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Conversation topics in Chinese – HSK 5 Reading Practice

In this HSK 5 reading practice we'll take a look at some conversational topics in Chinese. At this level, Chinese conversation is one of the best ways that you can practice your language skills and expand your vocabulary. When you don't have someone to practice Chinese with, reading can bring you many of the same benefits.

In these example sentences you can find pronunciation and reading assistance as needed. At this level you will likely want to turn off pinyin initially and see what you can read without it. When needed you can hover over the word for pinyin and translations.

Suggestion for study:


  • Try to read the sentences with pinyin off

  • Hover over words or turn the pinyin on as needed

  • Listen to the recording to check your pronunciation

  • Follow the link at the bottom and practice reading the full script

Reading Practice

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bù guǎn
不管
不管
no matter (what, how), regardless of
you (informal)
shì
is, are
zài
(located) at, (to be) in
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
xué
to study, to learn
zhōng wén
中文
中文
Chinese, Chinese written language
 
hái shi
还是
還是
or, still, nevertheless, had better
tán
to speak, to discuss, to converse
shēng yi
生意
生意
business
 
zǒng
always
shǎo bu liǎo
少不了
少不了
cannot do without, to be unavoidable
with, together with
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
rén
person, people
liáo tiān
聊天
聊天
to chat, to gossip
 
with, together with
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
rén
person, people
liáo tiān
聊天
聊天
to chat, to gossip
yīng gāi
应该
應該
ought to, must
liáo
to chat
xiē
some (short for 一些), a few
shén me
什么
什麼
what
 

Whether you are in China to learn Chinese or for business, you inevitably have to chat with Chinese people. So what topics should you talk about with Chinese people?

Character set
Pinyin
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yì bān
一般
一般
in general
lái
to come round
shuō
to say, to speak, to explain
 
nián qīng rén
年轻人
年輕人
young people
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
liáo
to chat
yīn yuè
音乐
音樂
music
 
tǐ yù
体育
體育
sports, physical education
 
yú lè
娱乐
娛樂
to entertain, amusement, entertainment
bā guà
八卦
八卦
gossip
 
 
you (informal)
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
tīng
to listen, to hear
shén me
什么
什麼
what
song, to sing
 
”、“
you (informal)
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
de
(used after an attribute)
míng xīng
明星
明星
star, celebrity
shì
is, are
shéi
who
 
”、“
zuì jìn
最近
最近
recently, lately
guó zú
国足
國足
national soccer team
zěn me yàng
怎么样
怎麼樣
how, how about
le
(completed action marker)
 
děng
et cetera, and so on
 

Generally speaking, young people enjoy talking about music, sports, entertainment and gossip. “What songs do you like?”, “Who’s your favorite celebrity?”, “How’s the Chinese soccer team doing?”, etc.

Character set
Pinyin
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zhōng nián
中年
中年
middle age
rén
person, people
 
lǎo nián
老年
老年
elderly, old age
rén
person, people
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
liáo
to chat
jiā tíng
家庭
家庭
family, household
 
bǎo jiàn
保健
保健
health protection, health care, to maintain in good health
 
 
you (informal)
jiā
home, family
hái zi
孩子
孩子
child
shàng
to get onto, to go up
shén me
什么
什麼
what
xué xiào
学校
學校
school
 
”、“
wèi téng
胃疼
胃疼
stomachache
chī
to eat
shén me
什么
什麼
what
yào
medicine, drug
hǎo
good, well, very
 
děng
et cetera, and so on
 

Middle-agers and elders enjoy talking about family and health. “What school does your child go to?”, “What medicine should I take for stomachache?”, etc.

Character set
Pinyin

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