2019-12-08master

A Journey to the West – HSK 6 Reading Practice

This HSK 6 level reading practice introduces a few classic Chinese novels. These are novels that would be a great opportunity for you to stretch your Chinese reading muscles. Chinese literature is written in a style that can differ greatly from spoken Chinese. For this reason we have readings available written as stories and as conversations. Check out the sentences below and then let us know what you think on Facebook!

Suggestion for Study

When reading these example sentences try the following study method: 

  • Read with no assistance (turn off translation)
  • Read along with the audio
  • Try to understand the context 
  • Go back and search the definitions of words you still do not understand

Reading Practice

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xī yóu jì
西游记
西遊記
Journey to the West, Ming dynasty novel by Wu Cheng'en, one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature
 
and
 
sān guó yǎn yì
三国演义
三國演義
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature
 
》、《
hóng lóu mèng
红楼梦
紅樓夢
A Dream of Red Mansions (first completed edition 1791) by Cao Xueqin, one of the four great novels
 
》、《
shuǐ hǔ zhuàn
水浒传
水滸傳
Water Margin or Outlaws of the Marsh by Shi Nai'an, one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature
 
yì qǐ
一起
一起
together
 
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
chēng wéi
称为
稱為
called, to call sth (by a name)
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
de
~'s (possessive particle)
four
big, large
míng zhù
名著
名著
masterpiece
 

“A Journey to the West”, “Romance of Three Kingdoms”, “A Dream of Red Mansions”, and “Water Margin” are known as the Four Great Classical Novels of China.

Character set
Pinyin
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xī yóu jì
西游记
西遊記
Journey to the West, Ming dynasty novel by Wu Cheng'en, one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature
 
shì
is, are
one
classifier for works of literature, films, machines etc
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
gǔ diǎn
古典
古典
classical
shén guài
神怪
神怪
spirits and devils (usually harmful), demon
xiǎo shuō
小说
小說
novel, fiction
 
zuò zhě
作者
作者
author, writer
shì
is, are
wú chéng ēn
吴承恩
吳承恩
Wu Cheng'en (1500-1582), author (or compiler) of novel Journey to the West
 
chéng shū
成书
成書
publication, a book's first appearance
at, on
 
16
16
shì jì
世纪
世紀
century
de
(used after an attribute)
míng cháo
明朝
明朝
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
 

“A Journey to the West” is a classic novel of gods and spirits of China. The author Wu Cheng’en wrote it in the 16th century Ming Dynasty.

Character set
Pinyin
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zài
(located) at, (to be) in
four
big, large
míng zhù
名著
名著
masterpiece
inside
 
,《
xī yóu jì
西游记
西遊記
Journey to the West, Ming dynasty novel by Wu Cheng'en, one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature
 
yīng gāi
应该
應該
ought to, must
shì
is, are
zuì
the most
wéi
as (in the capacity of), to take sth as, to be
rén men
人们
人們
people
suǒ
that which, particle introducing a relative clause or passive
shú zhī
熟知
熟知
to be well acquainted with
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
 

Out of the Four Great Classical Novels., “A Journey to the West” is the most well known.

Character set
Pinyin

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