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Bridge from Intermediate to Upper Intermediate


Like other users, I found a “steep jump” from intermediate to upper intermediate, even when I start with the first lessons in each category (curriculum, grammar, HSK 5, etc.). I can’t find bridge lessons from intermediate to upper intermediate. A search for “bridge” within intermediate, for example, returns only two or three lessons. I did see a blog post for this from two years ago and I wonder if this has been addressed more recently.

Thank you,

A Chinese pod-ophile?

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That is a good question. I understand your struggle with the large gap between intermediate and upper-intermediate level. According to this post (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Bridge lessons), the following are all bridge lessons:
You’re Infuriating
Typhoon Warning
Too Much Pressure on Kids
Buying Cheap Shares
Culling Stray Dogs

Please let me know if there’s any lesson that you can’t find.
I would say the rule of thumb is that the upper-intermediate lessons from 2005 to 2014 are the easiest, and it’s best if you stick with the topics that you’re familiar with. The themes at upper-intermediate level can be very broad and specialized, and if you watch the lessons without selecting the topics, it can get too overwhelming for you really quickly. Could you let me know which topics you are interested in and what do you want to learn? I can look into our library and give you some lesson recommendations if you want!


Have to admit my first Upper Intermediate lesson, “Wine Tasting” did give me a bit of a shock especially the lesson audio. I worked through the lesson with my tutor and found that it was hard but not as hard as I first thought. I have started to flick between an intermediate lesson and the upper course to ease myself in, which is helping the confidence levels. That might be the best way to ease in to the upper course. Hope that helps others feeling the same way, you need to stretch yourself to move on up.

Yes that’s absolutely right, diving into a new a level in a “cold turkey” way would be extremely difficult (especially upper-intermediate) and it’s best if you go back and forth between the two levels and study them simultaneously. There is nothing wrong with going back to the lessons at a lower level and you can always find something new to learn about every time you study a lower level lesson.