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Beginning Chinese III

Beginning Chinese III allows students who successfully completed Beginning Chinese II at the Confucius Institute, or those at a similar level, to continue to work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. Students starting with Beginning III Chinese (if not previously studied with CIUMN) should have a basic understanding of the Chinese character structure and basic radicals and can recognize about 200 Chinese characters.  

This course will further help students to build their foundations in daily topics while increasing vocabulary and new grammatical structures. Students will talk about weather, health, directions, sports games and study of Chinese. By the end of the session, students will be able to exchange a short conversation on the topics above, and describe in depth about their Chinese study.

Students who complete this level and meet all of the requirements can pass HSK-level 1 at ease. Contact the Confucius Institute for more information about registration and preparation for HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Exam)

Characters: 175 (Cumulative ~450).

Communicative objectives:

Language objectives:

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

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

Placement Test

Not sure if Beginning Chinese III is for you? Take our placement test and send it in. One of our instructors will assess your results 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