王菲 – 紅豆 (1998)

Faye Wong – 紅豆 (1998)

还没好好的感受 雪花绽放的气候
我们一起颤抖 会更明白 甚么是温柔
还没跟你牵着手 走过荒芜的沙丘
可能从此以后 学会珍惜 天长和地久

有时候 有时候
我会相信一切有尽头
相聚离开 都有时候
没有甚么会永垂不朽
可是我 有时候
宁愿选择留恋不放手
等到风景都看透
也许你会陪我 看细水长流


还没为你把红豆 熬成缠绵的伤口
然后一起分享 会更明白 相思的哀愁
还没好好的感受 醒著亲吻的温柔
可能在我左右 你才追求 孤独的自由

有时候 有时候
我会相信一切有尽头

相聚离开 都有时候
没有甚么会永垂不朽
可是我 有时候
宁愿选择留恋不放手
等到风景都看透
也许你会陪我 看细水长流


有时候 有时候
我会相信一切有尽头
相聚离开 都有时候
没有甚么会永垂不朽
可是我 有时候
宁愿选择留恋不放手
等到风景都看透
也许你会陪我 看细水长流

屠洪刚 – 中国功夫 (1997)

Tu Honggang – Chinese Kongfu (1997)

卧似一张弓
站似一棵松
不动不摇坐如钟
走路一阵风

南拳和北腿
少林武当功
太极八卦连环掌
中华有神功

卧似一张弓
站似一棵松
不动不摇坐如钟
走路一阵风

南拳和北腿
中国功夫
少林武当功 太极八卦连环掌 中华有神功

棍扫一大片
枪挑一条线
身轻好似云中燕
我们豪气冲云天

外练筋骨皮
内练一口气
刚柔并济不低头
我们心中有天地

卧似一张弓
站似一棵松
不动不摇坐如钟
走路一阵风

南拳和北腿
少林武当功
太极八卦连环掌
中华有神功

清风剑在手
双刀就看走
行家功夫一出手
他就知道有没有

手是两扇门
脚下是一条根
四方水土养育了
我们中华武术魂

东方一条龙
儿女似英雄
天高地远八面风
中华有神功

东方一条龙
儿女似英雄
天高地远八面风
中华有神功
中华有神功

蒋大为 – 敢问路在何方 (1986)

Dare to ask which road to take (1986)

你挑着担,我牵着马;
迎来日出送走晚霞
踏平坎坷成大道,
斗罢艰险又出发,又出发

啦啦——啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦,

一番番春秋冬夏,
一场场酸甜苦辣;
敢问路在何方?
路在脚下

你挑着担,我牵着马;
翻山涉水两肩霜花
风云雷电任叱咤,
一路豪歌向天涯,向天涯


啦啦——啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦,

一番番春秋冬夏,
一场场酸甜苦辣;
敢问路在何方?
路在脚下
敢问路在何方?
路在脚下

张国荣 – 倩女幽魂 (1987)

A Chinese ghost story (theme song)

In Cantonese

人生路美梦似路长
路里风霜风霜扑面干
红尘里美梦有几多方向
找痴痴梦幻中心爱路随人茫茫
人生是美梦与热望
梦里依稀依稀有泪光
何从何去去觅我心中方向
风仿佛在梦中轻叹路和人茫茫
人间路快乐少年郎
路里崎岖崎岖不见阳光
泥尘里快乐有几多方向
一丝丝梦幻般风雨路随人茫茫
丝丝梦幻般风雨路随人茫茫

李娜 – 青藏高原 (1994)

Li Na – Tibetan Plateau (1994)

是谁带来远古呼唤
是谁留下千年的祈盼
难道说还有无言的歌
还是那久久不能忘怀眷恋

我看见一座座山一座座山川
一座座山川相连
呀啦索
那可是青藏高原?

是谁日夜遥望着蓝天
是谁渴望永久的梦幻
难道说还有赞美的歌
还是那仿佛不能改变的庄严

一座座山川相连
呀啦索
那就是青藏高原
呀啦索
那就是青藏高原

王菲 – 你快乐 所以我快乐 (1997)

Faye Wong – I’m happy if you’re happy (1997)

