HSK 2 Vocabulary



What to Expect about the Vocabulary in HSK Level 2


HSK 2 is designed for learners who have a good grasp of the basics of Chinese and can use the language in a simple and direct manner for everyday tasks. It tests your knowledge of the first 300 words (150 from level 1 and 150 from level 2) and some basic grammar patterns, including vocabulary that covers a number of situations commonly encountered in day-to-day life.



Examples of Vocabulary in the HSK 2 Test


HSK 2 includes vocabulary that is likely to be practically useful while living and travelling in China. Verbs such as “to get sick” – 生病 (shēngbìng), “to arrive” – 到 (dào), “to help” – 帮助 (bāngzhù), and “to feel/to think” – 觉得 (juéde) are introduced.


Vocabulary related to tenses (talking about things in the past, present or future) are also introduced in HSK 2. Such words include 已经 (yǐjīng) – “already”, 正在 (zhèngzài) – “currently”, 还 (hái) – “still/yet”, and 再 (zài) – “again”. These allow you to construct sentences around events that have already occurred or have not yet occurred.


HSK 2 also introduces a number of highly useful prepositions (words that indicate a location or some other relationship between a subject and other parts of the sentence). These include 给 (gěi) – “for”, 从 (cóng) – “from”, 往 (wǎng) – “towards”, and 比 (bǐ) – a particle used to make comparisons.



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