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HSK Level 5 Vocabulary List

This page contains the HSK 5 word list outlining the 1300 new words introduced at level 5 of the HSK.

HSK 5 builds on the previous exam levels bringing the total recommended vocabulary to 2500 words and introduces 621 new Chinese characters. A free HSK level 5 PDF download is also available below.

Level 5 of the HSK is designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese.



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hey! / (interjection used to attract attention or to express surprise or disapprobation)
(interjection to express agreement or recognition) / to sigh
to take care of / to treasure / to cherish / to love and protect
to cherish / to treasure / to use sparingly
compassion / CL: (piàn)
to comfort / to console / CL:个
to install / to erect / to fix / to mount / installation
shore / bank / beach / coast / CL: | ()
dark / gloomy / hidden / secret / muddled / obscure / in the dark
to stay up late or all night
to grasp (also fig.) / to seize / to hold / assurance / certainty / sure (of the outcome)
to arrange / to exhibit / to move to and fro / a pendulum
to handle / to transact / to conduct
in the evening / when night falls / towards evening / at night fall / at dusk
wrap up / bind up / bundle / parcel / package / CL:个
to contain / to embody / to include
to comprise / to include / to involve / to incorporate / to consist of
thin / cold in manner / indifferent / weak / light / infertile
to keep / to maintain / to hold / to preserve
to conserve / to preserve / to keep / to save (a file etc) (computing)
to preserve / to maintain / to retain / to continue to have / to reserve / reservations / to hold back (approval or acceptance)
insurance / to insure / safe / secure / be sure / be bound to / CL: (fèn)
treasured object / treasure / darling / baby / cowry / good-for-nothing or queer character
valuable / precious / value / treasure / set store by
to check in / to report for duty / to register
report / to report (new) / CL: (piān), (fèn)
to inform / report / make known / speech / talk / lecture / CL: (piān), (fèn), 个, (tòng)
general office of a newspaper / newspaper office / CL: (jiā)
to complain / to grumble
pessimistic
the back of a body or object / to turn one's back / to hide something from / to learn by heart / to recite from memory
background / backdrop / context / CL: (zhǒng)
quilt / CL: (chuáng)
undergraduate course / undergraduate (adjective)
skill / ability / capability / CL: (xiàng), 个
essence / nature / innate character / intrinsic quality
each other / one another
proportion / scale
inevitable / certain / necessity
necessary / essential / indispensable / required
after all / all in all / when all is said and done / in the final analysis
to avert / to prevent / to avoid / to refrain from
to edit / to compile / editor / compiler
firecrackers / a string of small firecrackers / CL: (méi)
convenient / as convenient / ordinary / plain / when the chance arises / handy / easy / informal / simple / so / thus / to relieve oneself / to urinate / to defecate / equivalent to 就: then / in that case / even if / soon afterwards
debate / argument / to argue over / CL: (chǎng), ()
punctuation / a punctuation mark / to punctuate / CL:个
sign / mark / symbol / symbolize / to indicate / to mark
to voice (an opinion) / to express / to convey
surface / face / outside / appearance