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Each Medlock Method Chinese Unit contains 3 lessons which are usually 22 ½ minutes long (early lesson shorter). With occasional use of the pause button learners typically find they need around 30 minutes to complete a lesson.

Available courses

Medlock Method Basic Chinese 1 - Units 1 to 10 (30 lessons)
Medlock Method Basic Chinese 2 - Units 11 to 20 (30 lessons)
Medlock Method Basic Chinese 3 - Units 21 to 30 (30 lessons)
Supplementary Level 1 (10 lessons)


In the Part 1 of Medlock Method Basic Chinese you will learn:

1.1 Basic greetings
  1. saying hello
  2. how are you?
  3. some family members
  4. ‘also’
  5. good-bye
1.2 Talking about being busy
  1. siblings
  2. ‘both’ and ‘all’
  3. pronouns: singular and plural
  4. what about…..
1.3 More greetings
  1. thank you
  2. good morning/ good afternoon/ good evening
2.1 Asking if someone is busy at work and if he is healthy
  1. work; busy at work?
  2. body; how is your parents health?
  3. ‘too’, ‘not too’, ‘all not too’
2.2 Talking about work being busy or much; Chinese being difficult or not
  1. much/ little; quite a lot/ quite a few/ not much/ not many
  2. languages: Chinese/ Spanish/ English/ German/ French…..
  3. difficult/ not too difficult
2.3 Giving opinions what is easy and what is difficult
      Giving reason why you are tired
  1. difficult v.s. easy
  2. tired
  3. because
  4. giving contrary opinions
3.1 What day is today?
  1. numbers 1-10
  2. days of the week
3.2 What’s the date today?
  1. numbers 11 - 100
  2. months of the year
3.3 What time is it?
  1. time / o’clock/ minute
  2. to tell the time e.g. ‘5 to 7’
  3. It’s time to do…..
  4. ‘to go’ / ‘ to get up’
4.1 Date/ week day/ birthday/ New Year/ Age
  1. Happy New Year!
  2. Happy birthday!
  3. When is your birthday? On what day?
  4. How old are you this year.
  5. today/ tomorrow
4.2 Strengthening the time, date and actions
  1. It’s time to go to school/ go to work/ go to bed/ go home
  2. half past ….. (time), a quarter (time)
4.3 Self introduction
  1. My name is ….
  2. surname
  3. What’s your (honorable) name?
  4. same age
5.1 Small talk/ talking about having children
  1. Are you married?
  2. Have you got any children?
  3. one is ….., the other one is …..
  4. How old is yours?
5.2 Running into an acquaintance on the street and asking how each other’s spouse is doing;
      Inviting each other’s family
  1. long time no see!
  2. husband/ wife
  3. different ways of saying ‘not bad’
  4. 呢’used to expressed ‘where’ as well as ‘ how/ what about’
  5. having free time/ coming to visit us
5.3 Asking if someone is in the office
  1. to be in ‘在’
  2. the use of ‘should’
  3. having a class
  4. the use of ‘therefore’
6.1 Learning languages
  1. easy or difficult to learn a language
          ‘好’is used to express ‘easy’ to do something
          ‘难’is used to express ‘difficult’ to do something
  2. where are you learning Chinese?
  3. the difference of ‘在’ and ‘去’
  4. the sentence pattern: to be somewhere or to go somewhere to do something
6.2 Review of ‘tired’ and ‘because’;
      Isn’t it Sunday today? Why did you go to work?
  1. the use of ‘must’
  2. the introduction of and for perfect tense
  3. single/ not married
  4. the use of and 没有 (have/ haven’t)
6.3 Introducing a friend to your manager
  1. formal introduction
  2. politeness and formalities
  3. declining an offer (coffee/ tea/ water)
7. Go to where to do what
  1. locations: post office/ bank/ home/ supermarket
  2. actions: to post a letter/ post a parcel/ change money/ withdraw money/ go home/ watch TV/ buy groceries/ buy beer
7.2 Asking a friend if he has time and asking him out for a movie
  1. Are you free ……. ?
  2. to express when is free and when is not
  3. What’s the business/ matter?
  4. Let’s ……?
  5. What kind of movie …..
  6. the useful expressions: your treat/ no problem/ picking up…..
7.3 A friend asking you out but you cannot because it is your father-in-law’s birthday. He is coming for dinner.
  1. Where are you going?
  2. trying to make an appointment/ asking a friend out
  3. talking about schedule
  4. the day after tomorrow
  5. the use of ‘当’ (to be as)
8.1 Asking a friend out again; giving reasons why the invitation is declined
  1. having days off
  2. how come……
  3. weekend
  4. no way/ nothing can be done
  5. to be like someone
  6. in this case…..
  7. to earn a living
8.2 Strengthening the use of who, which, where, what and whose
  1. nationalities/ countriesChina, USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain
  2. cities: Beijing, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, New York, Washington DC
  3. magazines, newspaper, manga….
  4. possession
8.3 Introducing the use of ‘how’
  1. what’s the matter? Feeling sick/ having a cold.
  2. how to get somewhere
  3. what should be done now?
  4. how do you find something (e.g. the book) or someone (e.g. my boyfriend/ girlfriend)
  5. some adjectives to describe people
  6. how do you say …..?
9.1 Using ‘wh-‘ and ‘how’ in a real and practical small talk: talking about a Chinese teacher who teaches spoken Chinese.
  1. to speak/ to write
  2. no wonder….
  3. so good
  4. why are you going ‘ somewhere’?
  5. It is O.K. but ….
  6. using ‘哪里 (where)’ when you hear a compliment to you
9.2 Talking about a new colleague and introducing her to your friend
  1. who is that person?
  2. don’t you know her?
  3. Let me introduce you.
  4. Nice to meet you/ How do you do (in formality)
9.3 Introducing two people and they try to get to know each other by asking about their families
  1. Who are in your family?
  2. How many siblings have you got?
  3. the use of (only, just)
  4. to live
  5. sentence pattern: location + action
10.1 Talking to a friend about where and what to eat for lunch
  1. rice/ noodles/ soup/ soda/ mineral water
  2. to eat/ to drink
  3. the use of as feel like/ would like (doing) something: + verb
  4. to like doing/ drinking/ eating ….
10.2 At a restaurant, discussing with a friend about what to eat and then do the order
  1. some kinds of rice: fried rice, plain rice….
  2. some kinds of noodles: friend noodles, noodle soup
  3. how to order
  4. introducing: plate/ bowl/ cup/ glass
  5. the use of as on top of that
10.3 Feeling like having 饺子 (dumplings) but they are not sold here so that arranging to make them at the friend’s tonight
  1. introducing more Chinese food
  2. how about…. Making a suggestion and then asking for agreement
  3. the use of ‘can/ to be able to’
  4. go and see, and then decide