If you are not sure if you have reached the intermediate level, you may refer to the following criteria:
1.Grasped 500 common Chinese characters and the corresponding grammar standard.
2.Completed 100 to 400 hours of regular modern Chinese learning, including those with the equivalent learning experiences.
3.Able to understand simple sentences and express simple ideas.
4.Capable of simple communication in daily life and study.
This section is emphasized on Chinese writing skill improvement.
Writing practice helps to consolidate your grasp of vocabulary and grammar. Sentences are major components of an article, so begin to write single sentences before short articles. Do it step by step.
Below are major ways we used to learn writing in China in our childhood.
If you have regular extensive and intensive reading, you will get familiar with many useful expressions and sentence patterns. Try to use them as models to do sentence making.
Sentence pattern exchanging
By rewriting the sentences, practice expressing the same meaning with different patterns.
Text shortening and rewriting
It helps to understand the text, and helps to write compositions. It can foster your ability to summarize and to use Chinese freely.
It is good if you have a native Chinese pen-pal to help you check the grammar and words usage.
In addition to practice, writing skills will be improved steadily with your continuous efforts on reading because reading leads to the shaping of your thoughts, which then naturally leads you to respond in writing with varying degrees of fluency.