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Character Riddle 54

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - cold: 冷 lěng

2 - husband: 丈夫 zhàngfu

3 - country: 国家 guójiā

4 - to fit: 适合 shìhé

5 - lonely: 寂寞 jìmò

6 - (leave or be a) legacy: 遗留 yíliú

Character Riddle 53

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - inside: 里 lǐ

2 - to wait for: 等 děng

3 - to hold: 拿 ná

4 - in confusion or disorder: 乱 luàn

5 - flat: 平 píng

6 - acrobatics: 杂技 zájì

Character Riddle 52

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - taxi: 出租车 chūzūchē

2 - to walk quickly: 跑步 pǎobù

3 - convenient: 方便 fāngbiàn

4 - especially: 尤其 yóuqí

5 - to defend: 维护 wéihù

6 - paper money: 钞票 chāopiào

Character Riddle 51

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - who: 谁 shéi

2 - birthday: 生日 shēngrì

3 - famous: 有名 yǒumíng

4 - result: 效果 xiàoguǒ

5 - to face sth: 面临 miànlín

6 - apprentice: 徒弟 túdì

Character Riddle 50

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - (negative prefix for verbs): 没 méi

2 - rapid: 快 kuài

3 - because of: 为 wèi

4 - representative: 代表 dàibiǎo

5 - waist: 腰 yāo

6 - technique: 手法 shǒufǎ

Character Riddle 49

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - hello (interj., esp. on telephone): 喂 wèi

