This paper appeals with the difference between the traditional and communicative teaching methods of teaching the Chinese language. We propose the comparative analysis method which allows us on one hand to compare both methods, on the other hand to choose the most appropriate method for teaching students according to their age and goals of learning. As the example we use declarative clause with simple verbal predicate because this grammatical feature is fundamental in linguistics. This paper contains virtues and short comings of the traditional and communicative methods, describes which method to choose to develop oral speech comprehension or writing comprehension. It also has information how to use the methods to teach declarative clause with simple verbal predicate in practice as the example. The paper can be used for the beginners in teaching as well as for those who has some experience in teaching the Chinese language, for the individual teaching as well as for teaching in groups. The grammatical feature taken as the example in this paper is not special only for the Chinese language, so it can be used also for teaching other languages.