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Chinese Character Course

Chinese Character Course

  • Master 300 of the most commonly used Chinese characters  
  • Learn to read street signs, store advertisements, menus & more  
  • Communicate in written Chinese through emails & texting
Introductory Series (Lesson 1-5)
Level 1 (Lesson 1-20)
Level 2 (Lesson 21-40)
Level 3 (Lesson 41-60)
Level 4 (Lesson 61-80)
Level 5 (Lesson 81-100)
   In this lesson, we will cover the following: 
   • Introduction of the character component concept
   • Introduction of the building block nature of Chinese characters
   • How to effectively learn Chinese characters

   In this introductory lesson, Yangyang answers the following questions:
   • Is a Chinese character a word?
   • How many Chinese characters should you learn?

   In this introductory lesson, Yangyang answers the following questions:
   • How did Chinese characters come to look the way they are today?
   • What are the 4 different ways Chinese characters are formed?

   In this introductory lesson, Yangyang answers the following questions: 
   • How do Chinese people type Chinese characters?
   • Which is more "important" when learning Chinese characters? Reading or
   writing?

 

   In this introductory lesson, Yangyang will answer the following questions: 
   • What do I need before I start taking the Yoyo character course?
   • What does Yoyo Chinese focus on? Simplified or traditional characters?
   • How will the Yoyo character course help me achieve basic Chinese literacy?

 

   Learn the characters for "person", "from", and "ge" (a generic measure
   word).

   Learn the characters for "big", "sky", and "too" (as in "too much").

   Learn 3 new characters for "top", "middle", "bottom"

   Learn the characters for “le” (common sentence particle), “child” / "zi" (suffix
   character), and “character” (as in "Chinese character")

   Learn the characters for “mouth / opening”, “hand”, and “heart”

   This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered
   in lessons 1-5.

   Learn 3 new characters for "sun", "moon", "bright"

   Learn 3 new characters for "white", "hundred", "possessive or attributive
   particle"