2 - to yield: 让 ràng

3 - sun: 太阳 tàiyáng

4 - way of looking at a thing: 看法 kànfǎ

5 - physics: 物理 wùlǐ

6 - (political, economic etc) affairs: 事务 shìwù

Character Riddle 48

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - home: 家 jiā

2 - to rest: 休息 xiūxi

3 - to ride (an animal or bike): 骑 qí

4 - intellectual: 知识 zhīshi

5 - use, application: 用途 yòngtú

6 - secondary: 副 fù

Character Riddle 47

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - happy: 高兴 gāoxìng

2 - hour: 小时 xiǎoshí

3 - to be careful: 小心 xiǎoxīn

4 - weak point: 缺点 quēdiǎn

5 - good: 商品 shāngpǐn

6 - lament: 感慨 gǎnkǎi

Character Riddle 46

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - eight: 八 bā

2 - fish: 鱼 yú

3 - culture: 文化 wénhuà

4 - fire: 火 huǒ

5 - to fall behind: 落后 luòhòu

6 - to pay attention to: 注重 zhùzhòng

Character Riddle 45

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - to like: 喜欢 xǐhuan

2 - slow: 慢 màn

3 - angry: 生气 shēngqì

4 - to act (in a play): 演出 yǎnchū

5 - thing: 事物 shìwù

6 - to create: 创作 chuàngzuò

Character Riddle 44

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - she: 她

2 - to wish for: 希望

3 - bread: 面包

4 - experience: 经历

5 - luxurious: 豪华

6 - among the people: 民间

Character Riddle 43

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - goodbye: 再见 zàijiàn

2 - really: 真 zhēn

3 - shirt: 衬衫 chènshān

4 - to comprise: 包括 bāokuò

5 - hare: 兔子 tùzi

6 - a trial: 审判 shěnpàn

Character Riddle 42

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - ten: 十 shí

2 - last year: 去年 qùnián

3 - spectacles: 眼镜 yǎnjìng

4 - each: 各 gè

5 - (feel a sense of) pride: 自豪 zìháo

6 - plot: 阴谋 yīnmóu

Character Riddle 41

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - six: 六 liù

2 - newspaper: 报纸 bàozhǐ

3 - mountain pass: 关 guān

4 - romance: 爱情 àiqíng

5 - ugly: 难看 nánkàn

6 - perseverance: 毅力 yìlì

Character Riddle 40

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - mama: 妈妈 māma

2 - to play: 玩 wán

3 - (long) time: 久 jiǔ

4 - magazine: 杂志 zázhì

5 - confused: 晕 yūn

6 - to put up with: 容忍 róngrěn

Character Riddle 39

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - dog: 狗 gǒu

2 - far: 远 yuǎn

3 - because of: 为 wèi

4 - grammar: 语法 yǔfǎ

5 - balcony: 阳台 yángtái

6 - without permission: 擅自 shànzì

Character Riddle 38

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - here: 这儿 zhèr

2 - lateral: 旁边 pángbiān

3 - guesthouse: 宾馆 bīnguǎn

4 - exchange: 交流 jiāoliú

5 - fundamental: 根本 gēnběn

6 - to kidnap: 绑架 bǎngjià

Character Riddle 37

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - and: 和 hé

2 - left: 左边 zuǒbian

3 - difficult (to…): 难 nán

4 - sunshine: 阳光 yángguāng

5 - matching: 配合 pèihé

6 - to seek: 谋求 móuqiú

Character Riddle 36

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - to go back: 回 huí

2 - extraordinary: 非常 fēicháng

3 - to meet: 见面 jiànmiàn

4 - unbearable: 受不了 shòubùliǎo

5 - once: 曾经 céngjīng

6 - cervical vertebra: 颈椎 jǐngzhuī

Character Riddle 35

月 + 亠 + 凶 = ?

  • 月 yuè: flesh

  • 亠 tóu: shelter, head

  • 凶 xiōng: fierce

月 + 亠 + 凶 = 脑

脑 nǎo: brain

Mnemonics: A brain is a piece of flesh, located with an X or 凶 in the head.

Words using 脑:

  • 电脑 diànnǎo: computer; CL:台[tai2] (HSK level 1)

  • 脑袋 nǎodài: head; skull; brains; mental capability (HSK level 5)

  • 伤脑筋 shāngnǎojīn: knotty; troublesome; bothersome (HSK level 6)

Character Riddle 34

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - afternoon: 下午 xiàwǔ

2 - still: 还 hái

3 - the back of a body or object: 背 bèi

4 - to push: 推 tuī

5 - actually: 所 suǒ

6 - continuously: 络绎不绝 luòyìbùjué

Character Riddle 33

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - it doesn’t matter: 没关系 méiguānxi

2 - to go to work: 上班 shàngbān

3 - to worry: 着急 zháojí

4 - not only (… but also…): 不但 búdàn

5 - to touch: 接触 jiēchù

6 - to oppose: 对立 duìlì

Vocabulary Riddle 32

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - she: 她 tā

2 - near: 近 jìn

3 - actually, in fact, really: 其实 qíshí

4 - to advance: 进行 jìnxíng

5 - type: 样式 yàngshì

6 - to model: 塑造 sùzào

Vocabulary Riddle 31

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - cold: 冷 lěng

2 - busy: 忙 máng

3 - program: 节目 jiémù

4 - to surpass: 超过 chāoguò

5 - to row a boat: 划船 huáchuán

6 - stately: 庄严 zhuāngyán

Vocabulary Riddle 30

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - teacher: 老师 lǎoshī

2 - mistake: 错 cuò

3 - grass: 草 cǎo

4 - plastic bag: 塑料袋 sùliàodài

5 - festival: 节 jié

6 - fossil: 化石 huàshí

Vocabulary Riddle 29

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - good: 好 hǎo

2 - to pass (time): 过 guò

3 - blue: 蓝 lán

4 - perhaps: 也许 yěxǔ

5 - to disseminate: 传播 chuánbō

6 - to brake (when driving): 刹车 shāchē

Vocabulary Riddle 28

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - a little: 点 diǎn

2 - white: 白 bái

3 - time: 季节 jìjié

4 - moist: 湿润 shīrùn

5 - profound: 深刻 shēnkè

6 - speakers or speaker (electronic): 音响 yīnxiǎng

Character Riddle 27

古 + 攵 = ?

  • 古 gǔ: ancient

  • 攵 suī: to bump / hand

古 + 攵 = 故

故 gù: old, reason

Mnemonics: This ancient hand has been the reason. (semantic radical: hand 攵; and phonetic radical: 古. Originally means ancient, reason.)

Words using 故:

  • 故事 gùshi: story; (HSK level 3)

  • 故意 gùyì: deliberately; on purpose (HSK level 4)

  • 缘故 yuángù: reason; causeHSK level 5)

  • 变故 biàngù: an unforeseen event; accident; misfortune (HSK level 6)

  • 故乡 gùxiāng: home; homeland; native place (HSK level 6)

  • 故障 gùzhàng: malfunction; breakdown; defect; shortcoming; fault; failure (HSK level 6)

  • 事故 shìgù: accident (HSK level 6)

