Chinese vocabulary first level is a workbook that complements Méthode de chinois premier niveau (Chinese language method, first level) published at L'Asiathèque designed also to be used by all beginner learners using other methods. This workbook is marked with tips and reminders. It takes into consideration one of the specificities of Chinese: the disjunction between written and oral. It uses only the first 500 most usual characters, resulting from a restrictive selection, and aims to practice on a thousand words, also among the most frequent, through a wide range of exercises which makes it possible to better recognize the Grammatical category, meaning and context of use of new words by following a controlled, quantified and reasoned progression. It is not a matter of bombarding the learner with vocabulary lists that he can not master, but of making him more familiar with the words he encounters as he goes along. Zhitang Yang-Drocourt is a university professor. She teaches at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco) in Paris.