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Learn Chinese for Beginners: Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge (Week 5)


There are many steps on the learning journey. While your dream might be 'fluency', it's important to set short term goals too! 

Learning how to introduce yourself, learning how to talk about your likes and dislikes, learning your first 10 Chinese characters - these are all goals you can set for yourself and achieve in a short period of time, and feel motivated by your progress. 

And of course, you can set goals to study every day for one week, for one month, and so on! Our Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge is designed to help keep you on track!

If you missed any of this week's lessons, or are just now finding out about the series, it's not too late to join in!

Start studying Chinese with short, simple videos and you'll start to believe you really CAN learn to speak Chinese!

  • Watch Week 1 lessons and download lecture notes here.
  • Watch Week 2 lessons and download lecture notes here.
  • Watch Week 3 lessons and download lecture notes here.
  • Watch Week 4 lessons and download lecture notes here.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel for next week's lessons. 

Now let's take a look at all 5 lessons from Week 5. You can download the Week 5 lecture notes here.

*TIP: In the Lecture Notes pdfs, scroll down to the bottom for links to relevant lessons in our courses. These lessons include flashcards, quizzes, and audio review mp3s to help you practice what you've learned!

Week 5 Lessons

Day 1

Today's phrase is about something I think almost EVERYONE loves doing! Watch this video, and in under 3 minutes learn how to say something new in Chinese!

Day 2

In today's lesson, we'll take what you learned yesterday and show you how to turn it into a super useful question. This is definitely one you can try asking your Chinese friends!

Day 3

Today we'll introduce two super useful new words. 

As always, Wei Wei 老师 (lǎo shī) - teacher - will help make sure you can pronounce these words correctly. 

She also explains an interesting tone change that happens with the word 不 (bù) - no/not - to help you can avoid a common mistake.

Day 4

I have to admit: we're taking BIG steps this week in our Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge! Today is no exception! You'll learn 2 new important vocabulary words, and a new sentence pattern you're going to use *all the time!* 

Wei Wei also explains how you know when the word 爱 (ài) means “love" and when it means "like".  It's the kind of explanation you won't find in most Mandarin resources, but is SO helpful in real conversations. 

Day 5 - Review

CONGRATULATIONS on finishing another BIG week of our Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge! 

I hope our Friday Review Lessons are like a fun celebration of everything you've learned this week.

Week 5 Lecture Notes

Download this Lecture Notes pdf for a breakdown of the vocabulary and phrases in English, pinyin, and 汉字 (hàn zì)

Scroll down to the bottom of the Lecture Notes pdfs for links to relevant lessons in our courses. These lessons include flashcards, quizzes, and audio review mp3s to help you practice what you've learned!

Join Our Month 1 Contest and WIN!

Want a chance to show off your new Chinese skills? Want a chance to win our Beginner Conversational Course for FREE?? Join our Phrase of the Day Month 1 Contest!

All you need to do is make a short video introducing yourself in Chinese using as many phrases from Weeks 1-4 of our Chinese Phrase of the Day lessons as you can. It's that simple!

The deadline to submit your video is Monday, so don't wait! Click here for more details!

Subscribe for Next Week's Lessons

The Phrase of the Day Challenge is an easy, painless way to take your first steps learning Mandarin. Just hearing yourself saying a simple sentence in Chinese can be incredibly motivating.

We'll add these blog posts at the end of each week with the lessons, but you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the videos each day as we upload them:

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