HSK 1 StoryBook

HSK StoryBook

Book 1
LEONG BIK YOKE
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This book consists of 15 short stories written in Simplified Chinese and pinyin. The purpose of this book is to provide readers with reading materials to practice their reading skills as well as an introduction to more extended sentence structure and longer articles.


This book has all the vocabularies in HSK 1. If you finish the book, you would have practiced your reading skill on all the vocabularies in HSK 1.


I have tried to restrict the vocabularies used in this book to HSK 1 as far as possible. Where it is not possible, I have introduced limited new words in the story. If you have learned all the HSK 1 Vocabulary and completed the Standard Course Book for HSK 1 by Jiang Liping, you would be able to read about 90% of this book without learning new words.


I consider the HSK 1 Vocabulary together with the new words introduced in Standard Course Book as Extended HSK 1 Vocabulary and I will refer to it as such from now on.


The structure of this book is as follows:

·     Story – this section is the story in Simplified Chinese without pinyin and the English translation. To test level of reading skills, you should attempt to read this section first before going to the next.

·     Statistics – this will provide the reader with an analysis of the words used in the story and the level of difficulty. It will set out new words along with pinyin and explanation. The new words set out here are not cumulative. New words are set out here as long as the words used are not in the Extended HSK 1 Vocabulary.

·     Pinyin and Translation – this will be the section for Pinyin and English translation.

·     Appendix – for the benefit of those who need assistance on the HSK 1 and Extended HSK 1 vocabularies, I have included them in this section for your reference.


The stories in this book are individual stories. A reader may choose to read this book in any particular order. To help you decide which story to read first, you may take a look at the statistics before you begin. The difficulty level for each story varies.


For the e-book version, I have also enabled text to speech function for this book. At the time of writing, Kindle text to speech does not support Chinese characters, however you may install free software available for your browser or mobile phone or tablet or Google text to speech on your android gadget. It will enable the book to read out loud, and you can listen to the pronunciation of the words.


Lastly, I am sorry to disappoint those who enjoy reading a book with pictures because this book has no picture, only words. For the rest who doesn’t like the distraction of pictures, I hope you will enjoy reading this book. If you have any feedback, please feel free to visit https://allmusing.net.


Happy reading!

B.Y Leong

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Publisher
LEONG BIK YOKE
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Published on
May 26, 2019
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Pages
171
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ISBN
9789671720202
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Foreign Language Study / Chinese
Language Arts & Disciplines / Readers
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reading Skills
Language Arts & Disciplines / Vocabulary
Literary Collections / Asian / Chinese
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HSK 2 Storybook Vol. 1 consists of 10 short stories written in Simplified Chinese and Pinyin with free audio files. The purpose of this book is to provide readers with reading materials to practice their reading skills as well as an introduction to more extended sentence structure and longer articles. 


HSK 2 Storybook Vol. 1 has all the vocabularies in HSK 2. If you finish the book, you would have practised your reading skill on all the vocabularies in HSK 2. This book focuses on HSK 2 vocabularies. If you need to practise HSK 1 vocabularies, please consider reading HSK 1 Storybook.


I have tried to restrict the vocabularies used in this book to HSK 2 as far as possible. Where it is not possible, I have introduced limited new words in the story. If you have learned all the HSK 2 Vocabulary and completed the Standard Course Book for HSK 2 by Jiang Liping, you would be able to read about 85% of this book without learning new words.


Text to speech for this book has been enabled. You may also download the free audio files with the link and password provided on the last page.


I consider the HSK 2 Vocabulary together with the new words introduced in Standard Course Book as Extended HSK 2 Vocabulary and I will refer to it as such from now on. 


The structure of this book is as follows:

•Statistics – this will provide the reader with an analysis of the words used in the story and the level of difficulty. It will set out new words along with Pinyin and explanation. The new words set out here are not cumulative. New words are set out here as long as the words used are not in the Extended HSK 2 Vocabulary. 

•Story – this section is the story in Simplified Chinese without Pinyin and the English translation. To test level of reading skills, you should attempt to read this section first before going to the next.

•Pinyin and Translation – this will be the section for Pinyin and English translation.

•Appendix – for the benefit of those who need assistance on the HSK 2 and HSK 2 Standard Course vocabularies, I have included them in this section for your reference.


The stories in this book are individual stories. A reader may choose to read this book in any particular order. To help you decide which story to read first, you may take a look at the statistics before you begin. The difficulty level for each story varies.

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