Converse in Chinese with Confidence
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Converse in Chinese with Confidence

Learn the most used sentences and basic grammar to start talking in Chinese.
4.8 (13 ratings)
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Created by Josue Masson
Last updated 10/2016
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Produce simple sentences in Chinese for daily life.
  • Ask a variety of questions using different sentence structures.
  • Learn new words by yourself with the correct pronunciation
  • Read and write pinyin, a phonetic writing system used by native Chinese speakers when they start to learn Chinese at school.
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  • I recommend you obtain a notebook and a pen or pencil or a note-taking app so that you can take notes. This will enable you to review the information quickly and to use it when you meet a Chinese person.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Parts 3 – 6 will become available in the next few weeks

Learning a new language can be tough. You need to familiarize yourself with new patterns of speech, new ways of thinking, and many, many new words. Chinese is no different. However, the way many courses teach Chinese is ineffective, because they bog you down with the thousands of characters. This course aims to teach you to speak Chinese with confidence by focusing on real life usage of the language.

Get a Good Start in Oral Chinese through Active Practice

  • Learn basic vocabulary and sentences
  • Create your own sentences
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Recognize and avoid common pitfalls
  • Speak Chinese like a native speaker

Learn Chinese at your own pace with a selection of effective methods based on recent research in Linguistics and Neuroscience.

With over a billion speakers around the world, Chinese is the 21st century’s language to learn! This compact course provides an overview of the language and will give you the necessary skills you need to start speaking with confidence. It’s like a pocket knife—quick to master and with limitless uses.

The course is a combination of the most effective methods currently on the market. I have studied several courses and selected for you the best approaches to learn Chinese when I prepared the teaching material.

Contents and Course Overview

Part 1 and 2 is now available for you to access. Part 3 – 6 will become available in the next few weeks.


     Communicating in Chinese is relatively easy if you focus on oral practice first. In part 1, you will develop confidence in your ability to learn Chinese. You will learn common words and phrases and how to use them effectively.


     Reading Pinyin correctly with the proper tones is vital if you want to be understood. A bad pronunciation is very difficult to correct in later stages of the learning process.

     The second part of the course will teach you Pinyin. It may seem a little boring, but it will save you a huge amount of time in the future and will help you be understood by others.


     Question make up a large chunk of conversations. In part 3, you will learn how to ask common questions, such as when, where, who, what, and how, as well as yes-or-no questions such as “Have you been to the market today?”


     In this section, you will learn what to say in common situations. These include: going out for a meal, going shopping, and calling or emailing someone.


     Now that you have a solid foundation, you want to start making up your own sentences that are suited to your individual needs. In part 5, you will start to use different tenses and sentence structures.


     In the final part of this course, you will receive sound advice on how to continue from here. You will also get my list of recommended resources, as well as a verifiable certificate of completion.

By the end of the course, you will enjoy speaking Chinese. You will be confident that you can continue to progress in your new language. You will be able to create new sentences by yourself.  Most of all you will have started with the right pronunciation. This course will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for absolute beginners in the language. No previous knowledge is required. This course will provide a solid foundation for you to build on.
  • This course is designed for those who want to get a feel for Chinese and see whether they would enjoy learning it.
  • Those engaged in a formal curriculum will also get a good foundation for an accurate pronunciation.
  • If you can already speak Chinese fluently, then this course is not for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
First Words
12 Lectures 01:46:13

Have you ever wondered why many say Chinese is so hard to learn? We will see how Characters actually slow down your progress, and why this course can help you start speaking Chinese as quickly as possible.

Preview 01:22

What are some things you need to keep in mind while going through the course? How can you keep yourself motivated throughout? Find out the answers to these questions in our course guidebook. Highly recommended!

Course Guidebook

In this first lecture, we will learn common greetings in Chinese. Also, many of you probably don't speak much Chinese at this point. Fortunately, many Chinese people can speak a little English. So why not take advantage of that and ask them if they speak English? Then, you can continue your important discussion in a language you're comfortable in.

Preview 09:23

After you've said hello, you probably would like to know who you're talking to and introduce yourself. This is what we'll see in this lesson. 

