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Beginning Chinese II

Beginning Chinese II allows students who have successfully completed Beginning Chinese I at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, will continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. Students starting with Beginning II Chinese (if not previously studied at CIUMN) should have a basic understanding of the Chinese character structure and basic radicals.

This course continues to build foundations in daily topics and will enable students to learn useful numerals such as time and money, discuss hobbies, scheduling and future plans. Functional communicative tasks such as shopping and ordering food is will also be covered. By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate simple requests in shops and restaurants, and give a basic description of one’s schedule and plans.

There is no written homework, though the instructor may request additional time outside class or provide some oral assignments.

Characters: 300 (cumulative)

Communicative objectives:

Language objectives:

Information about the textbook
It is not necessary to purchase a textbook. Instructors will distribute all necessary materials in class.

*The HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers and is conducted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota twice yearly. Learn more about HSK testing at the Confucius Institute.

Placement Test

Not sure if you're ready for Beginning Chinese II? Complete our placement test and send it in. One of our instructors will assess your level and help you choose the class best suited to your abilities.


Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m.


$250 for each participant


University International Center
331 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414