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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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Making Tangyuan for the Winter Solstice

In Chinese by Gwilym James

The Winter Solstice 你听过“冬至”吗?冬至是一年里白天最短、黑夜最长的日子。冬至在古代被当作过年,虽然在台湾冬至没有放假,但还是一个很重要的节日。 Have you heard of the Dongzhi Festival? It is also known as the Winter Solstice in Taiwan – the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, Dongzhi was …

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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 …