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HSK Level 2 Vocabulary List

This page contains the HSK 2 word list, outlining the vocabulary terms introduced at level 2 of the HSK

Vocabulary Term English Meaning

ba
(modal particle indicating suggestion or surmise); ...right?; ...OK?; ...I presume.

bái
white; snowy; pure; bright; empty; blank; plain; clear; to make clear; in vain; gratuitous; free of charge; reactionary; anti-communist; funeral; to stare coldly; to write wrong character; to state; to explain; vernacular; spoken lines in opera; surname Bai

bǎi
hundred; numerous; all kinds of; surname Bai

bāng zhù
assistance; aid; to help; to assist

bào zhǐ
newspaper; newsprint; CL: (fèn), (), | (zhāng)

(particle used for comparison and "-er than"); to compare; to contrast; to gesture (with hands); ratio; Belgium; Belgian; abbr. for | ( shí)

bié
to leave; to depart; to separate; to distinguish; to classify; other; another; don't ...!; to pin; to stick (sth) in; surname Bie

cháng
length; long; forever; always; constantly

chàng 
to sing a song

chū
to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to happen; classifier for dramas, plays, operas etc
穿
chuān
to wear; to put on; to dress; to bore through; to pierce; to perforate; to penetrate; to pass through; to thread

chuán
boat; vessel; ship; CL: | (tiáo), (sōu), | (zhī)

next in sequence; second; the second (day, time etc); secondary; vice-; sub-; infra-; inferior quality; substandard; order; sequence; hypo- (chemistry); classifier for enumerated events: time

cuò
mistake; wrong; bad; interlocking; complex; to grind; to polish; to alternate; to stagger; to miss; to let slip; to evade; to inlay with gold or silver; surname Cuo

 lán qiú
play basketball

 jiā
everyone; influential family; great expert

dàn shì
but; however

dào
to (a place); until (a time); up to; to go; to arrive; (verb complement denoting completion or result of an action)

de
structural particle: used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc

 di
younger brother; CL: | (), (wèi)

 
first; number one; primary

dǒng
to understand; to comprehend

duì
right; correct; couple; pair; towards; at; for; to face; opposite; to treat (sb a certain way); to match together; to adjust; to fit; to suit; to answer; to reply; classifier: couple

fáng jiān
room; CL: | (jiān), | ()

fēi cháng
very; very much; unusual; extraordinary

  yuán
waiter; waitress; attendant; customer service personnel; CL: | (), (wèi)

gāo
high; tall; above average; loud; your (honorific); surname Gao

gào su
to tell; to inform; to let know

 ge
older brother; CL: | (), (wèi)

gěi
to; for; for the benefit of; to give; to allow; to do sth (for sb); (grammatical equivalent of 被); (grammatical equivalent of 把); (sentence intensifier)

gōng gòng  chē
bus; CL: | (liàng), (bān)

gōng jīn
kilogram (kg)

gōng 
(business) company; company; firm; corporation; incorporated; CL: (jiā)

guì
expensive; noble; precious; (honorific) your

guò
to cross; to go over; to pass (time); to celebrate (a holiday); to live; to get along; excessively; too-; surname Guo

hái
still; still in progress; still more; yet; even more; in addition; fairly; passably (good); as early as; even; also; else

hái zi
child

hǎo chī
tasty; delicious

hào
ordinal number; day of a month; mark; sign; business establishment; size; ship suffix; horn (wind instrument); bugle call; assumed name; to take a pulse; classifier used to indicate number of people

hēi
black; dark; sinister; secret; shady; illegal; to hide (sth) away; to vilify; (loanword) to hack (computing); abbr. for Heilongjiang province | (hēi lóng jiāng)

hóng
red; popular; revolutionary; bonus; surname Hong

huān yíng
to welcome; welcome

huí 
to reply; to answer; the answer; CL: | ()

 chǎng
airport; airfield; CL: (jiā), | (chù)

 dàn
(chicken) egg; hen's egg; CL: | (), ()

jiàn
item; component; classifier for events, things, clothes etc

jiào shì
classroom; CL: | (jiān)

jiě jie
older sister; CL: | ()

jiè shào
to introduce (sb to sb); to give a presentation; to present (sb for a job etc); introduction

jìn
to go forward; to advance; to go in; to enter; to put in; to submit; to take in; to admit; (math.) base of a number system; classifier for sections in a building or residential compound

jiù
at once; right away; only; just (emphasis); as early as; already; as soon as; then; in that case; as many as; even if; to approach; to move towards; to undertake; to engage in; to suffer; subjected to; to accomplish; to take advantage of; to go with (of foods); with regard to; concerning

jué de
to think; to feel

 fēi
coffee (loanword); CL: (bēi)

kāi shǐ
to begin; beginning; to start; initial; CL: | ()

kǎo shì
to take an exam; exam; CL: ()

 néng
might (happen); possible; probable; possibility; probability; maybe; perhaps; CL: | ()

 
can; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good

subject; course; CL: | (mén); class; lesson; CL: (táng), | (jié); to levy; tax; form of divination

kuài
rapid; quick; speed; rate; soon; almost; to make haste; clever; sharp (of knives or wits); forthright; plainspoken; gratified; pleased; pleasant

kuài 
happy; merry

to leave; to part from; to be away from; (in giving distances) from; without (sth); independent of; one of the Eight Trigrams ( guà), symbolizing fire; ☲; surname Li

liǎng
two; both; some; a few; tael, unit of weight equal to 50 grams (modern) or 1⁄16 of a catty (jīn) (old)

