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Intermediate Chinese I

The Intermediate Chinese series is designed for students who have successfully complete the Beginning Chinese course series at the Confucius Institute, or have taken Chinese for a minimum of one year. The course will continue to help students work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. Students starting with Intermediate I Chinese (if not previously studied with CIUMN) are expected to be able to sustain a short conversation prior to the beginning of this course. Students should also have a basic understanding of the Chinese character structure, know the key radicals and can recognize about 300 Chinese characters.

Student will continue to build their vocabulary and various sentence structures in this class. Functional tasks include talking about travel and main tourist spots in some Chinese cities, checking into hotels, making transportation plans, describing the process of making Chinese food, and making an appointment. Students will also learn to describe events in the past, present and future. There is no written homework, though the instructor may request additional time outside class or provide some oral assignments.

Students who complete this level and meet all of the requirements can pass HSK-level 2 at ease. Contact the Confucius Institute for more information about registration and preparation for HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Exam)

Characters: 200 (Cumulative ~550)

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Language objectives:

Information about the textbook
It is not necessary to purchase a textbook. All required materials will be distributed by the instructor 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 the HSK.

Placement Test

Not sure if Intermediate Chinese I is the right class for you? Complete 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.


Tuesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m.


$250 for each participant


University International Center, Room 125
331 17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414