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Recommended books for advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese (HSK 5)

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Almost there? Ace your HSK 5 examination by boosting your learning game with these selected books. We guarantee that you will be pleased with any of the books that you pick. 

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Preparing for the HSK 5 exam? No worries, we got you covered. Pick from our specially selected books for your level of knowledge and score as much as possible on your advanced Mandarin Chinese test. Our selection includes books that focus primarily on reading and listening for the advanced learner of Mandarin Chinese. 

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HSK Standard Course Level 5a covers 1200 words (of Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5a) and language points required by the HSK Level 5 test. The book is illustrated with photos that match the test’s style and is printed in full colour. 

This course is developed for students who want to learn all aspects of the Chinese language. You will get a lot of practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also matches the HSK test in all aspects, from the content and form to the levels. So students can attend the HSK level 5 test after finishing this course.

There are 18 lessons in this course. The topics are as follows:

Lesson 1 ài de 细节 xìjié Details of Love

Lesson 2 liú chuàn yào shī gěi Leaving a Bunch of Keys to Our Parents

Lesson 3 rén shēng yǒu 选择 xuǎnzé 一切 yīqiè gǎi biàn Having Choices in Life Makes Change Possible

Lesson 4 子路 Zǐ Lù bēi Zilu Carrying Rice

Lesson 5 济南 Jǐ nán de quán Shuǐ Spring Water in Ji’nan

Lesson 6 除夕 Chúxī de 由来 yóu lái Origin of Chuxi

Lesson 7 成语 chéngyǔ 故事 gùshì liǎng Two Idiom Stories

Lesson 8 Cháo Sān de jīn Three at Dawn and Four at Dusk

Lesson 9 Bié yàng xùn The Lu Xun You Don’t Know

Lesson 10 争论 zhēnglùn de 奇迹 qíjì Miracle of Debate

Lesson 11 闹钟 nào zhōng de 危害 wēihài Harm of Alarm Clocks

Lesson 12 海外 hǎi wài 用户 yònghù 玩儿 wán r 微信 Wēi xìn Overseas Users of WeChat

Lesson 13 diào shēng huó de kuāng de ” Cutting Off the “Bottom of the Basket” in Life

Lesson 14 北京 Běijīng de 合院 hé yuàn Quadrangle Courtyards in Beijing

Lesson 15 zhǐ shǎng Tán bīng Being an Armchair Stategist

Lesson 16 体重 tǐ zhòng 节食 jié shí Weight and Diet

Lesson 17 zài zuì Měi hǎo de 时刻 shíkè 离开 líkāi Ending at the Best Moment

Lesson 18 chōu xiàng shù Měi Měi Abstract Art: Beautiful or Not?

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HSK Standard Course Level 5b covers 1500 words (of Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and language points required by the HSK Level 5 test. The book is illustrated with photos that match the test’s style and is printed in full colour.

This course is developed for students who want to learn all aspects of the Chinese language. You will get a lot of practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also matches the HSK test in all aspects, from the content and form to the levels. So students can attend the HSK level 5 test after finishing this course.

There are 18 lessons in this course. The topics are as follows:

Lesson 19 家乡 jiāxiāng de luó bo bǐng Turnip pancakes in my hometown

Lesson 20 xiǎo rén Shū tān Picture-story book stalls

Lesson 21 汉字 hàn zì 叔叔 shūshu 美国 Měi guó rén de 汉字 hàn zì 情愫 qíng sù Uncle Hanzi: The predestined love of an American for Chinese Characters

Lesson 22 阅读 yuèdú 思考 sīkǎo Reading and thinking

Lesson 23 放手 fàng shǒu Letting go

Lesson 24 支教 zhī jiào 行动 xíngdòng Volunteer teaching

Lesson 25 gěi 自己 zìjǐ 加满 jiā mǎn Shuǐ Adding up the load on yourself

Lesson 26 shǔ 一种 yī zhǒng máng ” Which kind of “busy” person are you

Lesson 27 下棋 xià qí Playing chess

Lesson 28 zuì shòu 欢迎 huānyíng de 毕业生 bì yè shēng The most popular graduate

Lesson 29 péi yǎng duì shǒu Training your rivals

Lesson 30 jìng zhēng ràng shì cháng gēng Gāo xiào Competition makes the market more efficient

Lesson 31 děng Mén kǎn xiào Yìng Foot-in-the-door effect

Lesson 32 身边 shēn biān de 环保 huán bǎo Protecting the environment around

Lesson 33 zhì — — 缓解 huǎnjiě jiāo tōng yǒu 妙招 miào zhāo Treating congestion with congestion: An intelligent way to relieve traffic burden

Lesson 34 鸟儿 niǎo r de 护肤 hù fū shù How birds take care of their feathers

Lesson 35 植物 zhíwù huì chū hán Plants also sweat

Lesson 36 老舍 Lǎo Shě 养花 yǎng huā Lao She and his flowers


As the teaching of Chinese increasingly uses simplified characters, this new version of the popular A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese fills an important gap in Chinese-language instruction.