road; CL: | (tiáo); journey; route; line (bus etc); sort; kind; surname Lu

 yóu
trip; journey; tourism; travel; tour; to travel

 shàng
at once; right away; immediately; on horseback (i.e. by military force)

mài
to sell; to betray; to spare no effort; to show off or flaunt

màn
slow

máng
busy; hurriedly; to hurry; to rush

měi
each; every

mèi mei
younger sister; young woman; CL: | ()

mén
gate; door; CL: (shàn); gateway; doorway; CL: | (); opening; valve; switch; way to do something; knack; family; house; (religious) sect; school (of thought); class; category; phylum or division (taxonomy); classifier for large guns; classifier for lessons, subjects, branches of technology; (suffix) -gate (i.e. scandal; derived from Watergate); surname Men

nán rén
a man; a male; men; CL: | ()

nín
you (courteous, as opposed to informal ())

niú nǎi
cow's milk; CL: (píng), (bēi)

 rén
woman

páng biān
lateral; side; to the side; beside

pǎo 
to run; to jog; (military) to march at the double
便
pián yi
cheap; inexpensive; small advantages; to let sb off lightly

piào
ticket; ballot; banknote; CL: | (zhāng); person held for ransom; amateur performance of Chinese opera; classifier for groups, batches, business transactions

 zi
wife; CL: | ()

 chuáng
to get out of bed; to get up

qiān
thousand

qíng
clear; fine (weather)

 nián
last year

ràng
to yield; to permit; to let sb do sth; to have sb do sth; to make sb (feel sad etc); by (indicates the agent in a passive clause, like (bèi))

shàng bān
to go to work; to be on duty; to start work; to go to the office

shēn 
the body; one's health; CL: (), | (); in person

shēng bìng
to fall ill

shēng 
birthday; CL: | ()

shí jiān
time; period; CL: (duàn)

shǒu biǎo
wrist watch; CL: | (kuài), | (zhī), | ()

shǒu 
cell phone; mobile phone; CL: (), (zhī)

shuǐ guǒ
fruit; CL: | ()

sòng
to deliver; to carry; to give (as a present); to present (with); to see off; to send

suǒ 
therefore; as a result; so; the reason why

it

  qiú
play soccer (football)

topic; problem for discussion; exam question; subject; to inscribe; to mention; CL: | (), (dào); surname Ti

tiào 
to dance

wài
outside; in addition; foreign; external

wán
to play; to have fun; to trifle with; toy; sth used for amusement; curio or antique (Taiwan pr: wàn); to keep sth for entertainment

wán
to finish; to be over; whole; complete; entire

wǎn shang
evening; night; CL: | (); in the evening

wèi shén me
why?; for what reason?

wèn
to ask

wèn 
question; problem; issue; topic; CL: | ()
西
 guā
watermelon; CL: | (), (), | (ge)

 wàng
to wish for; to desire; hope; CL: | ()

to wash; to bathe; to develop (photo)

xiǎo shí
hour; CL: | ()

xiào
laugh; smile; CL: | ()

xīn
new; newly; meso- (chemistry); abbr. for Xinjiang (xīn jiāng) or Singapore (xīn jiā ); surname Xin

xìng
family name; surname; CL: | (); to be surnamed

xiū xi
rest; to rest

xuě
snow; snowfall; CL: | (cháng); to have the appearance of snow; to wipe away, off or out; to clean; surname Xue

yán 
color; countenance; appearance; facial expression; pigment; dyestuff

yǎn jing
eye; CL: | (zhī), | (shuāng)

yáng ròu
mutton; goat meat

yào
important; vital; to want; to ask for; will; going to (as future auxiliary); may; must; (used in a comparison) must be; probably; if

yào
medicine; drug; substance used for a specific purpose (e.g. poisoning, explosion, fermenting); CL: | (zhǒng), (), (wèi); to poison

also; too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation; surname Ye

 
in the same place; together; with; altogether (in total)

 jīng
already

 si
idea; opinion; meaning; wish; desire; interest; fun; token of appreciation, affection etc; CL: | (); to give as a small token; to do sth as a gesture of goodwill etc

yīn
overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia; surname Yin

yīn wèi
because; owing to; on account of

yóu yǒng
swimming; to swim

yòu bian
right side; right, to the right

fish; CL: | (tiáo), (wěi); surname Yu

yuán
circle; round; circular; spherical; (of the moon) full; unit of Chinese currency (Yuan); tactful; to justify

yuǎn
far; distant; remote; (intensifier in a comparison) by far; much (lower etc)

yùn dòng
to move; to exercise; sports; exercise; motion; movement; campaign; CL: | (chǎng)

zài
again; once more; re-; second; another; then (after sth, and not until then)

zǎo shang
early morning; CL: | ()

zhāng
to open up; to spread; sheet of paper; classifier for flat objects, sheet; classifier for votes; surname Zhang

zhàng fu
husband; CL: | ()

zhǎo
to try to find; to look for; to call on sb; to find; to seek; to return; to give change

zhe
aspect particle indicating action in progress

zhēn
really; truly; indeed; real; true; genuine

zhèng zài
just at (that time); right in (that place); right in the middle of (doing sth)

zhǔn bèi
preparation; to prepare; to intend; to be about to; reserve (fund)

 xíng chē
bicycle; bike; CL: | (liàng)

zǒu
to walk; to go; to run; to move (of vehicle); to visit; to leave; to go away; to die (euph.); from; through; away (in compound verbs, such as (chè zǒu)); to change (shape, form, meaning)

zuì
most; the most; -est (superlative suffix)

zuǒ bian
left; the left side; to the left of