Chinese characters for beginners

Tell Chinese characters in the form of stories, making Chinese characters simple and interesting.
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Understand the origin of Chinese characters: Why were Chinese characters originally pictures?
To know the daily life of the ancient Chinese people reflected in the Chinese characters, their food, clothing, shelter, and even natural scenes.


  • Students who are Interested in Chinese learning or Chinese characters
  • Want to know more stories about Chinese characters


  • Why are Chinese characters like this? Since the beginning of learning Chinese, this question has attracted many people. We found that every time we teach a Chinese character, we have to explain its structure and its original form. We need to talk about the ins and outs of Chinese characters so that they become alive and easy to understand.

  • When we talk about the world from which Chinese characters come, talk about the lives of ancient Chinese people, their houses, lives, and the tools they used; when we talk about the natural scenes of these Chinese characters, the countryside, mountains and rivers, people will have a deeper understanding of Chinese characters and they will learn Chinese characters better.

  • After studying these courses, you will get some unexpected and interesting stories:

     Why is the word "good" composed of a "female" and a "child"? ;

     Why do Chinese eat more pork?

     Why is the Chinese character "male" related to pastoral life?

     Why did the ancient women stay at home and never go out?

  • After studying this series of courses, I believe you will no longer be afraid of Chinese characters. Facing this seemingly mysterious language, I believe you will be more confident and more capable of learning better.

Who this course is for:

  • Students who are interested in Chinese
  • Students who want to pass the HSK Chinese test

Course content

1 section8 lectures1h 2m total length
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The person and human beings
  • Chapter 2: Mountain and water
  • Chapter 3: Fields and farming
  • Chapter 4: Animals and domestic animals
  • Chapter 5: Weather
  • Chapter 6: Woman and house
  • Chapter 7: Composition of Chinese characters


Mandarin teacher
Zhu Siwen
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A professional teacher with a Diploma from Hubei University in TCFL(Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language). With this University Diploma, I am authorized and qualified to teach Chinese anywhere in the world.

I am a teacher with rich experiences.

I was invited to teach Chinese in Sao Paulo state university of Brazil for 1 YEAR.

During my tenure, I mainly taught Chinese courses at Sao Paulo state university, as well as Chinese culture courses and cultural activities.

I have a lot of teaching experience online and offline. I have taught students from Britain, the United States, France, Brazil, and many other countries, from children to adults.

My creative teaching materials--- Innovative Chinese character cards!
During my work in iPandarin, I have designed innovative Chinese character cards which can significantly reduce time needed to learn Chinese Character through visual memorisation.

This set of character cards cover more than 600 commonly used Chinese characters which meet the literacy requirements of different levels. And they are sold on Amazon.