New HSK 1: Word List PDF & Infographic 2021

Apr 13, 2021 | HSK

As the new HSK standards were released in March 2021, we’ve spent this time analyzing the new HSK 1 vocabulary word list to provide you with a detailed analysis of the new HSK vocabulary – so you can know what’s coming, and begin preparing for the new exam.

In this post, we look at the New HSK 1 Vocabulary List for Level 1 in 2021 in detail.

For a PDF download, scroll down to the bottom👇

New HSK 1 Word List Infographic

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New HSK 1 Word List: Vocabulary Analysis

The new HSK1 has 500 words.

The old HSK1 only had 150 words.

Good news: out of those 150 words, 138 still appear in the new HSK!
Bad news: there are 362 other new words coming in from old HSK2, 3, 4, as well as some completely new.

  NEW HSK WORDS OLD HSK WORDS
TOTAL 500 150
COMING FROM THE OLD HSK 138  
COMPLETELY NEW 362  

Example: New HSK 1 Verbs of Movement

Take, for example, Verbs of Movement.

The old HSK list used to have only 3 basic verbs – (qù, “to go”) and (lái, “to come”) and (huí, “to return”), but the new HSK 1 list was extended to include new verbs such as (jìn, “to enter”), (chū, “to go out”), (dào, “to reach”), (zǒu, “to leave”) from the old HSK2, as well as all possible combinations of them:

CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH PART OF SPEECH NEW?
to go (verb)
lái to come (verb)
dào to reach; to (verb) NEW
来到 láidào to come to (verb) NEW
chū to go out (verb) NEW
出来 chūlái to come out (verb) NEW
出去 chūqù to go out (verb) NEW
huí to go back (verb)
回到 huídào to go back to (verb) NEW
回来 huílái to come back (verb) NEW
回去 huíqù to go back (verb) NEW
jìn to enter (verb) NEW
进来 jìnlái to come in (verb) NEW
进去 jìnqù to go in (verb) NEW
zǒu to leave; to walk (verb)

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Example: New HSK 1 Food-Related Nouns

Another example is the topic of food. See how many new food-related words have been added to the new HSK1:

FOOD        
CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH PART OF SPEECH NEW?
包子 bāozi steamed bun(s) (noun) NEW
cài dish (noun)  
chī to eat (verb)  
饿 è hungry (adj) NEW
fàn rice (noun) NEW
好吃 hǎochī good; delicious (of food) (adj) NEW
鸡蛋 jīdàn egg(s) (noun) NEW
面包 miànbāo bread (noun) NEW
面条儿 miàntiáor noodles (noun) NEW
米饭 mǐfàn (cooked) rice (noun)  
ròu meat (noun) NEW
水果 shuǐguǒ fruit (noun)  
MEALS        
CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH PART OF SPEECH NEW?
晚饭 wǎnfàn dinner (noun) NEW
午饭 wǔfàn lunch (noun) NEW
早饭 zǎofàn breakfast (noun) NEW

Example: New HSK 1 Drinks-Related Nouns

The same goes for drinks. A lot of new drink-related words from other levels were added:

DRINKS        
CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH PART OF SPEECH NEW?
杯子 bēizi cup; glass (noun)  
chá tea (noun)  
to drink (verb)  
thirsty (adj) NEW
nǎi milk (noun) NEW
牛奶 niúnǎi cow’s milk (noun) NEW
shuǐ water (noun)

New HSK 1 Word List: PDF Download

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Further Reading

New HSK 2: Word List PDF & Infographic 2021

New HSK 2: Word List PDF & Infographic 2021

In our previous post, we took a close look at the new HSK 1 vocabulary list and analyzed the new words. In this post, we continue analyzing the new HSK and look at the new HSK2 Vocabulary word list for Level 2 in 2021. For a free HSK2 PDF download, scroll down to the...

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16 Comments

  1. yany cabrera

    this is amazing

    Reply
      • Namood E Sahar

        I want the category wise list. Like words in food, meals etc.

        Reply
  2. Emma

    Wow why the removed 怎么样? Or cat and dog? And taxi ?! Doesn’t make sense at all 😅

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    • That's Mandarin

      Yes! The changes are a bit strange. But those words didn’t disappear completely, they were just moved to HSK2… Looks like the list developers thought that “cat” and “dog” aren’t necessary for survival 😄

      Reply
  3. David

    Thanks for the list, this is very informative!

    Reply
  4. Maria

    Thanks for the list, very helpful. If you don’t mind please list for the HSK 2 and 3 too, I’m sure many self-learner need this

    Reply
  5. Rohan Khorwal

    Nín hao! I registered to get the pdf of new vocabulary but not getting email please help

    Reply
    • That's Mandarin

      Hi Rohan, it should open by itself on the browser, it is not sent through email. Hope it works!

      Reply
  6. Dan

    So when will the student textbooks and workbooks for HSK 1 – HSK 9 be available to the market?

    Reply
  7. Sara

    Thank you for sharing!💝

    Reply
  8. Sara

    Hi, updated comment.
    It let me download the list when I hit the back botton on my phone, when I left the website, hope it helps you too. ^ ^

    Reply
  9. Shreyash Narade

    I’m not able to download this new Chinese- English list

    Reply
    • That's Mandarin

      Hi Shreyash! We’ve just tested the form and it seems to be working fine, try following these steps:
      1. Fill in the name & email fields, make sure the email is valid;
      2. Click ‘GET PDF’ button once;
      3. Wait a few seconds for the page to load, it might take a bit longer depending on your connection

      If the steps above fail, let us know, we’ll send the PDF to you in an email 🙂

      Reply

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