你眉头开了
所以我笑了
你眼睛红了
我的天灰了

天晓得既然说
你快乐于是我快乐
玫瑰都开了
我还想怎么呢

求之不得求不得
天造地设一样的难得
喜怒和哀乐
有我来重蹈你覆辙

~~~

你头发湿了
所以我热了
你觉得累了
所以我睡了

天晓得既然说
你快乐于是我快乐
玫瑰都开了
我还想怎么呢

求之不得求不得
天造地设一样的难得
喜怒和哀乐
有我来重蹈你覆辙

La La La

La La La La

不问为什么 心安理得

天晓得既然说
你快乐于是我快乐
玫瑰都开了
我还想怎么呢

求之不得求不得
天造地设一样的难得
喜怒和哀乐
有我来重蹈你覆辙

All essential (and less essential) questions about the HSK exam in 2020

You’re about to register for a HSK exam or thinking about it? Here’s all the essential information about the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi in one short FAQ article.

Why should I take the HSK test?

The HSK certificate is the Chinese certificate of language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese for higher educational and professional purposes in Mainland China. Are you going to study or work in China or are you applying for a Chinese scholarship? Then the HSK certificate might come in handy. Since it’s a standardized test – it also serves as a reference to assess Chinese language proficiency.

What language skills does the HSK exam assess?

The HSK exam assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The exam tests listening and reading comprehension as well as writing skills (starting from HSK level 3). The HSK exam doesn’t test your oral abilities in Chinese. There is a special HSK speaking test for that.

Where is the HSK certificate applicable?

The HSK certificate is an internationally recognized certificate and the standard reference for Chinese language proficiency in Mainland China.

For how long is my HSK certificate valid?

The HSK certificate is valid for life. Just be aware that most Chinese universities may want to see a certificate that’s not older than two years.

Where can I take the HSK Test?

You can take the HSK test almost all over the world. The Hanban organization behind the HSK exam keeps track of all HSK test centers. Enter the exam you want to take and find the HSK test center nearest to you.

When is the next HSK test date?

You can find all the global HSK test dates for 2020 here, but it might be more useful to contact your local HSK center for the precise date and time.

Where do I register for the HSK exam?

You can register for the HSK exam on the official Hanban HSK website. You need to create an user account first.

Can I take the HSK test at home?

No, you have to go to a authorized test HSK center to take the exam.

Is a dictionary allowed during the HSK test? Can I bring my laptop to the exam?

No, you can’t bring your dictionary or laptop to the HSK exam or for that matter any of the following items: a recorder, camera, MP3, mobile phone, tablet, textbook or other articles “irrelevant to the test”.

Should I take the offline or online HSK test?

According to Hanban the only difference between the two tests is that one is paper-based and the other internet-based. The internet-based test has one advantage though: you can write characters using Pinyin on your keyboard which for most HSK-participants is both easier and faster.

What if I fail the HSK Test? Can I retake it?

You can retake the test as many times if you want (though not for free of course).

Who grades the HSK Tests?

The Hanban organization grades all HSK exams in their central headquarters in Beijing. Exam papers have to be sent from your local HSK test center to the Chinese capital to be graded.

Where and when can I find out my HSK Test results?

One month after the end of the test, you can visit the HSK test service website. Input your ticket number of your Test Admit Card and your name to view your test score. Be sure that your input information matches that on Test Admit Card. For the certificate you should contact your local test center.

How do HSK levels compare to the CEFR proficiency levels?

HSK consists of six levels. How do these HSK levels correspond to the European Framework of Reference for languages? Do they correspond directly to the European proficiency levels (A1-C2)? Hanban claims that they do, but I’d agree with the skeptics on this topic that this statement is too optimistic. HSK 5 for example might actually be closer to the skills described for language level B1, though that may vary from case to case:

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanyu_Shuiping_Kaoshi

And let’s not forget that the standard HSK exam does not test oral language proficiency, so not all language skills are examined. But anyway, let’s keep that to ourselves.

腾格尔 – 天堂 (1997)

Paradise (1997)

蓝蓝的天空

清清的湖水

绿绿的草原

这是我的家

奔驰的骏马

洁白的羊群

还有你姑娘

这是我的家

我爱你 我的家

我的家 我的天堂

我爱你 我的家

我的家 我的天堂

蓝蓝的天空

清清的湖水

绿绿的草原

这是我的家

我爱你 我的家

我的家 我的天堂

我爱你 我的家

我的家 我的天堂

张伟进 – 猴哥 (1998)

Brother monkey (1998)

猴哥猴哥
你真了不得
五行大山压不住
蹦出个孙行者

猴哥猴哥
你真太难得
紧箍咒再念
没改变老孙的本色

拔一根毫毛
吹出猴万个
眨一眨眼皮
能把鬼识破

翻个跟斗十万八千里
抖一抖威风山崩地也裂

哪里有难都想你
哪里有险都有哥
身经百战打头阵
惩恶扬善心如佛

你的美名万人传
你的故事千家说
金箍棒啊永闪烁
扫清天下浊

Best tips to beat any level HSK test

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The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi has become the main focus point of your life? Congratulations. And don’t worry, the HSK exam can be beaten like any other test. Here are my best tips to pass the HSK test.

  1. Be an early bird^^
  2. Make your own HSK master plan
  3. Know the exam like your favorite movie
  4. Join your local HSK crash course
  5. Cover your carpet with flashcards
  6. Become a grammar guru for your HSK level
  7. Work on your “HSK weakness”
  8. Read the answers first

Start preparing early

