Chinese Course II a - HSK 2  

A2 Pre-Intermediate

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

This course, together with course II b, prepares you also for the HSK2 exam.

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Of course, there is plenty of time for writing simple characters and for getting acquainted with Chinese culture. You will work on improving both your listening and speaking skills. On KickstartNet, our learning platform, you can also practice a lot at home. Having short conversations is part of the lessons.

With the HSK2 exam on your CV you will show that you already have a basic knowledge of Chinese, which can help you when working with Chinese business partners or to study or work in China. If you do not wish to take the exam, this is not a problem. Working with HSK practice material ensures that you are very active with the language.

The language spoken in class is English, which makes the course suitable for both Dutch and expats. This course is also ideal for young adults. Besides the fact that you are working towards an exam, the course is mainly aimed at increasing your communication skills.

Overview - Chinese Course II a - HSK 2

Group size




Language during lesson

Chinese and English

Duration per lesson

2-3 hours

Course Length

24 hours


2-3 hours per lesson

Course Content and Learning Goals - Chinese Course II a - HSK 2

Topics covered in your course include:

  • Continuing lessons in pinyin and the tonal system
  • Continuing relevant grammar and vocabulary
  • Functional language e.g. phrases for conversation
  • Information on cultural norms and traditions
  • Practical communicative activities
  • Writing of more common Chinese characters

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

  • Talk about things that will happen in the future
  • Make plans
  • Know how to use “的”and“得”
  • Make sentence to emphasize time, place, etc.
  • Know more about modal verbs, e.g. “会” and “能”
  • Have basic conversations at the doctors
  • Use appropriate language to indicate direction/place
  • Use appropriate language to express gratitude and wishes
  • Make sentences with conjunction words
  • Know more about sentences that indicate an action in progress
  • Write a short letter
  • Use pinyin and the tonal systems in better ways

Practical Information - Chinese Course II a - HSK 2


€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.

Optional Books:
HSK Standard Course 2: Textbook; ISBN: 9787561937266, ± €29 (optional)
HSK Standard Course 2: Workbook; ISBN: 9787561937808, ± €14 (optional)

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