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#1

Hi @Constance_Fang @Fiona and the ChinesePod team, my question is this: I’ve been learning Chinese for the past 2 years, and I’ve been self studying as well as a Chinese school. I’m almost done with New Practical Chinese Reader 2 and about to start the 3rd book. Taking HSK 3 in April of 2018. I don’t know where to start on this website however. I would assume that I’m intermediate but some vocab in the newbie & elementary sections I haven’t even come across yet and there are a ton of lessons and I don’t know where to start. The tests seem a little difficult to me as well to where I can’t even finish them. Is there a more structured way of finding where I am? It all just seems so overwhelming. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


#2

Have you tried the placement tests and the level tests?


#3

Depending on the topic you will find some lessons even at easier levels to have more specialized and lower frequency vocabulary. I suggest listening to 5+ episodes of the newbie, elementary, and intermediate levels to see what level you can understand a large percentage of, but not everything said. If you’ve finished NPCR2 I believe that doing a mixture of elementary and intermediate lessons that have a higher percentage of vocabulary that you know would be a good idea, over time you can transition fully into intermediate lessons as you work through NPCR3 and grow accustom to the intermediate level…


#4

You may find my dialogue lists per HSK level helpful. See http://www.edsko.net/2015/10/17/ChinesePod-HSK/ for HSK 1-3 (these are also available as playlists on the ChinesePod website itself (https://chinesepod.com/library/courses/) , http://www.edsko.net/2016/01/17/ChinesePod-HSK4/ for HSK4 and http://www.edsko.net/2018/04/02/ChinesePod-HSK5/ for HSK5.