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
辣椒 làjiāo hot pepper/chili HSK 5
随着 suízhe along with/in the wake of HSK 4
dǐng top/roof/carry on one's head/prop up/to butt/(mw for headwear, i.e. hats) HSK 5
玩意儿 wányìr thing/toy/gadget HSK 6
最后 zuìhòu last/final/ultimately HSK 3
当然 dāngrán of course/naturally HSK 3
羞耻 xiūchǐ (a feeling of) shame HSK 6
寓言 yùyán fable HSK 6
主席 zhǔxí chairperson/president HSK 5
丰收 fēngshōu bumper crop/have a good harvest HSK 6
利益 lìyì benefit/(in sb.'s) interest HSK 5
jiǎo, jué horn/angle/unit of money (1, 10 yuan)/corner (Kangxi radical 148) | role (theater) HSK 3
未免 wèimiǎn (of something that one finds has gone too far)/rather a bit too HSK 6
shàng above/up HSK 1
zhāi to pick (flowers, fruit, etc.)/to pluck/to take/to borrow HSK 5
喧哗 xuānhuá cause a scene HSK 6
照相机 zhàoxiàngjī camera HSK 3
热闹 rènao bustling/lively/busy HSK 4
想象 xiǎngxiàng imagine/visualize HSK 5
协会 xiéhuì an association/a society HSK 6

Random non HSK Words

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning
冷眼 lěng yǎn cool eye/fig. detached/(treating) with indifference
分布式环境 fēn bù shì huán jìng distributed environment (computing)
创办 chuàng bàn to establish/to found/to launch
南沙 Nán shā Nansha Islands/Spratly Islands/Nansha district of Guangzhou city 廣州市|广州市[Guǎng zhōu shì], Guangdong
pēn to spurt/to blow out/to puff out/to snort
商港 shāng gǎng commercial port/trading harbor
坐以待毙 zuò yǐ dài bì to sit and wait for death (idiom)/resigned to one's fate
工读学校 gōng dú xué xiào reformatory/reform school
悲摧 bēi cuī grieved/miserable
星盘 xīng pán (astronomy) astrolabe/(astrology) horoscope/astrological chart
本士 běn shì (loanword) pence/penny
荣市 Róng shì Vinh, Vietnam
殉葬 xùn zàng to bury sth along with the dead/sacrificial grave goods
猛将 měng jiàng fierce general/valiant military leader/fig. brave individual
玉米面 yù mǐ miàn cornmeal/maize flour
qín variant of 琴[qín], guqin or zither
西米德兰兹郡 Xī mǐ dé lán zī jùn West Midlands, UK county, capital Birmingham 伯明翰[Bó míng hàn]
ancient unit of weight equal to 20 or 24 liang 兩|两[liǎng]
随机存取 suí jī cún qǔ random access (memory)
骷髅 kū lóu human skeleton/human skull