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HSK Level 3 Vocabulary List

This page contains the HSK 3 word list outlining the 300 new words introduced at level 3 of the HSK.

HSK 3 builds on the previous exam levels bringing the total recommended vocabulary to 600 words and introduces 270 new Chinese characters. A free HSK level 3 PDF download is also available below.

Level 3 of the HSK is designed for learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour.



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modal particle ending sentence, showing affirmation, approval, or consent
maternal aunt / step-mother / childcare worker / nursemaid / woman of similar age to one's parents (term of address used by child) / CL:个
low / short (in length)
interest / hobby / appetite for / CL:个
quiet / peaceful / calm
to hold / to contain / to grasp / to take hold of / a handle / particle marking the following noun as a direct object / classifier for objects with handle
to move / to shift / to remove / to transport / to apply indiscriminately / to copy mechanically
team / class / squad / work shift / classifier for groups / ranking / surname Ban / CL:个
means / method / way (of doing sth) / CL: (tiáo), 个
an office / business premises / a bureau / CL: (jiān)
half / semi- / incomplete / (after a number) and a half
to help / to lend a hand / to do a favor / to do a good turn
to cover / to wrap / to hold / to include / to take charge of / package / wrapper / container / bag / to hold or embrace / bundle / packet / to contract (to or for) / surname Bao / CL:个, (zhī)
to eat till full / satisfied
north / the northern part a country / China north of the Yellow River
by (indicates passive-voice sentences or clauses) / quilt / to cover (literary)
nose / CL:个, (zhī)
compare / contrast / fairly / comparatively / relatively / quite / rather
competition (sports etc) / match / CL: (chǎng), ()
notebook / CL: (běn)
to have to / must / compulsory / necessarily
change / variation / to change / to vary / CL:个
others
icebox / freezer cabinet / refrigerator / CL: (tái), 个
not only ... but also...
menu / CL: (fèn), (zhāng)
to participate / to take part / to join
grass / straw / manuscript / draft (of a document) / careless / rough / CL: (), (zuǒ), (zhū), (gēn)
layer / stratum / laminated / floor (of a building) / storey / classifier for layers / repeated / sheaf (math.)
differ from / short of / to lack / poor
supermarket (abbr.) / CL: (jiā)
shirt / blouse / CL: (jiàn)
city / town / CL: (zuò)
achievement / performance records / grades / CL: (xiàng), 个
to arrive late
besides / apart from (... also...) / in addition to / except (for)
a boat / vessel / ship / CL: (tiáo), (sōu), (zhī)
spring (time) / gay / joyful / youthful / love / lust / life
dictionary (of Chinese compound words) / CL: (), (běn)
acute (of sight and hearing) / clever / intelligent / bright / smart
to clean / to sweep
to plan / to intend / to calculate / plan / intention / calculation / CL:个
band / belt / girdle / ribbon / tire / area / zone / region / to wear / to carry / to lead / to bring / to look after / to raise / CL: (tiáo)
anxious / worried / uneasy / to worry / to be anxious
cake / CL: (kuài), 个
of course / without doubt / only natural / as it should be / certainly
-ly / structural particle: used before a verb or adjective, linking it to preceding modifying adverbial adjunct
lamp / light / lantern / CL: (zhǎn)
region / regional (away from the central administration)
subway / metro