This page is aimed at beginners who have been learning individual characters and feel ready to move onto sentences.
If you find that you are unable to understand the Chinese on these pages then consider using an app to memorize some of the most commonly encountered Chinese characters. Once you know a few hundred characters then the beginner reading should be a lot easier.
Don’t forget, you can mouse-over the Chinese to see the pinyin and translation.
Useful Sentences for beginners
Some basic sentences for beginners. Useful for people who are new to China!
6 beginner sentences using time – 6 sentences involving times with brief explanations of each sentence.
6 beginner sentences about shopping – Want to go shopping? Learn a few basic sentences here.
6 questions to start conversations – Here are 6 simple Chinese questions you can use to surprise your friends by showing interest in their lives!
Chinese Stories for Beginners
If you find these Chinese stories a little difficult (and some of them are certainly a bit tricky) then don’t panic. Work your way through them slowly and do not be afraid to ask questions in the comments. It is hard to find Chinese stories suitable for beginners as stories for children tend to contain a lot of colorful, whimsical language that is actually quite confusing rather than helpful.
Children’s Day Concert – A short text about a choir of birds. Most of it is basic with no complicated sentence structures. Be sure to listen to the voice recording!
The Baby Swallows – Another short passage about a father and son who find a nest of swallows. There are a lot of different characters to be learnt in this passage.
Use your hands, not your eyes – A small story with some great words and phrases for people new to learning Chinese.
Interesting Weather – A nice introduction to some different types of weather. Some of the sentence structures are a little confusing, remember to hover over the Chinese characters to see pinyin and a translation.
Our Geese Have Gone – The blurb of a book written for Chinese learners. Features very simple sentence structure and lots of repetition.
Chinese Dialogues for beginners
Dialogues are a great way to learn new sentences and pick up useful sentences/vocabulary to be used in your daily life.
Where is the nearest ATM? – A short dialogue between two people asking about the nearest ATM and other places. Very useful Chinese.
Can you check my paper? – A dialogue between a mother and a son. Some easy sentence structures to be learnt along with a few new words.
My car has a problem – A very polite conversation between what I presume is a mechanic and a motorist.
Want to recommend some Chinese reading?
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