When learning a new language, you will want to start creating your own sentences to say the different things you want to say. Because what each person wants to say is different, we want to know how to create our own words and sentences early on. So in lesson 2, we will create our first Chinese word from words that we already know. 

Preview 10:34

Often, when you meet someone who is not from your part of the world, you want to know where they're from. Today, that's what we're going to see. 

Because there are almost 200 different countries in the world today, we cannot possibly learn all their names. We will, however, learn the names of four countries: China, America, England(U.K.), and India.

Now that you're off to a good start, you might want to tell others that you can speak a little Chinese. But how are you supposed to say that? That's what we'll see in lesson 3 as well.

Where are You From?

What would we do without a phone, I wonder. They have become an important means of communication, and most of us have one. We're going to see how we can get a friend's phone number and how to give someone else our number.

Perhaps you've heard that although Chinese characters are hard to learn, Chinese grammar is quite easy. Today, you'll have your first taste of how easy Chinese grammar really is. We're going to create the possessive (i.e. my, your, his/her...) in Chinese.

Can I Get Your Phone Number?

Numbers, numbers, numbers. They're everywhere nowadays. You need them when buying stuff, when dialing a phone number, and when talking about how many of your friends were at Sunday night's party. They're so important that we're going to dive in right away with numbers 0 - 10.

Numbers 0-10

A review and self-check of the previous five lectures.

5 questions

You have learned how to introduce yourself and get the other person's phone number. Now it's time to use this knowledge in real life! 

That's what we'll do in this lecture and the next. You're going to step into the shoes of an American and a Chinese as they meet for the first time. Notice how the American man speaks with confidence. You can too! Just jump in his shoes, and START TALKING!

Preview 17:58

You started the conversation. You introduced yourself. You even managed to grab the other person's interest. Now what? How do you keep in touch and end the conversation on a positive note? 

Step into the shoes of an American man and a Chinese woman once again as they exchange contacts and say good bye. 

A Conversation with a Stranger -- Part 2

Review "A Conversation with a Stranger" Part 1 & 2.

Keeping in Touch
4 questions

You've lost your way. Again. You look around you trying to find a sympathetic person who you can approach for directions. You spot one person not far away that might be able to help. But you hesitate. Speaking to strangers was never your strong point.

Sometimes, approaching a stranger in the street can be very nerve-racking. However, knowing what to say can help a lot!

In this lesson, we're going to see how we can ask a question politely. Once you know these key phrases, you can go ahead and ask anyone for directions. No problem!

Preview 03:25

Have you ever been in a situation where the Chinese person you're talking with thinks your Chinese is perfect just from the few sentences you said and started speaking very fast thinking you could understand everything? Well, I have. In this kind of situation, it would be good to know how to tell the person that you don't understand and then ask him/her to repeat.

This is what we'll see in this lesson.

Useful Phrases: When You Don't Understand

Most of us probably eat out at least once a month. Have you been to a Chinese restaurant? If so, would you like to start ordering food in Chinese? 

Actually, you only need to know 6 phrases to be able to order food (actually it's possible with just 2, but to be comfortable, we'll stick with 6). We'll learn them here.

Useful Phrases: When Eating Out
First Steps
5 Lectures 26:43

Have you ever been lost in town? Probably most of those living in big cities have. Often, though, you can ask others around you for directions, and you quickly found your way back. 

But now, think of what would have happened if you didn't know the language! How would you ask for directions? How would you find yo way back? Well, don't worry! Because this lesson is all about asking for directions.

Where Is It? Part 1

Have you ever been lost in town? Probably most of those living in big cities have. Often, though, you can ask others around you for directions, and you quickly found your way back. 

But now, think of what would have happened if you didn't know the language! How would you ask for directions? How would you find yo way back? Well, don't worry! Because this lesson is all about asking for directions.

Where Is It? Part 2

Do you know him? Do you know if they're busy tomorrow? Do you know where this restaurant is? Do you know how we say do you know in Chinese? 

The verb know is a very useful word. Once you know it, you can ask many different questions. Today, we'll see how we can ask something if they know something or not.

Do You Know?

Do often go out to eat with your friends, workmates, or business acquaintances? Then this lesson is for you.

