Two HSK Prep Books
both by 王小宁, 侯子玮 (新世界出版社, 2002)
Review by: Roddy
Published by the 新世界出版社, one is called HSK 听力关键词 (ISBN 7-80005-696-1) and the other HSK 听力惯用词 (7-80005-695-3)
I found these books really good – there’s a lot of colloquial / idiomatic stuff you just don’t get in a lot of the textbooks around. Opening the book at a random page I find 帮倒忙 (to be more trouble than your worth, more hinderance than help) and 弄 as an informal word for do / make / get – which is something you hear constantly, but I’ve never come across it in a textbook.
If you are in China you should be able to get them easily enough – they’re in most bookshops in Beijing that have Chinese for foreigner sections. I first got them in Harbin, so larger provincial cities should have them. There are tapes, though I don’t think they add a great deal – if you have a handy native speaker, I wouldn’t bother.
If you are not in China, I know one forum member has ordered them from this site and been pleased with them.
Originally published on the Chinese Language and Culture Forums. Used with permission.