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How to go from being an absolute beginner in Chinese to passing HSK6 without ever having a Chinese teacher
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Instructed by John Keating Language / Chinese
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course shows students how they can become fluent Chinese speakers and pass HSK exams through self-study.

  • Learn effective and efficient methods of studying Chinese without attending Chinese classes
  • Save yourself hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars by avoiding beginner mistakes many Chinese learners make
  • Identify the perfect first 3 months of Chinese study
  • Identify and prioritise the areas of Chinese that are most important to you
  • Recommendations on the most useful study resources for Chinese learners
  • An overview of the HSK exams from someone who has been through them
  • Make a faster and less painful route through HSK exams
  • Minimise preparation time for HSK exams
  • Learn how to make any native speaker your perfect teacher
  • Learn the benefits of language exchange sessions and how to perfect them
  • Around 5 hours of video
  • This course only uses video lectures
  • This course aims to be a guide that Chinese learners can return to at different stages of their language learning journey

The course is comprised of 31 lectures, of between 4 and 15 minutes, that range from getting started as a Chinese learner to how to prepare for and pass HSK level 6. If you are dissatisfied with the progress you have made in learning Chinese, with your experiences in Chinese classes or don't know how to become a confident Chinese user this course will set you on the right track.

What are the requirements?

  • The course is delivered through English, it gives basic, practical advice about how to improve one's Chinese through self-study and how to prepare for HSK exams.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work their way through the 6 levels of the HSK exam without teachers or Chinese classes
  • Find-out how to get off to the ground in Chinese learning
  • Prioritize what needs to be learned at which stage of the journey
  • Improve reading to the point that you are ready for the HSK6 exam
  • Make any native speaker or more advanced student your perfect teacher
  • Prepare for and pass all levels of the HSK test by yourself

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for those who have started to learn Chinese but are not satisfied with their progress
  • This course is not suitable for those who want to rely totally on teachers and Chinese classes to improve their Chinese
  • This course is suitable for those who want to progress quickly and efficiently in Chinese by relying mostly or solely on self-study
  • This course is probably not suited to students who are already very satisfied with their methods of self-study
  • This course is suited to students who are not sure how to progress in Chinese, and not sure how to make efficent use of their study time
  • This course is suited to those who would like some practical advice about preparing for and passing the HSK ibt tests, particularly levels 4, 5 and 6
  • This course is not suited to those who are looking for advice on improving their Chinese handwriting
  • This course is not suited to those who are looking for specific advice about tones
  • This course does not contain Chinese study materials, it only offers advice about which material is useful and how to make the best use of study materials

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Early Stages
Getting Started
Introduction to HSK Exams
Key Resources Class 1
Key Resources Class 2
Getting Started Reading
Section 2: Key Considerations
Why no teacher?
Why no teacher? (class 2)
What about handwriting?
What about tones?
Section 3: Speaking and The HSK Exam
The Role of Speaking in HSK Prep. Class 1
The Role of Speaking in HSK Prep. Class 2
The Role of Speaking in HSK Prep. Class 3

In this class I introduce the HSK Speaking Exam, which is separate from the main HSK exam.

Section 4: Listening
Listening Class1
Listening 2
Listening 3
Section 5: Getting Good at Reading
Improving Reading 1
Improving Reading 2
Advanced Reading
Section 6: Advanced Speaking / In Search of The Perfect Language Exchange
Who needs language exchanges?
What we need for a good language exchange
Language Exchange Do's and Don'ts
A sample process for an effective language exchange
Final Thoughts on Language Exchanges
Section 7: Attacking HSK
Levels 1&2
HSK3&4 Reading Checklist
HSK 4&5 Writing
HSK 4,5&6 Listening
HSK5&6 Reading
HSK 6 Reading
HSK 6 Writing

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Instructor Biography

John Keating, Language Coach and Examinations Consultant

I live and work in Shanghai and I have been in China for over 5 years. In that time I have been working as an English teacher, language coach and language examinations consultant. In school I studied Irish for 11 years and German for 5. I sucked! Like many people I felt I was just terrible at learning languages and felt as though it was something I could never do. After my first few months in China not bothering to learn more than a few words I decided to give language learning one last try. This time I did some research about language learning, tried a lot of different methods and stuck with the ones that worked. Since then language learning has become my favourite hobby. I can now speak Chinese and Spanish despite (or because of) the fact that I haven't attended language classes. I have already passed level 6, the highest level, of the HSK Chinese test for foreigners.

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