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Stepping Stones Lesson One

Mountains and Stairs

The first lesson in the Stepping Stones series uses a short, simple rhyming poem to introduce basic numbers and directions. If you don't understand a single character, don't worry--that's what this lesson is for!

                             上 山, 下 楼

                        一 二 三, 上 东 山,

                        四 五 六, 下 西 楼.

                        七 八 九, 向 南 走,

                        十 个 人, 进 北 门.

To study this lesson, just follow the seven numbered steps in the Study Guide below. Click on the link for each step to find everything you'll need.

Study Guide:

1. Audio immersion - Familiarize yourself with the sound of the poem

2. Audio practice - Learn to recite the poem, one line at a time

3. Vocabulary study - Learn the sound and meaning of each character and how it is written

4. Vocabulary review - Test yourself on the characters you've learned

6. Reading practice - Read the poem in Chinese (you can do this!)

7. Exercises - Apply what you've learned

Once you have completed all of these steps and you can read the poem comfortably, you are ready to go on to the next lesson. (Lesson 2 | Stepping Stones Home)