2020-03-10elementary

Bus to the Library – HSK 2 Reading Practice

Getting around in China is not always easy. I always say that I love metro systems and I hate taking buses. When I lived in Hangzhou there was only one metro line so buses were usually the only option. I had a friend who would just hop on a bus and ride around until she got to a place that she recognized. Sometimes she would literally just sit and ride the bus for two hours to see where it goes! It was crazy. She didn’t speak Chinese so she had a hard time figuring out what to do. You can figure out buses much more quickly by learning the words in this HSK level 2 reading practice.

As you probably already know, the first two HSK levels have 150 characters each. If you learned around 10 characters a day that means that you could learn them all in 2 weeks! That’s pretty amazing. In order to make those characters useful you’ll need to combine them together in sentences and then really begin to understand what they mean. That’s why encourage so much reading practice, so you can understand context and how to actually use the words you know. You’ll also learn more words that are frequently used which will help you naturally expand your vocabulary

Reading Practice

After trying out the sentences, follow the links at the bottom of the page to view the full lessons.

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nǐ hǎo
你好
你好
Hello!
 
qǐng wèn
请问
請問
Excuse me, may I ask...?
sān
3
3
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
to go, to go to (a place)
tú shū guǎn
图书馆
圖書館
library
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 

Hello! May I ask if bus number 3 goes to the library?

Character set
Pinyin
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(negative prefix), not
to go, to go to (a place)
 
to go, to go to (a place)
tú shū guǎn
图书馆
圖書館
library
kě yǐ
可以
可以
can, may
zuò
to sit, to take a seat, to take (a bus, airplane etc)
5
5
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
 
7
7
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
and
8
8
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
 

It does not. To go to the library, you can take bus number 5, 7 or 8.

Character set
Pinyin
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a
interjection of surprise, Ah!
 
dàn shì
但是
但是
but, however
jīn tiān
今天
今天
today
shì
is, are
zhōu rì
周日
週日
Sunday
 
méi yǒu
没有
沒有
to not have
5
5
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
 
7
7
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
zǎo shang
早上
早上
morning, early morning
and
wǎn shang
晚上
晚上
evening, night
cái
only then, only
yǒu
to have, there is
 
xiàn
present, now
zài
(located) at, (to be) in
zhè
this, these
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
shí jiān
时间
時間
time
zhǐ
only, merely
yǒu
to have, there is
8
8
route, line (bus etc)
chē
car, vehicle
 

Ah, but today is Sunday, so there’s no number 5 bus. Bus number 7 only runs in the morning and evening. At this hour, there’s only bus number 8.

Character set
Pinyin

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If you'd like another HSK 2 level reading practice try this lesson

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