The early bird catches the worm. Best to know where you’re at well in advance: take a mock exam to estimate your level and don’t forget to measure your time. How good or bad is it?

The HSK test score doesn’t lie. Remember though: HSK evaluates your language proficiency, BUT writing the HSK exam is a practical skill on its own! The more familiar you are with all the HSK ins and outs, the better your position, the higher your score.

And that’s good news, because with some planning and strategy it all can be mastered. Climb the ladder and see things from above instead.

Make your own HSK study plan

Many HSK-participants don’t prepare for the test! (Or at least, that’s what they say.)

Everybody is different. In my experience things get more challenging, once you hit the higher levels (from HSK 4 upward). But, in the end, that’s all relative. HSK 1 can be just as challenging if you’ve just started your journey.

Preparing for the HSK exam is no rocket science though. The requirements for each level are clear. The vocabulary doesn’t change. The exam structure does neither. Some basic planning will do:

  1. Get an overview of the HSK vocabulary for your target level and HSK grammar points. And get your hands on some mock HSK exams for practice.
  2. Plan how much time you need to get those characters and grammar patterns into your brain. How much (learning) time do you have available?
  3. Develop a schedule based on all that.
  4. Stick to your schedule as much as you can, track your progress by writing occasional mock exams. How are you improving? Are you ready for the final test?

Know every detail about the test

What is there to know about a test? It’s a test, right? Why should I know everything about the test? That’s not what a test is all about.

Right.

But common experience shows: Getting an epic HSK score is as much about knowing your stuff as it is about knowing the ins and outs of the test and pleasing the (Hanban) testers.

From its parts and basic procedure up to which pencil to bring and how to fill out the exam sheets!

Join your local HSK preparation class

Join a HSK preparation course if you can. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it’ll help you a great deal. If you put in the effort, nothing can go wrong. Your HSK teacher will guide you through the process and provide you with everything you need:

  • HSK materials
  • Teacher’s advice and guidance
  • Mock tests and evaluations

By the way, this Youtube channel was the closest thing I could find to HSK prep class.

Make flashcards of hard to remember characters

Yes, yes, flashcards again. Not very original, yet an effective method. You can do it the old-fashioned way or use one of the various apps like Anki, Pleco, Memrise etc. Just focus on those characters that tend to slip your memory. The pile of “easy” cards should grow to be the largest over time.

These three basic categories can help you organize things a little .

Check the relevant grammar and patterns for your HSK level

Since HSK is still a traditional test that focuses on reading and includes such exercises as putting words in the right order (to compose sentences), you’d best take a look at the relevant grammar points for your HSK level. Thanks to John Pasden’s grammar wiki, everything you need is online. If you prefer watching instead of reading this Youtube playlist can be of use.

Work on your “weakness”

Thanks to the results from your mock exam you know in which area to boost your score. The method is simple: invest more time in that domain and turn your weakness into one of your strengths.

That sure sounds nice, but how do I do that? Here are some tips for improving your HSK score on listening, reading and writing:

  • Listening: keep doing those HSK listening exercises until you start hearing the familiar Chinese voices in your sleep. Although the typical HSK dialogues are very unnatural to say the least, listening to the endless stream of short conversations helps to cement all that new vocabulary.
  • Reading: for most HSK participants the reading part is a fight against time. If you feel like you’re still too slow: read more (yes.. I know) and work on your vocabulary. The more familiar you are with the characters, the easier it gets. This takes time, but it’s worth the effort.
  • Writing: Writing characters under pressure of time can be a troublesome business. You don’t need to be able to write every character! Build around the characters you can write and start composing simple sentences. Don’t make it too difficult. Use basic verbs like 有,是,喜欢,知道。If you have to hit a minimum amount of characters, use “filler words” like 特别,非常,有的时候, 最近,越来越 and standard phrases 按照我的看法 and other sentences you’ve used before. Just make sure you’ve prepared your little Hanzi toolkit when the exam day arrives.

Read the answers first

When you’re finally writing the test, keep in mind to read the multiple choice answers first. That is to say, you sort of scan through them. Doesn’t matter whether it’s the listening or reading part.

Why? It’s simple: The answers usually provide more context than the questions do and they take less time to read! Once you run through the a, b, c, d options, you know what to focus on. Otherwise, you’ll loose a lot of brain capacity taking in ALL information. The truth is that you don’t need to. Skim through the answers, get the context and concentrate your attention on the relevant stuff.

HSK 5 mock exam

Those are my tips! What helped you beat the HSK exam? How hard was it really? Feel free to leave a comment below…