Ni Hao 1 is the first level in the series and is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is suited to upper primary or junior high school students.
Chinese characters are used extensively throughout the text and are accompanied by Pinyin, which acts as a pronunciation guide. Pinyin is gradually omitted as students become familiar with the characters and vocabulary.
Ni Hao 1 teaches the pronunciation skills and introduces common characters, simple phrases and sentence patterns that are needed for communicating in basic, practical situations. Grammatical structures are explained clearly and are accompanied by many examples of how to use them correctly. Background information on relevant cultural topics are also included to strengthen students' understanding of the language.
This level is also quite suitable for adults who have no prior knowledge of the language and are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese.
Ni Hao 1 introduces more than 280 words and phrases, and provides 84 characters to learn to write.
Topics includeo about China (country, language, writing, pronunciation)
The Ni Hao teachers handbooks
The teacher's handbook contains a general information section and a reproducible section.
The general information section provides explanations lesson by lesson and includes notes on the textbook and the workbook. It provides the materials for the listening exercise in the workbook and answers to the workbook questions. A variety of learning activities are suggested.
Some of the activities require specially designed worksheets. These are included in the blackline masters section. The teacher can photocopy these worksheets for class use. Some activities require small game cards or flashcards which can also be produced using the materials in the second part of the blackline masters section. There are the "phrases & pictures" and the "characters" in the second part of the blackline masters section. Both can be reduced to make small game cards or enlarged to make flashcards.
Level 1: Introductory Level
Level 2: Elementary Level
Level 3: Intermediate Level
Level 4: Advanced Level
Level 5: Higher Advanced Level