Chinese Stories for Language Learners – Starter Level (HSK 1, HSK 2)

Buy on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play Books, Barnes & Noble, or KOBO. Reading is one of the most effective and fun ways to learn Mandarin Chinese, but the biggest frustration has been finding the right level of reading materials that are not only appropriate but also engaging to keep reading and improving. We are here to provide the solution …

A Chinese Christmas Song with Lyrics (Chinese Character and Pinyin) Music Video 2023

Not your traditional Christmas song 🤭 with lyrics in Chinese characters pinyin for learners who are blessed with a singing voice 😎 To turn on the subtitles, simply press “C” to turn it on while you are on the YouTube page. Or click on the “CC” icon to turn on …

Hi, I am Li from China

Shan Shan – a Chinese girl who is about to have her life turned upside down, and she doesn't know yet.

With English Subtitles: 

How to Get the Most out of the Slow Chinese Stories Series

We recommend this story to students who have studied HSK 1, HSK 2, or at a starter level. 

If you enjoy learning Chinese through stories, then make sure to subscribe to AL Language Cafe and hit the bell notification. We publish free Chinese learning videos every Monday and/or Tuesday. We are always working hard behind the scenes to bring you fun and exciting stories to help you create an enjoyable learning journey. 

To make sure you get the most out of our Slow Chinese Stories series, we recommend the following studying method: 

  1. Listen to the story without looking at the screen. This helps you practice and improve your listening comprehension. 
  2. Listen to the story by looking at the pictures only. The pictures are complementary to the sentences on the screen. 
  3. Listen to the story by reading the pinyin and/or the Chinese characters. 
  4. Listen to the story by reading the translation to check your comprehension. 

Repetition is the key to mastering Chinese. Do not hesitate to re-listen to the stories. You will be surprised at how much more you understand every time you listen to it.

I Can’t Fall Asleep, You?

If you have trouble sleeping, you may be able to relate to our main character. If you don't, you can get a glimpse of how miserable our nights can be sometimes…

With English Subtitles: 

How to Get the Most out of the Slow Chinese Stories Series

We recommend this story to students who have studied HSK 2, HSK 3, or at a basic level. 

If you enjoy learning Chinese through stories, then make sure to subscribe to AL Language Cafe and hit the bell notification. We publish free Chinese learning videos every Monday and/or Tuesday. We are always working hard behind the scenes to bring you fun and exciting stories to help you create an enjoyable learning journey. 

To make sure you get the most out of our Slow Chinese Stories series, we recommend the following studying method: 

  1. Listen to the story without looking at the screen. This helps you practice and improve your listening comprehension. 
  2. Listen to the story by looking at the pictures only. The pictures are complementary to the sentences on the screen. 
  3. Listen to the story by reading the pinyin and/or the Chinese characters. 
  4. Listen to the story by reading the translation to check your comprehension. 

Repetition is the key to mastering Chinese. Do not hesitate to re-listen to the stories. You will be surprised at how much more you understand every time you listen to it.

An American’s Restaurant in an Old Chinese Town

Our main character visited a small historic town in China and met an American who had been living there since 10 years ago… 

With English Subtitles: 

How to Get the Most out of the Slow Chinese Stories Series

We recommend this story to students who have studied HSK 4, HSK 5, or at an advanced level. 

If you enjoy learning Chinese through stories, then make sure to subscribe to AL Language Cafe and hit the bell notification. We publish free Chinese learning videos every Monday and/or Tuesday. We are always working hard behind the scenes to bring you fun and exciting stories to help you create an enjoyable learning journey. 

To make sure you get the most out of our Slow Chinese Stories series, we recommend the following studying method: 

  1. Listen to the story without looking at the screen. This helps you practice and improve your listening comprehension. 
  2. Listen to the story by looking at the pictures only. The pictures are complementary to the sentences on the screen. 
  3. Listen to the story by reading the pinyin and/or the Chinese characters. 
  4. Listen to the story by reading the translation to check your comprehension. 

Repetition is the key to mastering Chinese. Do not hesitate to re-listen to the stories. You will be surprised at how much more you understand every time you listen to it.