Learn how to ask them if they want to eat somewhere, and know how to answer.

I'd Like Something to Eat

The word "But" or "However" is a very important connection word, both in English, and in Chinese. In this lesson, we'll learn how to use it to say that you'd rather have something to drink.

I'd Like Something to Drink
Pronunciation and Tones
4 Lectures 41:55

Have you heard of the four tones? Many cringe when they get to learning them. "It's so difficult!" some say. "I'm tone deaf!" others say. Well, don't worry. Tones are not as hard as some would like you think. Follow along as you finally get how they should be said.

Four Tones and One

Ever heard of phonics? English and American kids learn phonics in kindergarten. It's a way to teach them how to pronounce syllables, words, and finally, entire sentences. Well, pinyin is the Chinese version of phonics.

Starting with this lecture and continuing on in the next several lessons, we're going to dive into the world of phonics, I mean, pinyin. You will learn how to pronounce letters, combination of letters, and finally, whole words and phrases. You will feel that you can indeed speak Chinese with confidence.

Consonants Part 1

In the last lecture, we saw the difference between aspirated and unaspirated consonants, and how we should pronounce the letters B, D, and G correctly. 

This time, we will learn what voiceless and voiced consonants are, and how they can help us be understood when we speak Chinese.

Consonants Part 2

You will be able to pronounce vowels accurately. You will be able to differentiate between how we pronounce them in Chinese and how we pronounce them in English.

Vowels are the cornerstone of correct pronunciation. Chinese has 6 vowels (yes, you heard that right, one more than English). You will learn how similar some are to their English counterparts, and how others are quite different. You will also master the special 6th vowel, ü, which is actually easier to say than you might initially think.

Growing Up
6 Lectures 01:41:11

"Timing is everything"; "Time is money". These phrases have become cliches in our language. But they bring out an important truth: time is very important. It is one of the only things you cannot get more of, and one of the only things you can control.

In this lesson, we are going to learn some words that describe a particular time, or period, such as the days of the week, and words for 'today', 'yesterday', and 'tomorrow'. Being able to use these words effectively will help you to make appointments and keep them (because you know WHEN you are supposed to meet with the other person).

Time Part 1

Time Part 2




Positional Words
Basic Sentence Structures
4 Lectures 55:19

After learning some basic sentences and the Pinyin system, it is time to dig deeper into how sentences are formed. This will enable you to be able to start forming your own sentences. This is one of the biggest steps in learning how to speak a foreign language. 

In this lesson, we will learn about the underlying sentence structure of most phrases in Chinese. Don't worry, its much simpler than you might think.

Preview 17:39

Now that we know the words to indicate time periods, we want to know where to put them in a sentence. Should we put them before or after the verb? This lesson will help you make yourself understood to others when speaking about time.

Time Placement

Tenses are an important part of most languages. They can tell you whether something has already happened and you can't do anything about it, or whether its in the future and still possible to change. Most important, they make your speech easy to understand. 

In Chinese, there are two words that are used to indicate tenses. You will learn them in this lesson, and you will also see where to put them in a sentence.


Places in a Sentence
7 Lectures 53:56

Now that we know how to form a simple statement, we can start to form basic questions. Unlike English, where you need to change the word order to form a question, Chinese's questions are much more straightforward. Step inside the shoes of a real translator as you learn how to use the structure we'll learn today in translating from English to Chinese.

Yes and No Questions Part 1

In this continuation of our Yes or No questions series, we will see another way that we can ask questions. We will also look as some pitfalls and exceptions that you need to know to use this type of questions correctly and effectively. 

Keep it up!

Yes and No Questions Part 2

Yes and No Answers

"Wh" Questions Structure

What? Questions

When? Questions

About the Instructor
Josue Masson
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I've always lived in Asia, and started to learn foreign languages very early. I began my journey with English, when I was just 2 years old, and then continued with Chinese when I was just 3 years old. I have been living in China for the past 8 years. Because of my fascination with the different languages, I wanted to become a language instructor. So I decided to study linguistics and applied neuroscience at the University of Science, Art, and Technology (U.K.). I obtained my Master degree in Education in 2015, and I have been teaching English and Chinese ever since.