BBC Mandarin Intermediate Course (HSK Level 2) is designed for students who aim to speak fluent Mandarin with at least 1000 Mandarin words and learn how to read basic Mandarin characters.
Before joining this course, students must be able to speak basic Mandarin and pass HSK Level 1.
Class duration: Once a week, 2 hours/class
Age range: Adults & teenagers
Some of our students' testimonials
“Before joining the class, i can speak very basic Mandarin but not able to recognise the characters at all. So, i joined this course as i want to learn to read and write Chinese characters as well as to enhance my communication skill. After 1 year of joining the class, i am able to read and write Chinese characters up to Standard 3. Thank you Jia Ming tutor for your guidance and motivatition towards my goal.” –
Mr Tan joined in September 2015, Shah Alam
“I’ve taken other writing classes and this one was by far the most helpful and most practical. My reading and writing skills improved dramatically over the last month.”
– Fatimah joined in December 2015, Shah Alam
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What is Chinese characters?
A Chinese character contains an indication of pronunciation as well as an indication of meaning.There are more than 100,000 different Chinese characters. However, The number of useful characters that we usually use is 2,000 to 5,000. A character is not a random drawing. It is made of strokes. There are 6 basic strokes.Some of them have several variants, and strokes can be combined to create more strokes. But the basic idea is that most characters are made from a small number of strokes.
Strokes have names. By only naming the strokes, I can describe any character. In a way, strokes are closer to the concept of letters than characters are. They are the smallest unit of Chinese writing. Stroke order is important. Kids learn which stroke goes before which at school. It is important because of how muscle memory works. Our brain is able to automatically remember a complex sequence of movement. If strokes were written in a random order, they would be much harder to remember. There are only a few rules for stroke ordering. Characters that look very complex at first, are in fact just a familiar sequence of strokes.
What is the difference between “Simplified” and “Traditional” Chinese characters?
In 1981, Malaysia switched from the use of the traditional character to simplified Chinese character. Simplified Chinese characters are used in Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore while Traditional Chinese characters are used in Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau.
How to type Chinese characters in your phone/laptop
Step 1: Must have Chinese Pinyin Keyboard in your phone
For iPhone: Go to General Setting > Keyboard > Add Keyboard > Add new Keyboard > Chinese (Simplified) > Pinyin Qwerty
For Android: Download & Install “Google Pinyin Input” > Open the app > Enable Settings > Google Pinyin Input > Chinese Pinyin Google Pinyin Input
Step 2: Start typing in your whatsapp/SMS
1. Change your keyboard to pinyin “拼音”
2. Type a vocabulary or phrase around 3-8 words (without spacing). If you only type 1 or 2 words, you are not sure which is the correct word. But, if you type at least 3 words, the first option will be 99.9% correct words.
3. Type the correct pinyin, for example :
dajiahao > 大家好 ( dajia = everyone , hao = good/hello )
woshiVincent > 我是Vincent ( wo = I/me , shi = is/are/am/was/were )
nimenyaoxuezhongwenma > 你们要学中文吗？(nimen = you all , yao = want , xue = learn , zhongwen = Mandarin , ma = question mark ? )