30 Grammar

In this lesson, April demonstrates how to use 被 to express passive voice in Chinese. 

She also points out that, in Chinese, passive voice structure is not as fixed as it is in English. There are situations where 被 is not required.

Lesson 30 Practice

It’s time to do some practice to make good progress on your Chinese reading and writing skills! In the book, there are 64 sentences under 52 index numbers and 2 interesting readings.

In this lesson, April talks about the expressiveness of Chinese, and that some words, such as 信口开河 and 人山人海, are able to bring powerful vivid imageries to our mind. So when you’re writing Chinese, think about whether or not you can use a word or two like that to make your writing more vivid.

Study all the exercises thoroughly. After you have a good grasp, complete the end-of-chapter challenge.

Review 6

Welcome to the final lesson of the Chinese Reading and Writing 6, and also the final lesson of the entire Chinese Reading and Writing series. Congratulations! Hope you have had great fun!

In this lesson, April walks you through the final Review chapter in the book, and also takes a look back at the impressive result we have together achieved. Moreover, she points out that, in order to achieve what we have achieved, we have to let something go. She explains three things that we hardly talked about, 1) the connections between characters and pictures, 2) radicals, and 3) components, why we did not talk about them, and what you can do about them.

At the end of the lesson, complete your final end-of-chapter challenge.


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