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
bào to hold/to hug/carry in one's arms/to cradle HSK 4
逝世 shìshì pass away/to die HSK 6
集体 jítǐ collective/group HSK 5
钻石 zuànshí diamond HSK 6
启蒙 qǐméng enlighten/enlightenment/instruct the young/to initiate HSK 6
争论 zhēnglùn argue/to dispute/contend/argument HSK 5
海关 hǎiguān customs (i.e. border inspection) HSK 5
联系 liánxì integrate/link/connection/contact HSK 4
补偿 bǔcháng compensation/make up HSK 6
诉讼 sùsòng lawsuit HSK 6
pén basin/(flower) pot HSK 5
不言而喻 bùyán'éryù it goes without saying/it is self-evident HSK 6
南辕北辙 nányuánběizhé at odds with/act in a way that defeats one's purpose HSK 6
执行 zhíxíng implementation/carry out/execute HSK 6
迷信 míxìn superstition/be superstitious HSK 6
铅笔 qiānbǐ pencil HSK 2
分解 fēnjiě to decompose/to resolve/to break down HSK 6
虚伪 xūwěi false/hypocritical/artificial/sham HSK 6
与其 yǔqí rather than/better than HSK 5
魄力 pòlì daring resolution/boldness/courage HSK 6

Random non HSK Words

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning
仙女棒 xiān nǚ bàng sparkler (hand-held firework)
shèng to remain/to be left/to have as remainder
原阳县 Yuán yáng xiàn Yuanyang county in Xinxiang 新鄉|新乡[Xīn xiāng], Henan
夏衍 Xià Yǎn Xia Yan (1900-1995), Chinese writer, playwright, socialist critic and movie pioneer
学科 xué kē subject/branch of learning/course/academic discipline
打飞机 dǎ fēi jī to masturbate (slang)
投书 tóu shū to deliver/to send a letter/a letter (of complaint, opinion etc)
抽冷子 chōu lěng zi (coll.) unexpectedly
文物 wén wù cultural relic/historical relic/CL:件[jiàn],個|个[gè]
水栗 shuǐ lì see 荸薺|荸荠[bí qí]
浪荡 làng dàng to loiter/to hang around/dissolute/licentious
滑雪术 huá xuě shù skiing
兽脚类恐龙 shòu jiǎo lèi kǒng lóng theropod (beast-footed dinosaur group)/suborder Theropoda within order Saurischia containing carnivorous dinosaurs
糖衣 táng yī frosting or icing (on cakes etc)/sugarcoating
自足 zì zú self-sufficient/satisfied with oneself
舌根 shé gēn back of tongue/tongue root/dorsal
荆轲 Jīng Kē Jing Ke (-227 BC), celebrated in verse and fiction as would-be assassin of King Ying Zheng of Qin 秦嬴政 (later the First Emperor 秦始皇)
趑趄不前 zī jū bù qián hesitant and not daring to move forward (idiom)
除过 chú guò (dialect) except/besides
顺手牵羊 shùn shǒu qiān yáng lit. to lead away a goat while passing by (idiom)/fig. to opportunistically pocket sb's possessions and walk off