HSK4 Complete 汉语水平考试考过了

Guess what? Some auspicious news is here… I passed my HSK Level 4.

HSK is an acronym for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, which is the pinyin for Chinese Level Test. It is the most internationally recognized certification in Mandarin.

I would be lying if I were to say that I am not proud. Chinese takes an incredible amount of time to learn and I am no exception. 

Preparing for the HSK helped to increase my vocabulary and improve my reading comprehension.

According to the Wiki, the level four exam has a word count of 1200. It also provides the following description of the test.

“Designed for learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard.”

I don’t know if I would call my Chinese “high standard”, but I’ll take it.

Of course, it is commonly speculated that you need about 3,000 words to understand a mainland newspaper. HSK 5 is 2,500 words. I am not even halfway there… 

However, regardless of being able to understand a newspaper, I have experienced a jump in my daily communication ability.

Not only has my Chinese level improved, but it also gave my self confidence a boost. Even though I almost never write characters longhand, (with the exception of an address), my ability to communicate with others over social media platforms has noticeably increased.

I hope to start preparing a level 5 once I return from my trip home.

If you are interested in starting to learn Chinese or continuing to improve, check out the following sites I use.


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