HSK Info NYC

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK, or Chinese Proficiency Test) is an international standardized exam, administered by Hanban, that assesses and rates proficiency in Mandarin. The HSK focuses on listening, reading, and writing, without an emphasis on grammar, and can be taken either as a written exam or as a computer-based test. The HSK also holds an oral exam, separate from the normal HSK test. However, if not interested in the HSK's oral proficiency test, it is ...

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Mandarin Chinese Synonyms - Five Common Examples

One of the difficulties of learning Chinese (as well as other languages) comes from word pairs that have similar meanings (synonyms). For Chinese learners, it is always hard to figure out which word to use under the situation that both words from the pair appear to be applicable. Here, we would like to give out five typical examples.   二 v.s. 两 - two 时间 v.s. 时候 - time 马上 v.s 立刻 - right away 吗 v.s. 吧 v.s. 啊 - question particles that add to the end of a declarative statement 和 ...

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Learning Chinese with Songs - 小酒窝(Cute Dimples)

There are many good reasons to listen to Chinese popular songs. You can improve pronunciation, learn Chinese vocabulary, develop grammar structure and beautiful expressions in Chinese, and learn more about Chinese culture, which is fun! In this article, we are going to listen to a sweet love song 小酒窝(xiǎo jiǔ wō) by 林俊杰(lín2 jùn jié) and 蔡卓妍(cài zhuó yán). This song is chosen for its simple lyrics. Step 1: Check out their music video.  No matter how much you can understand the ...

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Speak Chinese Like a Native! Five Popular Chinese Idioms / Slangs

Popular Chinese Idioms Everyone realizes that learning idioms of a foreign language is an interesting way to sound “native-like”. For English as second language learners, UrbanDictionary is an awesome place to check out interesting popular English idioms. However, it is a pity that there is no such a counterpart the Chinese language as of yet. This article picks out five of the Top 10 popular Chinese idioms of 2012, selected by an authoritative Chinese language magazine, “Yao Wen Jue ...

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Chengyu - Chinese Idioms - Cultural Facets

Chinese Idioms 活到老,学到老  (成语) An idiom is a figure of speech that isn’t taken literally. For example, in English we have idioms such as “don’t let the cat out of the bag,” and “to have a cake and eat it too”, when we are not really talking about letting cats out of bags, or eating a piece of cake. There are numerous proverbs, sayings and idioms in every language. But why do I want to devote a whole article to Chinese idioms if it is such a normal linguistic phenomenon? Because, in ...

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