Unconventional Chinese Beginner Curriculum

lesson 1: I like dog

shì (yes;is, am, are) 是

bù (not; no) 不

hǎo (good) 好

xǐ huān (to like) 喜欢

yǒu (have; has) 有

méi yǒu (don't have) 没有

yě (also) 也

gǒu (dog) 狗

māo (cat) 猫

hěn (very) 很

de (possessive particle) 的

hé (and, with) 和

dōu (both; all) 都



lesson 2: dad drinks water

在 zài (at, in, on)

觉得 jué de (to feel; to think)

想要 xiǎng yào (to want, to feel like)

喝 hē (to drink)

岁 suì (year old)

水 shuǐ (water)

可爱 kě ài (cute / lovely)

男孩 nán hái (boy)

女孩 nǚ hái (girl)

你 nǐ (you)

我 wǒ (I, me)

他/她/它 tā(he/she/it )

家 jiā (family, home)

厕所 cè suǒ (restroom)



lesson 3: what to eat today?

去 qù (to go)

吃 chī (to eat)

做 zuò (to do; make; be)

饭 fàn (meal, cooked rice)

菜 cài (dishes; cuisine)

做饭/做菜 zuò fàn/zuò cài (cook)

今天 jīn tiān (today)

昨天 zuó tiān (yesterday)

公园 gōng yuán (park)

饭店 fàn diàn (restaurant)

verb 了 action is complete

verb 过 have done

没有 didn't; haven't





lesson 4: awkward zoom meeting

听 tīng (to listen)

说 shuō (to say; to speak)

笑 xiào (to smile, to laugh)

哭 kū (cry)

跑 pǎo (to run)

有 yǒu - there is; there are

可以 kěyǐ (can, may)

好看 hǎokàn (good-looking)

好听 hǎo tīng (pleasant to hear )

好吃 hǎo chī (delicious)

好笑 hǎo xiào (funny )

大 dà (big)

小 xiǎo (small)

大哭 dà kū (to cry out loud)

大笑 dà xiào (laugh out loud)

大家 dà jiā (everybody)

男人 nán rén (man)

女人 nǚ rén (woman)

他们 tā men (they; them)

。。。叫什么名字? ...jiào shén me míng zì? ( what name is...?)



lesson 5: triangle love

zǒu | to walk 走

wén | smell 闻

wén qǐ lái xiāng | smell good 闻起来香

wén qǐ lái chòu | smell stinky 闻起来臭

pāi | pat;clap 拍

yǎo | bite 咬

dǎ | hit;beat 打

zhèng zài+verb | verb-ing; present progressive tense 正在

shǒu | hand 手

tóu | head 头

jiǎo | foot 脚

pì gǔ | butt 屁股

jiē shàng-on the street 街上

tài ... le | too adj 太。。。了

kàn | to look at (for a long time) 看

kàn dào | to see (for a second) 看到




lesson 6: daily report

年 nián (year)

月 yuè (month; the moon)

日 rì (day; the sun)

号 hào (date; day)

星期 xīngqī ( week;day of the week)

点 diǎn ( o'clock)

分 fēn (minute)

秒 fēn (second)

小时 xiǎo shí (hour)

早上 zǎo shàng (morning)

中午 zhōng wǔ (noon)

下午 xiàwǔ (afternoon)

晚上 wǎn shàng (evening, night)

夏天 xiàtiān (summer)

秋天 qiū tiān (autumn)

春天 chūntiān (spring)

冬天 dōng tiān (winter)

名字 míng zì (name)

岁 suì (years old)

晴天 qíng tiān (sunny day)

阴天 yīn tiān (cloudy day)

下雨天 xià yǔ tiān(rainy day )

下雪天 Xià xuě tiān (Snowy Day )

热 rè ( hot)

冷 lěng ( cold)

已经。。。了 yǐ jīng...le (already)

快到。。。了 kuài dào...le (almost)

礼拜 lǐ bài (day of the week; week)

周 zhōu (day of the week; week)

半 bàn (:30; half)



lesson 7: closet

dǎ kāi mén (open the door) 打开门

guān shàng mén (close the door ) 关上门

ná qǐ (pick up) 拿起

fàng xià (put down) 放下

tīng dào (hear; heard) 听到

yūn (dizzy; pass out) 晕

sǐ (die) 死

bú jiàn le (disappear) 不见了

yòu (again) 又

adj and adj 又adj又adj

měi (beautiful) 美

chǒu (ugly) 丑

hài pà (be scared) 害怕

xīng fèn (be excited) 兴奋

qíguài (weird) 奇怪

yī jià (hanger) 衣架

yī guì (closet) 衣柜

wá wa (doll) 娃娃

shēng yīn (voice; noise; sound) 声音

huì (will) 会

zǒu jìn (walk into) 走进



lesson 8: hobbies and interest

兴趣 xìng qù (hobbies; interests)

爱好 ài hào (hobbies)

有趣 yǒu qù (interesting)

对。。。有兴趣 duì ... yǒu xìng qù (to be interested in...)

