Chinese Language Learning – Question: Do you think someone with HSK3 should be able to understand a Chinese Nursery Rhyme?

>!Sorry, this was a trick question.!< I’m putting it forward though to start a discussion as to how much the HSK teaching materials (don’t) overlap with natural language acquisition for Chinese children. As I have been thinking of what kind of resources meant for native students are relevant to Chinese language students.

But, it quickly goes to show after doing some research: Just because something is meant for toddlers doesn’t mean it’s immediately understood by people who have HSK1/2/3. [Let’s take this nursery rhyme for example](* and take a look at some of the words featured in it that are post-beginner (I’m using the [new HSK levels]( here):

1. 统统 (advanced)
2. 救命 (intermediate)
3. 烦 (intermediate)
4. 啦 (intermediate)
5. 筐 (advanced)
6. 逛 (intermediate)
7. 甜品 (intermediate**)
8. 尝 (intermediate)
9. 汪 (auxiliary)
10. 缺氧(advanced**)
11. 可怜虫(intermediate**)

The song doesn’t even have 11 unique sentences. If we were going by the old Hanban model of only allowing HSK vocabulary in its teaching/testing material then this nursery rhyme meant for toddlers has already introduced enough advanced vocabulary for it to be limited to the new HSK7-8-9.

This isn’t meant to be taken as a “Haha! Your Chinese sucks!” kind of post. I can understand that some people might get demotivated with a post like this, and I apologize for that. What I’m trying to aim at is that the HSK is a learning path, which doesn’t properly overlap with how students in China learn the language. Getting a high passing grade on the HSK is great if you’re using it to pass a requirement, but its contents don’t really translate how you might expect them to. And while the new HSK reshuffling will have [a positive effect on when words are learnt]( (this list of words would’ve been a bit longer if I used the current HSK2.0 levels), it is still a language tool meant for adults to become familiarized with the language.***

# So! Keep learning and don’t use “being a grown-up” as an excuse to not [watch Peppa Pig](!


(*)>! Just be glad I didn’t use the Chinese version of Baby Shark.!<

(**) >!These words aren’t part of the HSK vocab, but their constituent characters are.!<

(***) >!Just like children I’d prefer to have conversations about parrots (鹦鹉) and barking dogs (汪汪的狗), but most adults would probably want to know how what bankruptcy (破产) is in Chinese.!<

[View Poll](

View Reddit by A-V-A-WeylandView Source

Simple and Popular ESL Sentence Game: "Bull's Eye"
Chinese Language Learning – Classifying Chinese compound sentences based on the number of clauses and “connectors” (with example sentences)
30 EASY One-on-One ESL Activities
ESL Games For Young Learners | Community Games with Muxi
अंग्रेजी खुद मुँह से निकलेगी, Spoken English के 500+ Daily Use Sentences, Kanchan English Connection
286.ሶስቱ የእንግሊዝኛ መሰረቶች በአንድ ላይ/the secret of English grammar
English Shika Sopya Paddhti | Easy English Learning | English Speaking Practice
How to introduce yourself in English | Introducing yourself | Learn English | Sunshine English
How This Guy Learned Fluent Chinese by Age 21 | Method Breakdown @xiaomanyc
Chinese Language Learning – Classifying Chinese compound sentences based on the number of clauses and “connectors” (with example sentences)
200 Chinese Conversation Phrases for Beginners – Easy & Slow
Chinese Language Learning – Tutorial: How To Make Three-Sided Flashcards in Anki
Learn Spanish: ALL about GUSTAR – "Me gusta", "A mí me gusta", "Me gustas", "Me gustan"…
Learn to Speak Spanish With *ELASTIC* Approach
How To Learn Spanish FAST With Netflix (Updated Version)
The Fastest Way to Learn a New Language: The Video Game Map Theory