HSK Vocabulary List

Posted by Fifi Yang on Nov 11, 2015

HSK vocabulary

1.What is HSK?


HSK is short of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi(the test of Chinese proficiency),it is an international standardized exam recognized by governments Hanban that tests and rates non-native Chinese speakers' Chinese language proficiency.The new HSK consists of six levels,from level I to level VI.The Written test consists of 3 parts: Listening, Reading and Writing.You may find more details about HSK preparation courses on our website.

2. HSK Vocabulary Size


Vocabulary size is one of the most important index of your Chinese proficiency.You should learn more Chinese words if you want to attend higher level test. Here is the vocabulary size of the six HSK level: different levels of tests require varying degree of mastery of vocabulary. This not only refers to the size of vocabulary but also the types of words as well as the amount of usages of the words. The higher the level, the more words a learner need to master, and more meanings of each word are expected to be learned. A detailed requirement of vocabulary size for each test level is shown in the figure below.


HSK levels

3. HSK V


Hanbridge Mandarin's HSK Test Preparation is the most efficient way to help you preparing and passing through HSK.

Taking HSK Level V vocabulary as an example,the HSK Level V test lasts for 125 minutes and is for those with the ability to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers. The Hanbridge test preparation training will introduce learners to 2500 new words. In addition, students will be introduced to reading Chinese newspapers and magazines. Combined with further grammar instruction, the training prepares students to make a formal speech in Chinese.

4.How to prepare for HSK V vocabulary test


Vocabulary is essential to the learning of Chinese and any other language because words are building blocks to the language. However, learning Chinese words can be hard because of its connections to Chinese characters must be established. Try to use aids of Chinese radicals (pianpang bushou) to help identify the large scope of meaning (e.g., characters of 艹 are related with plants, and those with月 is associated with meat). Also, memorizing vocabulary with the help of topics is useful too. Try to learn more words through reading articles regarding to different topics, and that is more efficient than reciting a vocabulary list only. Therefore, when you receive a list for HSK level V, please try to relate the word meaning with real sentences, such as search them up in your textbook or attempt making a sentence using them by yourself. Vocabulary is really learned only with extensive usage.

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Fifi Yang is a Chinese learning teacher at Hanbridge Mandarin. Having spent a great number of years learning French, Fifi understands the challenges of learning a language. She puts this experience to good use while preparing and delivering classes to her students.

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