I passed HSK 1 !

I passed my HSK 1 test!!! Only 1 mistake. 195/200 Wohooo! Some might say HSK 1 is easy, no big deal. However, it’s quite an achievement for a non-native speaker like me who only started 3 months ago (December 2020). The most difficult part of it starts from learning to pronounce the four tones. Yes, one word can have four different tones with different meanings. I thought I would never be able to pronounce them but with practice, I was able to do it.

So, what does my study routine looks like?

  1. I speak with an online native Mandarin teacher few times a week.
  2. I review Quizlet flash cards of new words daily (read them aloud with correct tones)
  3. I practice writing Chinese characters and familiarize myself with the strokes.
  4. I subscribed to DuChinese app. It provides reading articles ranging from HSK 1 – 6. It has pinyin for your convenience.
  5. I listen to Chinese songs, watch Chinese movies/drama/cartoons. Sometimes repeating after the dialogues.
  6. I listen to Chinese FM kid’s station (set the speed to slow). It enhances my listening skills.
  7. I apply what I learned by translating (writing) simple English sentences into Mandarin.
  8. I also purchased HSK Online. It’s available on iOS and Android. It’s an online learning platform for people who are preparing for the Chinese Proficiency Test. This allowed me to do mock exams and I believed it really helped.

What worked for me were consistency, practice and repetition. You’ll need to talk to yourself… a lot. Don’t worry if your family members think you’re going crazy, 哈哈哈。It’s the best way to practice.
So, what’s next? I’m preparing for the HSK 2 exam that I plan to take on July or August 2021.


Quick HSK Update

I took my HSK1 exam today. There were 40 items. Half part was listening and half was reading. I will know the result after 2 weeks. Although I feel that I will pass, I still feel nervous. Wish me luck.

今天我参加了 HSK1 考试。 考试有40个项目。一半个听力部分,一半个阅读部分。两周后我将知道结果。虽然觉得我通过了,但是我仍然感到紧张。

Booking a Ticket 订票 dìng piào

订 dìng = v. book
张 zhāng = measure word for flat object
飞机票 fēijī piào = plane ticket
航班 hángbān = flight
特快 tèkuài = express
全程 quánchéng = whole journey
多长 duō chǎng = how long
小时 xiǎoshí = hour
上铺 shàng pù = upper bunk
到达 dàodá = v. arrive
送 sòng = v. send/deliver
售票员 shòupiàoyuán = ticket seller


dìng huǒchē piào
Book a train ticket.

zhāng fēijī piào
An airline ticket.

nǐ de hángbān hào shì duōshǎo
What is your flight number.

qǐngwèn dào běijīng yǒu tèkuài huǒchē ma?
Is there an express train to Beijing?

quánchéng xūyào 10 xiǎoshí.
The whole journey takes 10 hours.

Zhè tiáo lù duō chǎng?
How long is this road?

wǒ shuìjiào shàng pù.
I sleep on the upper bunk.

tāmen zuótiān dàodá běijīng.
They arrived in Beijing yesterday.

bàba sòng wǒ qù fànguǎn.
Dad sent me to the restaurant.

shòupiàoyuán: Nǎ tiān de?
Ticket seller: For which day?