Learn 3 new characters for "work", "left", "right"
Learn 3 new characters for "ten", "shén", "dry / to do"
Learn 3 new characters for "noon/mid-day", "beef"/"awesome/impressive/cocky/ arrogant", "life/birth"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 6-10.
Learn 3 new characters for "eight", "six", "distinguish/minute/point"
Learn 3 new characters for "how many (less than 10)", "son / suffix", "nine"
Learn 3 new characters for "small / little / young", "few (quantity) / lacking", "writing / culture"
Learn 3 new characters for "because / reason", "return / back", "four"
Learn 3 new characters for "not", "bad / broken", "still"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 11-15.
Learn 3 new characters for "seven", "north", "flower / spend"
Learn 3 new characters for "happy / music", "east", "car"
Learn 3 new characters for "power / strength", "for", "side"
Learn 3 new characters for "woman / female", "if as in ‘rú ɡuǒ’", "good"
Learn 3 new characters for "also / too ", "earth / ground", "she / her"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 16-20.
Learn 3 new characters for "to have ", "to use", "friend"
Learn 3 new characters for "he / him ", "you", "I / me"
Learn 3 new characters for "door / gate", "pluralizing suffix", "to ask"
Learn 3 new characters for "room / between", "morning", "but"
Learn 3 new characters for "only", "to recognize", "to know"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 21-25.
Learn 3 new characters for "water", "fire", "to rest"
Learn 3 new characters for "end", "the measure word for 'book' / origin", "body"
Learn 3 new characters for "electricity", "fruit", "inside"
Learn 3 new characters for "even / level / flat / equal / uneventful", "half", "to come"
Learn 3 new characters for "me", "to go / past", "method / way / rule"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 26-30.
Learn 3 new characters for "again", "friend", "to send / to get(rich) / hair"
Learn 3 new characters for "ability / talent / just (adv.)", "long / to grow", "cloth / clothing"
Learn 3 new characters for "to fly", "air / gas", "every / each"
Learn 3 new characters for "five", "language", "year"
Learn 3 new characters for "the Han (ethnic group)", "(have/did) not", "machine"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 31-35.
Learn 3 new characters for "this", "that", "which/where"
Learn 3 new Chinese characters for "horse", "question particle ma", "mom"
Learn 3 new characters for "open / to open", "to enter", "to exit"
Learn 3 new characters for "to practice / custom", "ice", "time (measure word)"
Learn 3 new characters for "it", "compare", "particle used for follow-up questions"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 36-40.
Learn 3 new characters for "name / fame / famous", "outside / foreign", "many / a lot / how"
Learn 3 new characters for "year (of age)", "die/dead", "long (time)"
Learn 3 new characters for "excitement", "should", "to buy"
Learn 3 new characters for "store/ shop", "to ignite/ a little/ o’clock", "hot/warm"
Learn 3 new characters for "to add", "to call", "and/ harmonious"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 41-45.
Learn 3 new characters for "can", "song", "happy"
Learn 3 new characters for "not", "true/real", "happy"
Learn 3 characters for "to hit/strike/play/call/take", "to look for", "or"
Learn 3 new characters for "to see", "appear/now", "vision"
Learn 3 new characters for "can/will/meeting", "whole/complete", "to live"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 46-50.
Learn 3 new characters for "to move/ to transport/ luck", "to move", "to help"
Learn 3 new characters for "the present/ today", "cold", "clean"
Learn 3 new characters for "place/side", "to put/place", "room/house"
Learn 3 new characters for "first/before", "to wash", "back/behind/last/later/after"
Learn 3 new characters for "empty suffix/prefix", "to close/ to turn off/ to concern", "to give/ to see off/ to deliver"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 51-55.
Learn 3 new characters for "self", "to rest", "way/path/road"
Learn 3 new characters for "forget", "busy", "scared/afraid/fear"
Learn 3 new characters for "yesterday", "how", "work"
Learn 3 new characters for "to play", "far", "whole/complete/finish"
Learn 3 new characters for "correct/opposite/treat/toward", "time", "pass/cross/spend (verb suffix)"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 56-60.
Learn 3 new characters for "walk/leave/go", "get up/ rise", "to be"
Learn 3 new characters for "place/location", "empty/sky/free time", "to wear/ to put on"
Learn 3 new characters for "to eat", "listen/obey/can(as a measure word)", "to sing"
Learn 3 new characters for "bar", "grasp/grab", "dad"
Learn 3 new characters for "book/writing", "wrap/bag", "to run/to run away"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 61-65.
Learn 3 new characters for "to say/speak/talk", "speech/words/language/dialect", "to remember/to write down/record"
Learn 3 new characters for "to study/learn", "to feel/sense/sleep", "to love"
Learn 3 new characters for "two", "net/web", "meat/flesh"
Learn 3 new characters for "country/nation/kingdom", "west", "alcohol"
Learn 3 new characters for "to drink", "thirsty", "most"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 66-70.
Learn 3 new characters for "handsome", "teacher/master", "strap/belt/ to take/bring/ to lead/guide"
Learn 3 new characters for "relatives / dear/ to kiss", "new", "n/a"
Learn 3 new characters for "with/and", "very", "must/have to"
Learn 3 new characters for "old", "the person who or the thing which (often used in job titles)", "all/both"
Learn 3 new characters for "tea", "vegetable/dish/food", "hero/Britain"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 71-75.
Learn 3 new characters for "to sit/to travel by", "again", "heavy/weight"
Learn 3 new characters for "number (in a series)/day/size", "chicken", "ground/field"
Learn 3 new characters for "to be/ to work as (some position/role)", "thing/matter/trouble", "okay/ go/walk"
Learn 3 new characters for "type/kind/ model/sample", "beautiful", "poor/bad/ be short of/ off by"
Learn 3 new characters for "to wait/ class/level/ etc.", "ordinal number prefix", "smile/laugh/laugh at"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 76-80.
Learn 3 new characters for "expensive", "money", "wrong/ mistake (n)"
Learn 3 new characters for "to do/ to make", "convenient/ cheap", "even more"
Learn 3 new characters for "male", "to connect/ relate/ academic department/ to fasten/tie", "tired/tiring"
Learn 3 new characters for "just", "to arrive/ to", "other/ don't"
Learn 3 new characters for "period (of time)/ phase", "brain", "clothes"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 81-85.
Learn 3 new characters for "peace(ful)/ safe", "family/ home/ suffix used with titles", "to help"
Learn 3 new characters for "to want", "ticket", "pretty"
Learn 3 new characters for "front/ before", "can/ able to", "some/ few/ a little"
Learn 3 new characters for "tall/high", "bright", "common/often"
Learn 3 new characters for "rain", "need", "face/side/ noodles (wheat flour)"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 86-90.
Learn 3 new characters for "child", "should/ ought to", "please/ invite/ request"
Learn 3 new characters for "to let/ to allow/ to make", "body", "to thank/ surname"
Learn 3 new characters for "to give", "to know/ knowledge", "time/ to wait/ condition"
Learn 3 new characters for "slow", "fast/quick", and "piece"
Learn 3 new characters for "to think", "star/planet", "ball/sphere"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 91-95.
Learn 3 new characters for "cooked rice/food/ meal", "hungry", "ill(ness)/ sick(ness)"
Learn 3 new characters for "to look/ to see/ to read/ to watch", "to think (about)/ want to/ would like to/to miss", "meaning"
Learn 3 new characters for "week/ surname", "same/ together", "south"
Learn 3 new characters for "late/evening", "exactly/then/just/only/early", and "to feel/sense".
Learn 3 new characters for "to sleep", "who", "difficult/hard/unpleasant"
This review lesson will test your knowledge of the characters covered in lessons 96-100.

Comprehensive Review 1 (Part 1 of 2) will begin to test what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!

Comprehensive Review 1 (Part 2 of 2) will test what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!

Comprehensive Review 2 (Part 1 of 2) will test what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!

Comprehensive Review 2 (Part 2 of 2) will test what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!

Comprehensive Review 3 (Part 1 of 2) will continue testing what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!

Comprehensive Review 3 (Part 2 of 2) will continue testing what you've learned throughout the YOYO 300 course!