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The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know

In Chinese by Olle Linge

Big changes are coming to the HSK, the most widely used proficiency test for Mandarin Chinese for non-native speakers. The new standard takes effect on July 1st, 2021, and in this post we take a deep dive into what changes are coming, what they mean for you as a student. We also present vocabulary lists for HSK 1-9, including lists specifically for handwriting.

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The Neutral Tone Demystified

In Chinese by Gwilym James

The neutral tone in Mandarin causes a lot of confusion for many second language learners. What does “neutral” mean? How low or how high should the neutral tone be? How do you pronounce it? The …

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Tone Sandhi: Third Tone

In Chinese by Skritter

Tones are arguably the most difficult aspect of Mandarin for many second-language learners. The 3rd tone (三声 sānshēng), often known as Tone 3, causes a lot of trouble! Let’s understand why this is the case, and make it slightly easier for you!