Chinese Course I a - HSK 1  

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Would you like to follow a course aimed at being able to speak and read everyday Chinese? 

If you are also interested in preparing for the HSK1 exam and in the getting to know the Chinese culture better, then this is the right course for you. 
You will become acquainted with the 'pin yin' and the tonal system. Step by step you will also learn to write some of the most basic characters. You will increase your listening skills with a variety of practice material both in class and at home, using our online learning platform KickstartNet. Asking each other simple questions is part of the lesson routine.

With the help of HSK exam material you will improve your language skills, which will increase your chances of successfully working with Chinese partners or when planning to study or work in China. It is not compulsory to take the exam. The exercise material ensures that you actively use the language and that you achieve good results. 

This course, which focuses on effective communication, is taught in English and is suitable for both Dutch and expats. Young adults also belong to our target group.

Overview - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1

Group size




Language during lesson

Chinese and English

Duration per lesson

2-2.5 hours

Course Length

24 hours


2-3 hours per lesson 

Course Content and Learning Goals - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1

Topics covered in your course include:

  • Introduction to pinyin and the tonal system
  • Relevant grammar and frequently used vocabulary
  • Functional language 
  • Information on cultural norms and traditions
  • Practical communicative activities

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself in different ways
  • Count until 100
  • Turn sentences into questions in a number of ways
  • Inquire after somebody’s nationality
  • Talk about professions
  • Talk about your family
  • Tell the time and talk about dates
  • Invite people
  • Use pin yin and use the tonal system
  • Recognise the most important characters
  • Talk about do’s and don’ts in families based on Confucianism
  • Talk about eating and drinking and order food in a restaurant
  • Understand how HSK 1 works

Practical Information - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1 


€360 ( €390 for courses starting after 31/12/2022) (excluding the course book/including all course materials). Students/au pairs receive a €40 discount (student card number/details of host family must be provided).

Course materials

Integrated Chinese 1 Textbook: Simplified Characters ; ISBN: 978-1-62291-135-6, €63,95.
If you purchase the book at Kickstart School, the price is reduced to €54
This book is used for all course levels.

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