The two-volume primer is addressed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of Chinese language students who were raised in the United States in Chinese-speaking homes and speak the language but cannot read or write it.

This text develops lessons around readings on Chinese:

  • history
  • culture
  • geography
  • literature
  • folktales and
  • mythology
  • customs
  • cuisine.

The Princeton Language Program: Modern Chinese

Eyes on China is the ideal textbook for students entering the third year of a four-year course of Chinese language study and those who are ready to move from an intermediate to advanced level. Bridging the gap between informal spoken Chinese and more formal written Chinese, this textbook presents an on-the-ground perspective of what a visitor to China today might see and experience.

Unlike other advanced-level textbooks, which typically feature essays, articles, and reviews from Chinese newspapers and magazines, the selections included here have all been written by the authors expressly for this book. They cover a range of timely China-related topics, including the problem of air pollution, corruption, infrastructure development, the development of high-speed rail, the prevalence of knock-off products in the marketplace, new tech trends, the contemporary art scene, and the relationship between mainland China and Taiwan. Each chapter’s featured text is accompanied by grammar structure explanations, a vocabulary list, and other useful tools.

  • An ideal textbook for students progressing to advanced-level Chinese language study
  • Brand-new materials present a comprehensive understanding of China today
  • Features original selections enhanced by grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and other tools

Oh, China! is a textbook for the growing number of “advanced beginners” who are studying Mandarin Chinese.

These are students who, usually because of their Chinese family backgrounds, can speak and understand elementary Mandarin, but cannot read or write well enough for an intermediate course.

Most first-year texts serve advanced beginners poorly by focusing on elementary vocabulary and conversation that the students already know. 

In contrast, this book offers help with what they most need: reading and writing, grammar, and achievement of standard pronunciation.

The content of the lessons has also been chosen to appeal specifically to advanced beginners. There are three clusters of topics: the home and social life of young Chinese- Americans, the notions of “overseas Chinese” and their ties to China, and important figures in modern Chinese history. Each lesson is given in both traditional and simplified characters, and, for the first fifteen lessons, in hanyu pinyin as well. The lessons are accompanied by vocabulary lists, grammar notes, usage exercises, and character stroke-order charts. The book begins with a detailed chapter on “foundation work” in Mandarin pronunciation, complete with exercises. It concludes with a complete Chinese-to-English vocabulary index.

Oh, China! is designed for one year’s study at the college level and will prepare students to enter third-year courses. The latest in a series of Chinese language texts published by Princeton University Press, it will meet an important and growing need in the teaching and study of Mandarin.

五级听和读 With Provided AUDIOS! Simplified Character Edition: Improve Your Chinese With Enjoyment, Chinese Graded Readers

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Would you like to improve your Chinese?

Are you sometimes clueless about the meaning of a Chinese character? Or do you know the meaning, but you forget the word? HSK 5+ READING: Chinese Graded Reader teaches you to recognize HSK 5 simplified Chinese characters and read with confidence, speed and accuracy. 

You learn how the vocabulary words are used in everyday speaking and everyday writing so you can recognize them quickly when you read and use them naturally when you speak Chinese. An easy and interesting way to improve your Chinese.As you go through the book you will be able to:- Easily read 25 interesting stories-Solidify your reading skills and recognize HSK 5 characters like a pro-Increase your vocabulary-Download free audio files on your smart phone and listen to the correct pronunciation of each character while you read- Listen to the audio files separately to improve your listening skills- Learn HSK 5-level expressions and when to use themThis graded reader is written by a Chinese teacher with 18 years of teaching experience. Reading this book is easy because you have everything in one place: the simplified Chinese character and free audio to hear the words while you read.Who is this book for?Have you almost finished HSK 5? Do you want to solidify your reading skills? This book is for advanced-level Chinese learners who want to build a strong foundation in HSK, read with ease, master the vocabulary, and venture into everyday life learning. More advanced learners can use this book to review HSK 5, and learn new words from the bonus vocabulary included by the author. After this book, you’ll be able to read faster, save time, and lay a strong foundation for the future of your Chinese learning.[Scroll up to the top and buy this book now]
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A Boy and his Dragon

Once upon a time, a Little Boy was living in a village near the woods. One day, a Dragon came out of the cave secluded in the middle of the forest and began to relentlessly follow the Little Boy, always breathing on the back of his neck, burning the young boy at his slightest misstep.

The child received refuge in an old Temple where there were no mirrors allowed, and it was forbidden to speak of life before entering the sanctum. Ancient books, hidden rooms with unimaginable treasures and beauty beyond comprehension, became part of the boy’s new life.

Time went by until, one day, the now old young boy accidentally glimpses his own reflection in a pond. The Dragon smiled back.

Come for Knowledge. Stay for Wisdom.

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