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Getting started with Chinese 1
Getting started with Chinese 1

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Week 2: Responding to greetings

Introduction

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Last week, you learnt how to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, ‘thanks’ and ‘not at all’ and practised a few Pinyin sounds with tones. This week, you will carry on learning how to respond to greetings and thanks, together with personal pronouns. At the same time, you will be introduced to more Pinyin sounds and numbers from 0 to 99. You might find learning Chinese numbers is relatively easy; as long as you have learnt numbers 1–10, you can easily count to 99. Whilst learning Pinyin sounds, you will also learn some Pinyin spelling conventions. It is important to know proper Pinyin spellings, as you might want to word-process Chinese characters later on and the Pinyin input method is the most popular way to do so.

In the quiz section, you will have the opportunity to test yourself on what has been covered in Week 2. In the final consolidation and extension section, you will continue to build your own language notebook and practise your reading and listening skills.