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Lesson 1 你好 nǐ hǎo
1. The aim of this lesson:
Learning the Chinese phonetic system Pinyin and basic Chinese writing strokes.
To be able to pronounce the following Initials and Finals:
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To be able to count from 1 to 10...
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