HSK Words & Flashcards

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New HSK Exam System (from July 1st 2021)

In 2020, an internal Chinese academic paper discussed that the Chinese Proficiency Standards shall usher in a new change: a hybrid paradigm of “Three Stages and Nine Levels” characterized by integration and all-in-one. The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced further details regarding HSK 3.0 on April 1, 2021. Among the information shared was a wordlist for each individual stage, and a date for the introduction of the new test - July 1, 2021.

The intermediate levels should test the ability to understand slightly modified authentic materials or authentic materials written/spoken in a clear manner and intended for educated mother tongue speakers: materials concerning everyday topics, simple articles, simple commentaries and critiques found in newspapers and magazines.

The advanced levels should test the ability to understand longer, more complicated and abstract materials: extracts from authentic sources such as textbooks for Chinese university students, Chinese magazine and essays, extracts from modern Chinese literature, interviews and extracts from Chinese media. Moreover, classical Chinese expressions and classical Chinese grammatical structures used in modern formal Chinese should be included too. Source

Level Difficulty Number Of Words Review
HSK 1 Beginner 500 Review new HSK 1
HSK 2 Beginner 772 Review new HSK 2
HSK 3 Beginner 973 Review new HSK 3
HSK 4 Intermediate 1000 Review new HSK 4
HSK 5 Intermediate 1071 Review new HSK 5
HSK 6 Intermediate 1140 Review new HSK 6
HSK 7 Advanced 5636 (combined) Review new HSK 7,8,9
HSK 8 Advanced
HSK 9 Advanced

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Random HSK Words

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning Level
络绎不绝 luòyìbùjué endless stream HSK 6
老板 lǎobǎn boss/proprietor/shopkeeper HSK 5
接近 jiējìn near/be close to HSK 5
拥护 yōnghù to support/endorse HSK 6
安全 ānquán safe/safety/secure/security HSK 4
管理 guǎnlǐ supervise/manage HSK 4
关键 guānjiàn crucial/key/pivotal HSK 4
承包 chéngbāo to contract (to undertake a job) HSK 6
学问 xuéwen learning/knowledge HSK 5
hot (spicy) HSK 4
衰老 shuāilǎo grow old/age/deteriorate HSK 6
立体 lìtǐ solid/three dimensional HSK 6
签署 qiānshǔ sign (an agreement) HSK 6
告别 gàobié say goodbye to/to leave/to part HSK 5
气质 qìzhì temperament/disposition HSK 6
scold/curse/condemn/verbally abuse HSK 5
饱经沧桑 bǎojīngcāngsāng experienced many changes HSK 6
each/every HSK 4
讲究 jiǎngjiu Be particular about/fastidious/stress/exquisite /careful study HSK 5
外界 wàijiè the outside world/external HSK 6

Random non HSK Words

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning
吸收 xī shōu to absorb/to assimilate/to ingest/to recruit
对口相声 duì kǒu xiàng shēng comic crosstalk/formalized comic dialogue between two stand-up comics: funny man 逗哏[dòu gén] and straight man 捧哏[pěng gén]
布朗尼 bù lǎng ní brownie (pastry) (loanword)
帝京 dì jīng imperial capital
废钢 fèi gāng scrap metal/steel scrap
念咒 niàn zhòu to chant a magic spell/to recite incantations
愁苦 chóu kǔ anxiety/distress
戊唑醇 wù zuò chún tebuconazole (antifungal agent)
找寻 zhǎo xún to look for/to seek/to find fault
校刊 xiào kān school magazine
深圳 Shēn zhèn Shenzhen subprovincial city in Guangdong, special economic zone close to Hong Kong
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn to review the old and know the new (idiom, from the Analects)/to recall the past to understand the future
盘费 pán fèi travel expenses/fare/traveling allowance
粘船鱼 zhān chuán yú shark sucker (Echeneis naucrates)
niè guidepost/rule/standard/limit/target (old)
蛱蝶 jiá dié nymphalid/butterfly
(insect)/Tryxalis masuta
调侃 tiáo kǎn to ridicule/to tease/to mock/idle talk/chitchat
这样 zhè yàng this kind of/so/this way/like this/such
卤田 lǔ tián a saltpan