Learning Chinese 301: Vocabulary Building

It’s time to work on building up some Chinese vocabulary.  A very nice set of Chinese vocabulary lists grouped by word/phrase complexity (and prepared as study lists for the HSK exam) can be found HERE.  Individual lists with definitions, ordered in increasing word/phrase complexity, are directly linked below:

Level 1 Chinese Vocabulary
Level 2 Chinese Vocabulary
Level 3 Chinese Vocabulary
Level 4 Chinese Vocabulary
Level 5 Chinese Vocabulary
Level 6 Chinese Vocabulary

The lists are structured as 5 columns:

Screenshot 2015-06-05 at 6.17.07 PM

Column 1 = Simplified Chinese characters
Column 2 = Traditional Chinese characters
Column 3 = HanYu PinYin with numbers representing tones
Column 4 = HanYu PinYin with accent marks representing tones
Column 5 = English definition(s)

(Note that in many cases, as in the image of the partial list above, the Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters are the same.  Can you spot the 2 characters that are different in the above image?)


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With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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