开始 kāi shǐ (to start)

会 huì (can/know how to do a learned skill)

可以 kě yǐ (can/have the permission to do something)

最 zuì (most)

更 gèng (more)

不再。。。了 bú zài...le (no longer do sth)

v.o+v+了+time did something for ...(time)

v.o+v+了+time+了 have been doing something for ...(time)

读书 dú shū (to read; to attend school; to study)

看电影 kàn diàn yǐng(to watch movies)

玩电脑 wán diàn nǎo (to play on the computer)

唱歌 chàng gē (to sing)

跳舞 tiào wǔ (dance)

画画 huà huà (to draw, paint)

吃东西 chī dōng xī ( eat stuff )

旅游 lǚ yóu (to travel)

学习 xué xí (to study;to learn; learning)



lesson 9: dating life

谈恋爱 tán liàn ài (date)

分手 fēn shǒu (break up)

离开 lí kāi (leave)

知道 zhī dào (to know)

想 xiǎng (miss)

回来 huí lái (come back)

让 ràng (to let, allow, make)

。。。的时候 de shí hòu (when...)

。。。以前 yǐ qián (before; previous; ago)

。。。以后 yǐ hòu (after; later on; in the future)

结婚 jié hūn (get married)



Lesson 10:valentine's day gift

情人节 (qíng rén jié) Valentine's Day

买 mǎi (to buy)

找 zhǎo (look for; research)

给 gěi (to give)

送给 sòng gěi (to give a present)

跳绳 tiào shéng (to jump rope; the jumping rope)

礼物 lǐ wù (gift)

verb着 zhē

verb 1 着 verb 2 zhē

只 zhǐ (only; merely; just)

还 hái (also)

虽然。。。还是。。。 suī rán...hái shì... (although...still)

一起 yìqǐ (together)


Lesson 11:ladygaga's meat dress

lái zì (come from) 来自

zhù (to live) 住

chū shēng (born) 出生

gōng zuò (work) 工作

wán (play; hang out) 玩

chuān - to wear (clothes, shoes, socks) 穿

dài (wear accessory) 戴

ná (grab; hold) 拿

yī fu (clothes) 衣服

kù zi (pants) 裤子

qún zi (dress) 裙子

mào zi (hat) 帽子

shǒu shì (jewelry) 首饰

bāo bao (bag) 包包

ròu (meat) 肉

cháng (long) 长

duǎn (short) 短

shì ... de (emphasize when, where, how, who, with whom, ect) 是。。。的



lesson12: mama bear and baby bear


māma (mother) 妈妈

bǎo bao (baby) 宝宝

pá (to climb, crawl) 爬

pá shàng qù (climb up) 爬上去

diào (to fall, drop) 掉

diào xià lái (fall down) 掉下来

wǎng... pá (climb towards) 往。。。爬

děng (wait for) 等

dān xīn (to be worried;to worry) 担心

hài pà ( be afraid; to fear) 害怕

jǐn zhāng (nervous) 紧张

shàng miàn (on top of, above) 上面

xià miàn (below) 下面

zuǒ biān (left side) 左边

yòu biān (right side) 右边

qián miàn (ahead; in front of) 前面

hòu miàn (behind) 后面

lǐ miàn (inside, within) 里面

wài miàn (outside) 外面

zhōng jiān ( middle; center) 中间

a is at the ... of b a在b的+location

xióng (bear) 熊

bāng (help) 帮

zhī (measure word for animals) 只



lesson 13: Pig Ormie

è le (hungry) 饿了

bǐn gān (cookies) 饼干

xiǎng (to think) 想

bàn fǎ (solution; method) 办法

chī dào (manage to eat) 吃到

zǒu dào...nà lǐ (walk to ... there) 走到。。。那里

pǎo dào...nà lǐ (run to ... there) 跑到。。。那里

pá dào...nà lǐ (climb/crawl to ... there) 爬到。。。那里

tiào dào...nà lǐ (jump to ... there) 跳到。。。那里

fēi dào...nà lǐ (fly to...there) 飞到。。。那里

pàng (fat, chubby) 胖

shòu (slim) 瘦

gāo (tall; high) 高

dī (low) 低

dé Verb 得 adv

bīng xiāng (refridgerator) 冰箱




lesson 14:amy and her dog

拍照 pāi zhào (to take a picture)

