2019-11-20master

China’s favorite snack: 瓜子 – HSK 6 Reading Practice

What kind of snacks do you like to eat? In this HSK 6 level reading practice we'll take a look at a common Chinese snack. As you read through the practice sentences you may learn some new words and have a chance to better understand Chinese culture. Growing up I remember eating seeds with my grandma while watching TV. As you read you will learn more about China, Chinese culture and even Chinese food. 

By the time you are an HSK level 6, you are comfortable reading a lot of Chinese. You'll find on our Chinese reading app that there are all sorts of advanced stories for you to dive into. Whenever you need assistance you can quickly access pinyin and translations. We even have Chinese dictionaries with more examples linked, such as Pleco. Try the sentences below and when you're ready, try our full lessons. They are available both on the "Du Chinese" app and on our website. 

Practice Sentences: 

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zài
(located) at, (to be) in
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
 
liáo
to chat
jiā cháng
家常
家常
the daily life of a family
 
liáo
to chat
bā guà
八卦
八卦
gossip
de
(used after an attribute)
shí hou
时候
時候
time
yào
must, to have to
yǒu
to have, there is
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
 
kàn
to look at, to watch
diàn shì jù
电视剧
電視劇
TV play, soap opera
de
(used after an attribute)
shí hou
时候
時候
time
yào
must, to have to
yǒu
to have, there is
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
 
féng nián guò jié
逢年过节
逢年過節
at the Chinese New Year or other festivities
gèng
even more, further
shì
is, are
yào
must, to have to
yǒu
to have, there is
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
zuò wéi
作为
作為
to act as
líng zuǐ
零嘴
零嘴
nibbles, snacks between meals
 

In China, when talking about daily life or gossiping, you need to have seeds. When you look at TV dramas, you need to have seeds. During the Chinese New Year festivities, seeds are an even more important snack.

Character set
Pinyin
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guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
de
(used after an attribute)
zhǒng lèi
种类
種類
kind, type, category
jiào
comparatively, rather
duō
many, much
 
yǒu
to have, there is
kuí huā zǐ
葵花子
葵花子
sunflower seeds
 
diào guā zǐ
吊瓜子
吊瓜子
kigelia seeds
 
xī guā zǐ
西瓜子
西瓜子
watermelon seeds
 
nán guā zǐ
南瓜子
南瓜子
pumpkin seeds
 
huáng guā zǐ
黄瓜子
黃瓜子
cucumber seeds
děng
et cetera, and so on
 
wǒ men
我们
我們
we, us
jīng cháng
经常
經常
frequently, often
zuò wéi
作为
作為
to act as
líng shí
零食
零食
snacks, between-meal nibbles
chī
to eat
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
yǒu
to have, there is
kuí huā zǐ
葵花籽
葵花籽
sunflower seeds
and
nán guā zǐ
南瓜子
南瓜子
pumpkin seeds
 

There are many different types of seeds. There are sunflower seeds, kigelia seeds, watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds, and cucumber seeds. The ones we usually use as snacks are sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Character set
Pinyin
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suī rán
虽然
雖然
although, even though
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
bìng
(not) at all
méi yǒu
没有
沒有
to not have
tè bié
特别
特別
especially, special, unusual
měi wèi
美味
美味
delicious, delicacy
 
dàn
but, however
to crack (seeds) between one's teeth
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
què
yet, however
sì hū
似乎
似乎
apparently, to seem, to appear
yǒu
to have, there is
zhǒng
classifier: type, kind, sort
mó lì
魔力
魔力
magic, magic power
 
zhǐ
only, merely
yào
must, to have to
you (informal)
as soon as
zhān
to moisten, to touch
shàng
(after verb) indicating the start of an action
guā zǐ
瓜子
瓜子
sunflower seeds, melon seeds
 
jiù
just (emphasis)
hěn
very
nán
difficult (to...), problem, difficulty
tíng
to stop, to halt
xia lai
下来
下來
(after verb of motion, indicates motion down and towards us, also fig.), (indicates continuation from the past towards us)
 

Even though seeds don’t have any especially tasty flavor, cracking seeds seems to have some kind of magic. As soon as you pick up one seed, it is very difficult to stop.

Character set
Pinyin

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