I hope you find these resources helpful. Please help me by reporting errors in the vocabulary lists and bugs in the online flashcards. Also, if you have the time to digitize some of the vocabulary lists from Chinese textbooks not found on this site, please email me at [email protected] You can also follow us on Twitter at @HSKFlashCards.

Thanks, Tony


August 30th, 2017
  • Performance: Static files are now served through S3
  • Look at feel: Switched web framework from Bootstrap to Bulma
  • More internal code cleanup to make maintenance easier
April 22nd, 2017
  • Breadcrumb navigation shows full name of card set instead of acronym.
  • Breadcrumb navigation shows the total lessons/cards.
March 13th, 2017
  • Improvements for browsing flashcards on mobile devices.
March 3rd, 2017
  • You can now use a search bar to find chinese characters by english definition, simplified, traditional and pinyin. The search bar on the top right can initiate a search from anywhere on the website.
March 2nd, 2017
  • You can now browse chinese character by pinyin using the english alphabet. It will search through all possible tones / diacratics for you. Use the "Pinyin" field. So search "wo" can match any tone of wo.
January 29th, 2017
  • Default font is now Roboto (was using Verdana earlier).
January 28th, 2017
  • Upgraded to Bootstrap 4
  • More internal cleanup.

The Cleanup

January 27th, 2017

HSKFlashcards has been updated internally to faciliate development of new features for exploring 中文!

Bootstrap has been updated from 2 to 3. Django has been updated from 1.4 to 1.10. The codebase has been cleaned up significantly and work will continue over the next few days.

In addition, social networking will be reintegrated into the site for Twitter and Facebook

The New HSKFlashcards

April - October 2012

Over the past 5 months I have spent weekends and late nights trying to fill my own technical debt. Alchemy is when we turn matter into something useful. What is matter lies in the perceiver - a vacuum or void is space with time is matter to the hermetic hacker. The best material to repay technical debt is inherit invested effort from a prior generation. Nature's grace gave me the fortune of meeting Jacob, thanks is owed to him for his time making the original site a reality. Not only to him, my teachers, the nobel people who gave us permission to use their content, the sages and long-forgotten who undertook preserving Chinese culture and the open source community.

Our deeds, discipline and actions are not coincidental, we're a model for bringing order out of chaos, taxonomy out of mess, hope in a hard world, light to darkness, truth to lies, depth to shallowness, so as to create fixed stars in a world where people roam so lost. We do what we do not out of pride but expectation for what we leave after us. I hope this method and its fruits will be passed down to the generations to nourish.

Historical background

HSKFlashcards.com was originally founded by Jacob Marble, his original introduction of this website:

Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì: “The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is China's national standardized test...to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers”

In 2006, I tried to find a list of the HSK vocabulary so that I could make myself some flashcards. I did find a couple of lists, but they were all incomplete in one way or another, so I merged several of those lists to get something better. The results of that work are available on this site. Many people including my Chinese teachers and users of this site have contributed since then by sending me typos, errors and missing words they have found in the lists. Topple recently reviewed all of the words in the first two levels and corrected several errors. Thanks, Topple!

New Practical Chinese Reader: “The objective of this series (NPCR) is to develop the student's ability to communicate using Chinese through the study of language structure, language function, and related cultural knowledge along with the training of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.”

In 2007, I found the Practical Chinese Reader (PCR) textbook series, and started using that curriculum to better formalize my study. I got the vocabulary lists for books 1 and 2 from Matti Tukiainen's website. I found book 3 at Dave Hiebeler's website. I converted these lists to UTF-8, added the traditional characters, made some small fixes, and added them to the HSK Flashcards.com database. The PCR books have been rewritten in a second edition, called the New Practical Chinese Reader. I have digitized NPCR books 1, 2 and 3. Topple offered his help by digitizing NPCR books 4 and 5.

Integrated Chinese: “Integrated Chinese (IC) helps learners understand how the Chinese language functions grammatically, and how to use Chinese in real life-how to understand it on the street, speak it on the telephone, read it in the newspaper, or write it in a report.”

Integrated Chinese is the newest textbook series on HSK Flashcards.com. This textbook series is printed in full-color with large Chinese characters for easy reading, available with traditional or simplified characters. The second edition has been in use for some time now, with the third edition recently being published. The second edition, level 1, comes from Konrad Wojas's website, where you can find lists and online flashcards for some other Chinese curricula. I digitized the third edition, level 1 parts 1 and 2.

Jake Marble, 马杰克