Contents: This page is for essential info about the HSK 2 and has a downloadable Excel sheet with the complete and new HSK 2 vocabulary. It also includes 3 quiz sheets to help you practice. 

  1. HSK 2 Introduction
  2. How Long to Study for the HSK 2 Test?
  3. HSK 2 Vocabulary List
  4. Downloadable HSK 2 Vocab List + Quiz Sheets

1. Intro to the HSK 2 Test

The HSK 2 is the second level of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or Chinese Proficiency Test. It doubles the 150 words of the HSK 1 with a total of 300 words. While still equivalent to a relatively low level of proficiency, preparing for the HSK 2 will allow you to get by in simple conversations and daily tasks. 

Like the HSK 1, the HSK 2 does not include a writing part. In other words, you’ll only have to do reading and listening on the test. Like all HSK exams, each section has 100 points. Also like the HSK 1, you will be given the Pinyin along with the Chinese characters. 

As the second of six tests, the HSK 2 is designed for simple, direct communication. It corresponds to A1, or some claim A2, proficiency per the CEFR. This level can be considered a bridge from the Chinese beginner stage to intermediate.

2. How Long to Study for the Test?

The HSK 2 list has 300 words and 347 total characters. As a guideline, a Chinese student who studied for two semesters should be able to pass this test. 

Note that this level also includes more complex grammar than the HSK 1. The estimated study time is 150 to 300 hours.

3. HSK 2 Vocabulary Full List

Below are the HSK 2 Vocabulary “New Words” List. You can find the full list at the bottom of the page. 

ABC
1
ChinesePinyinEnglish
2
nínyou
3
it
4
大家dàjiāeveryone
5
měievery
6
为什么wèishénmewhy
7
liǎngtwo
8
bǎihundred
9
qiānthousand
10
第一dìyīfirst
11
number
12
公斤gōngjīnkilogram
13
yuányuan
14
jiànpiece
15
zhāngsheet
16
biéother
17
非常fēichángvery
18
likewise
19
háirepay
20
zuìmost
21
zhēnreal
22
正在zhèngzàibe being
23
已经yǐjīngalready
24
一起yìqǐtogether
25
zàiagain
26
jiǜat once
27
因为yīnwèibecause
28
所以suǒyǐso
29
但是dànshìbut
30
cóngfrom
31
duìright
32
this
33
xiàngtowards
34
leave
35
de
36
zhe
37
guo
38
ba
39
饭馆fàn guǎnrestaunt
40
机场jīchǎngairport
41
教室jiàoshìclassroom
42
房间fángjiānroom
43
road
44
左边zuǒbiānleft
45
右边yòubiānright
46
wàiout
47
旁边pángbiānside
48
早上zǎoshàngmorning
49
晚上wǎnshàngnight
50
小时xiǎoshíhour
51
时间shíjiāntime
52
去年qùniánlast year
53
hàonumber
54
生日shēngrìbirthday
55
哥哥gēgebrother
56
姐姐jiějiesister
57
弟弟dìdiyounger brother
58
妹妹mèimeisis
59
丈夫zhàngfuhusband
60
妻子qīziwife
61
孩子háizichild
62
男人nánrénman
63
女人nǚrénwoman
64
服务员fúwùyuánwaiter
65
fish
66
羊肉yángròumutton
67
牛奶niúnǎimilk
68
鸡蛋jīdànegg
69
西瓜xīguāwatermelon
70
咖啡kāfēicoffee
71
自行车zìxíngchēbike
72
chuánboat
73
xuésnow
74
yàomedicine
75
手机shǒujīphone
76
手表shǒubiǎowatch
77
眼睛yǎnjīngeye
78
身体shēntǐbody
79
公共汽车gōnggòngqìchēbus
80
报纸bàozhǐnewspaper
81
汉语hànyǔChinese
82
桌子zhuōōzidesk
83
méndoor
84
topic
85
lesson
86
xìngsurname
87
问题wèntíquestion
88
事情shìqingmatter
89
考试kǎoshìexam
90
piàoticket
91
意思yìsimeaning
92
颜色yánsècolor
93
欢迎huānyíngwelcome
94
wènask
95
zǒuwalk
96
jìnenter
97
chūcome
98
跑步pǎobùrun
99
dàoarrive
100
穿chuānwear
101
wash
102
gěigive
103
zhǎofind
104
dǒngunderstand
105
xiàosmile
106
回答huídáanswer
107
告诉gàosùtell
108
准备zhǔnbèiprepare
109
开始kāishǐbegin
110
介绍jièshàointroduce
111
帮助bāngzhùhelp
112
wánplay
113
sòngpresent
114
děngwait
115
rànglet
116
起床qǐchuángget up
117
唱歌chànggēsing
118
跳舞tiàowǔdance
119
旅游lǚyóutravel
120
上班shàngbānbe on duty
121
生病shēngbìngfall ill
122
休息xiūxirest
123
运动yùndòngexercise
124
游泳yóuyǒngswim
125
踢足球tīzúqiúplay football
126
打篮球dǎlánqiúplay basketball
127
wánfinish
128
觉得juédéthink
129
知道zhīdàoknow
130
希望xīwànghope
131
可以kěyǐcan
132
yàoask for
133
可能kěnéngmay
134
gāotall
135
hóngred
136
báiwhite
137
hēiblack
138
mángbusy
139
kuàifast
140
mànslow
141
yuǎnfar
142
jìnclose
143
好吃hǎochīdelicious
144
lèitire
145
chánglong
146
xīnnew
147
guìexpensive
148
便宜piányicheap
149
qíngfine
150
yīncloudy
151
cuòwrong
152
快乐kuàilèhappy

4. Downloadable Vocabulary List + Quiz Sheets

You can download the Excel file of the complete HSK 2 list and randomized-order quiz sheets below. Quiz 1 is Chinese-to-Pinyin/English, Quiz 2 is Pinyin-to-Chinese/English, and Quiz 3 is English-to-Pinyin/Chinese.