拍视频 pāi shì píng (take a video)

告诉 gào sù (to tell)

拉 lā (drag; pull)

给。。。打电话 gěi...dǎ diàn huà (call sb)

一边。。。一边。。。 yì biān...yì biān... (doing a while doing b)

痛苦 tòng kǔ (painful)

被 bèi (passive voice)

action receiver +被 +(action giver)+verb passive voice sentence pattern

警察 jǐng chá (police)

而且 ér qiě (and; also - connect sentences)




lesson 15: the fridge that runs away

huài (adj. bad/broken) 坏

nòng huài (break; ruin) 弄坏

zhàn qǐ lái (stand up) 站起来

zuò xialai (sit down) 坐下来

wèn (to ask) 问

yǐ wéi (thought (mistakenly)) 以为

jiù ( old, used) 旧

xīn (new) 新

shāng diàn (shop) 商店

guǎng gào ( advertisement) 广告

shāng diàn (shop) 商店

lā jī zhàn (trash station) 垃圾站

fàng zi (house) 房子

diàn shì (TV) 电视

zhào piàn (photo) 照片

a bǎ b nòng huài le (a broke b) a把b弄坏了

b bèi a nòng huài le (b was broken by a) b被a弄坏了

xū yào (need) 需要



lesson 16: hug

希望 xīwàng (to hope)

打招呼 dǎ zhāo hu (to greet sb by word or action)

伤害 shāng hài ( to hurt mentally or physically)

受伤 shòu shāng (get hurt)

推 tuī (push)

愿意 yuànyì (be willing to)

把。。。放在 bǎ...fàng zài (put sth at sw)

拥抱 yōng bào (to hug;hold in the arms)

大声地 dà shēng de (loudly)

小声地 xiǎo shēng de (quietly)

胖胖的 pàng pàng de (chubby)

瘦瘦的 shòu shòu de (skinny)

学校 xúe xiào (school)

学生 xué shēng (student)

商店 shāng diàn (store)

医院 yī yuán (hospital)

校车 xiào chē (school bus)

橙色 chéng sè (orange)

失望 shī wàng (disappointed)



lesson 17: China's richest woman-part 1

首富 shǒu fù (rishest person)

废纸 fèi zhǐ ( waste paper)

女王 nǚ wáng (queen)

做生意 zuò shēng yì (run a business)

创业 chuàng yè (v. to start a business; n. entrepreneurship)

卖 mài (sell)

回收 huí shōu (recycle)

做 zuò (be a profession; role)

到 dào (arrive;to; manage to do)

穷 qióng (poor)

富 fù (rich)

会计 kuài jì (accountant)

最 zuì (most)

更 gèng (even)

第+number dì (number ...; ...th)

才 cái (as late as; not...until)

就 jiù (as early as)

a比b更adj a is b more adj than(a bǐ b gèng adj)

出差 chū chāi (travel for business)



leeson 17: China's richest woman- part 2


越来越adj yuè lái yuè (more and more )

缺 quē (to lack )

发现 fā xiàn (to find, discover)

赚钱 zhuàn qián (to earn money)

搬到 move to (bān dào)

用 yòng (to use)

加 jiā ( to add)

开公司 kāi gōng sī (to start a company)

seller 把 product 卖给 buyer bǎ...mài gěi (sell to)

lesson 18: grandpa's christmas gift

圣诞节 shèng dàn jié (Christmas)

树 shù (tree)

举 jǔ (to lift; to raise)

举铁 jǔ tiě (lift weight)

把。。。举起来 bǎ...jǔ qǐ lái (lift something up)

起床 qǐ chuáng (get up)

能 néng (can; be able to)

邻居 lín jū (neighbor)

孙女 sūn nǚ (granddaughter )

女儿 nǚ ér (daughter)

容易 róng yì (easy)

吃力 Chī lì (strenuous, painstaking)

