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Chinese in Flow HSK 1

This is a resource for practicing Chinese characters. Specifically the characters for the HSK 1 test.
It is a simple click and match game that I hope can be useful for reviewing characters.

You can adjust things in anyway you like by clicking on the settings button. You can be presented with the 汉字, pinyin, English or audio and the match that to the characters, pinyin, English or any combination.

The idea is that you can study characters in a way that is mildly interesting and can hold your attention while also being rapid and repetitive. It’s also a little bit adaptive in that it repeats characters that you don’t know while shelving characters you know first time.

The 150 characters are split into sets of 30 and you choose which set you want to study at the second screen.

If you know most of the characters already and can match them easily then you eventually enter ‘sudden death’ mode where you quickly match the 30 character but then a single mistake ends the game.

The focus is completely on recognition rather than production. As I talk about in the “about” section the key idea is to re-enforce the instant of initial recognition. For example, concentrating on the same character for 30 seconds would be useful but in doing so you don’t practice the initial recognition of the character as you’re constantly thinking about it. Instead, if you have a few different characters and repeatedly have to recognize them in quick succession then the recognition is strengthened a lot more.

When learning English learners typically have to meet a word 6-9 times (ideally in different contexts and separated by different time spans) in order to comfortably know the word. With this in mind I set this to repeat characters that you don’t initially know again and again until you can correctly identify them 6 times.

I hope you can enjoy or find this stimulating and that you can improve your Chinese.

Leave any comments that you’d like.

48 thoughts on “HSK1

  1. helps me a lot because am near to present myself HSK1 test

    1. Yup, until 5 I think. My parents told me that I was on the bus with them and a sanrtger asked me what’s my name/how old I was, but I couldn’t even respond b/c I didn’t understand him. That’s when they realized if I didn’t know english, I’d have a lot of trouble at school and started only speaking english to me. That combined with me being teased for being chinese as a kid, so I didn’t want to speak it anymore. My parents still speak chinese to each other, so I can understand simple cantonese. cantonese has a lot more tones than mandarin, so when I took 2 semesters of mandarin in college, it was definitely easier for me to learn. In fact, my college had a separate class for us. There was a mandarin class for people with NO experience or exposure to the language, a class for mandarin-speakers (but who don’t know how to read or write), and a class for those who speak cantonese, but are learning mandarin. I know a little cantonese, and even less mandarin, but want to eventually be fluent in both.

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  3. great, but how does ben3 translate to “volume”?

  4. Great games!! Really useful stuff, I thought I knew all of these, but only when you can recall them instantaneously are they really ingrained in your memory.

  5. It’s a great idea; congratulations! Is there similar system using other languages?

  6. help me

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  11. Las aplicaciones no funcionan en el iPad

  12. Great resource! Thanks heap for sharing

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  15. such a Good work

  16. really so good… thanks Admin!!!

  17. Great help! 谢谢 very much!
    Something I don’t understand:
    朋友 in audio test mode is being asked for as “hóng you” and not “péng you”

  18. I genuinely enjoy studying on this website, it holds good content. Never fight an inanimate object. by P. J. O’Rourke.

  19. Funny funny

    1. I like

  20. This is an excellent and well developed training. Thank you for that.

    However, one funny thing I’ve just found (and certainly others before me regarding the scores):

    When you don’t move the pointer (mouse), search for the right answer and then rapidly move and click it, the answer at the next question will briefly appear in yellow (or at least brighter than the others) for a short moment, allowing you to click it faster again, and keep doing this until the end of the test, allowing you to win without even listening, apart for the first word. (:P)

  21. It is amazing!! I love practicing 🙂

  22. Like it

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  24. Nice

  25. Well done. The best type of website I found online. Makes learning the characters more interesting/fun.

  26. This is of great help…FANTASTIC

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  28. PERFECT GAME !!!! Most Helpfull things in Internet For HSK 1

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  31. good. i like

  32. verry good

  33. Great!

  34. Hi! I’ve been playing this game a lot and it’s been really helping me to memorize the characters, so first of all, thank you for this game! However, many times I enter “sudden death” mode even though I’m sure I chose the right option, could it be a bug or something?


  35. Awesome! 🙂

  36. Thank you so much!!

  37. great tool but where do I find the lists : which words are in 1-30 and 31-60?

  38. This is great!

  39. Try!

  40. Énorme

  41. The best way how to remember characters. Thank you very much 🙂

  42. Too bad we must return them.

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