Spoken Chinese Language Courses

Focus on improving your language fluency for daily conversations

Finished HSK4 or HSK5? Continue learning with GoEast’s Spoken Language Courses.

About GoEast’s Spoken Chinese language courses

Our Spoken Chinese courses focus on contemporary life and spoken language. They’re perfect if you already know a lot of words and grammar from HSK1 to HSK4, sentences you can understand when you hear them — but here we focus on making you use them yourself in a more natural way, and adding more sentences in the mix to make you sound more natural.

Topics include:

  • Words to use during transport such as high-speed trains, airplanes, cars and bicycles
  • Online and offline shopping, including delivery time and returning products
  • Sports and hobbies, or discussing favourite books or artworks
  • Talking at the office, such as scheduling meetings and job interviews

Spoken Language versus HSK courses

  • One thing we find is that HSK5 & HSK6 are filled with formal written language, including Confucius and Laozi, and not everything is applicable during daily life (unless you talk a lot about philosophy, that is).

    Our Spoken Language courses also have textbooks, but the contents are filled with daily conversations about picking up people from the airport, riding bicycles and anything that can be used for day-to-day talk.

  • Chinese Spoken Course book

    The Intermediate & Advanced  course books (left) from the Spoken Chinese Language course about buying products and riding bicycles.

    On the right: HSK5 book with a text about the poet Lu Xun and the HSK6 book with a text about relics.

  • We’re not here to bash HSK, because there’s nothing really wrong with the HSK5 & HSK6 books. But starting from HSK5, many students lose enthusiasm and stop, which is a great pity. Such students often find the Spoken Language Courses not only more enjoyable to learn, they’re also more closer to their learning goals and ambitions. Since the HSK5 and HSK6 books take around 550 class hours to complete, it’s worth considering other options too.

Spoken versus HSK

Deciding between Spoken or HSK isn’t really a matter of difficulty. If you finish the Intermediate Spoken Course, you’re halfway HSK5 in terms of vocabulary and you can always continue that way after it.

More so, it’s a choice between casual versus formal, conversational versus written language.

HSK course

When to choose Spoken Language courses

  • You want to make the words and grammar structures you already know part of your natural speech, and improve the variety of spoken words
  • You want to be better at speaking Chinese in every day conversations and sound more fluent and spontaneous

When to continue with the HSK books instead

  • You want to focus on written Chinese and improve your reading and writing ability
  • You want to focus on speaking in formal language in official or business situations
  • You want to complete the official HSK5 or HSK6 exam, for instance for a university entrance or a visa requirement
  • You want to study Chinese language as a linguistic or translator or historian
Learning materials

Our courses use the books from the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. These books have been developed and updated for more than 10 years.

When you start the course, you’re advised to buy these books yourself to self-study, but during the class, digital versions of the book

On top of the books, we have corresponding PPT’s, flashcards, exercises and other materials, in-house developed by GoEast’s curriculum designers.

Chinese spoken language books

Learning materials

Our courses use the books from the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. These books have been developed and updated for more than 10 years.

On top of the books, we have corresponding PPT’s, flashcards, exercises and other materials, in-house developed by GoEast’s curriculum designers.

Chinese spoken language books

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  • If the times and schedule is agreed with by you, you’ll receive a payment link
  • Upon payment, we’ll create an account for you lesson scheduling, and your books will be send to you
  • Then the learning starts!

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