潮 cháo (stylish)

土 tǔ (out of style)

verb +得 + adj/adv verb + 得 + compliment(result or potential)

已经...了 yǐ jīng...le (already did sth)



lesson 19: the generous cat

给。。。买 gěi...mǎi (buy sth for sb)

认识 know (in person)

来 lái (come)

继续 jì xù (continue)

出 chū (out)

鱼 yú (fish)

公寓 gōng yù (apartment)

不但。。。而且 bú dàn...ér qiě(not only...but also)

终于 zhōng yú (finally)

于是 yú shì (thus;consequencely)

好+adj/verb hǎo+adj/verb (very)

楼 lóu (building; floor)

大方 dà fāng (generous)



lesson 20: ask for directions

...怎么走? zěn me zǒu (how to get to the......?)

离 lí (from)

从...到 cóng...dào (from...to)

向...走 xiàng...zǒu (walk to...)

坐车 zuò chē (ride/take a car)

打车/的 dǎ chē/di (take a taxi)

开车 kāi chē (drive a car)

远 yuǎn (far)

近 jìn (close)

地铁 dì tiě (subway)

火车 huǒ chē (train)

公共汽车 gōng gòng qì chē (public bus)

飞机 fēi jī (airplane)

站 zhàn (stop/station)

机场 jī chǎng (airport)

sub + (有)多 + Adj ? (yǒu) duō? (asking about the degree)




lesson 21: david, no!

行 xíng (all right, O.K., can)

回去 huí qù (go back)

洗澡 xǐ zǎo (shower)

不要 bú yào (don't )

挖 wā (dig)

躺下来 tǎng xià lái (lie down )

把。。。收好 bǎ... shōu hǎo (straighten...up)

乱 luàn (messy)

食物 shí wù (food)

乖 guāi (obedient; well-behaved)

脏 zāng (dirty)

房间 fáng jiān (room)

屋子 wū zi (house)

玩具 wán jù (toy)

快 do sth Imperative sentence- do sth quickly!

不可以 + do sth! Imperative sentence-don't do sth!

不行! Imperative sentence-No!

不要+verb! Imperative sentence-don't do sth!





lesson 22: it’s my treat today

点 to order (diǎn)

点菜 to order food (diǎn cài )

菜单 menu (càidān )

买单 pay the restaurant bill(mǎi dān)

一共 altogether (yí gòng)

一共多少钱? How much in total? (yí gòng duō shǎo qián)

服务员 waiter, waitress (fú wù yuán )

先生 mr. (xiān shēng)

小费 xiǎofèi (tip)

现金 xiàn jīn (cash)

刷卡 shuā kǎ (swipe card)

请客 qǐng kè (invite someone for a meal and pay for it)

酸 suān (sour)

甜 tián (sweet)

苦 kǔ (bitter; hardship)

辣 là (spicy)

咸 xián (salty)

对。。。过敏 duì ... guò mǐn (be allergic to...)

外卖 wài mài (take out)

吃素 chī sù (eat vegetarian food; be vegetarian)

请 qǐng (invite)

再 zài ( future again)

又 yòu (past again)



lesson 23: seeing a doctor

生病 shēng bìng- got sick

痛 tòng - ache;hurt

让 ràng - make; let; allow

得 děi - have to; need to

别 bié - don't

没事(儿) méi shì(r) - it's ok; no problem

有问题 yǒu wèn tí - there's a problem; Something is wrong

舒服 shū fu - comfortable

健康 jiàn kāng - healthy

贵 guì - expensive

便宜 pián yì - cheap

药 yào - medicine

医院 yī yuàn - hospital

医生 yī shēng - doctor

次 cì - (number of) times

东西 vs 事情 dōng xī v.s. shì qíng - stuff v.s. incident



lesson 24: David causes troubles

惹 rě (provoke; cause)

麻烦 má fan (trouble)

惹麻烦 rě má fan (cause trouble)

必须 bì xū (must)

忘了 wàng le (forget)

忍不住 rěn bú zhù (can't help)

受不了 shòu bù liǎo (can't stand)

干 gàn (do)

骂人 mà rén (scold/insult people)

滑 huá (slip; slide)

故意 gù yì (on purpose)

这样 zhè yàng (this way)

对不起 duì bù qǐ (sorry)

错 cuò (wrong;mistake)

窗户 chuān hù (window)

作业 zuò yè (homework)

就(是) jiù shì (emphasis; just)


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