Two HSK Prep Books

07 Apr 2005

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.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. Years ago I took the HSK and did miserably. It’s nice to know that study resources are now available.

    When the domestic publishers stop putting language lessons on cassette and find a newer medium? Chinesepod has figured it out, leapfrogging beyond the audio CD.

  2. It’s really funny to take part in the hsk test.I found it was unimaginably
    hard. I couldn’t expect a non-native speakers can get through it, especially for the high-level test. I dare say it ,because I’m a chinese.I’m a university student in one of the top universities in china. Even I myself
    could hardly pass it.It was realy a shame.but I have to addmit that most of students in china will get low points in the test if they were required to take this test.

  3. I am interested in the above books, but the link to the store for those outside of China is dead.
    Does anyone know the new URL?

    • You can get these from cypressbooks.com
      I ordered both, one took a week, the other 5 weeks (which they warned me about when I contacted them before I ordered).
      They’re bothe very useful books, which I’d also recommend.

      • I don’t find these books in cypressbooks.com. Either through the ISBN search nor the name of the book. Any other website where I can get these books from? Many thanks in advance.

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