Vocabulary Riddle 26

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - small: 小 xiǎo

2 - overcast (weather): 阴 yīn

3 - manager: 经理 jīnglǐ

4 - page: 页 yè

5 - urgent: 紧急 jǐnjí

6 - honest: 正当 zhèngdāng

Vocabulary Riddle 25

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - week: 星期 xīngqī

2 - coffee: 咖啡 kāfēi

3 - conscientious: 认真 rènzhēn

4 - to manufacture: 制造 zhìzào

5 - funds: 资金 zījīn

6 - quick-witted: 机智 jīzhì

Vocabulary Riddle 24

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - son: 儿子 érzi

2 - play soccer(football): 踢足球 tīzúqiú

3 - library: 图书馆 túshūguǎn

4 - difficult to deal with: 厉害 lìhai

5 - prince: 王子 wángzǐ

6 - in the past: 以往 yǐwǎng

Vocabulary Riddle 23

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - happy: 高兴 gāoxìng

2 - mutton: 羊肉 yángròu

3 - to clean: 打扫 dǎsǎo

4 - to suit: 适应 shìyìng

5 - (informal) mother’s mother: 姥姥 lǎolao

6 - to follow: 跟随 gēnsuí

Character Riddle 22

一 + 丨 + 一 + 匕 = ?

  • 一 yī: one

  • 丨 gǔn: line

  • 一 yī: one

  • 匕 bǐ: spoon / man overthrown

一 + 丨 + 一 + 匕 = 北

北 běi: north

Mnemonics: man turning his back to North cold

(Etymology: the strokes 一 + 丨 + 一 symbolize a person looking on one side, and on his back, an other person, symbolized by 匕, looking at the opposite side, thus, suggesting the North)

Words using 北:

  • 北京 Běijīng: Beijing, capital of People’s Republic of China (HSK level 1)

  • 北方 běifāng: north (HSK level 3)

  • 北极 běijí: the North Pole (HSK level 6)

Vocabulary Riddle 21

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - to ask: 请 qǐng

2 - to want: 要 yào

3 - besides: 除了 chúle

4 - botanical: 植物 zhíwù

5 - whole entity: 整体 zhěngtǐ

6 - sign: 标记 biāojì

Vocabulary Riddle 20

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - tea: 茶 chá

2 - to begin: 开始 kāishǐ

3 - habit: 习惯 xíguàn

4 - plan: 计划 jìhuà

5 - to come into contact with: 打交道 dǎjiāodào

6 - plan: 规划 guīhuà

Vocabulary Riddle 19

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - to make a telephone call: 打电话 dǎdiànhuà

2 - to bore through: 穿 chuān

3 - interest: 爱好 àihào

4 - nature: 自然 zìrán

5 - champion: 冠军 guànjūn

6 - State Council (PRC): 国务院 GuóWùYuàn

Character Riddle 18

爫 + 木 = ?

  • 爫 zhao: claw

  • 木 mù: tree

爫 + 木 = 采

采 cǎi: to gather; to pick

Mnemonics: animals pick fruits with their claws on trees.

Words using 采:

  • 采访 cǎifǎng: to interview; to gather news; to hunt for and collect; to cover (HSK level 5)

  • 采取 cǎiqǔ: to adopt or carry out (measures, policies, course of action); to take (HSK level 5)

  • 采购 cǎigòu: to procure (for an enterprise etc); to purchase (HSK level 6)

  • 采集 cǎijí: to gather; to collect; to harvest (HSK level 6)

  • 采纳 cǎinà: to accept; to adopt (HSK level 6)

  • 开采 kāicǎi: to extract (ore or other resource from a mine); to exploit; to mine (HSK level 6)

  • 无精打采 wújīngdǎcǎi: dispirited and downcast (idiom); listless; in low spirits; washed out (HSK level 6)

  • 兴高采烈 xīnggāocǎiliè: happy and excited (idiom); in high spirits; in great delight (HSK level 6)

Vocabulary Riddle 17

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - water: 水 shuǐ

2 - because: 因为 yīnwèi

3 - to pass: 经过 jīngguò

4 - unexpectedly: 竟然 jìngrán

5 - circumstances: 形势 xíngshì

6 - warn: 井 jǐng

Character Riddle 16

口 + 曰 + 匃 = ?

  • 口 kǒu: mouth

  • 曰 yuē: to say

  • 匃 gài: beggar

(曷 hé: what? why? )

口 + 曰 + 匃 = 喝

喝 hē: drink

Mnemonics: when you want to drink, your mouth wonders what (to drink).

Words using 喝 (per HSK Level):

1 - 喝 hē: to drink; to shout (a command)

Vocabulary Riddle 15

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - television: 电视 diànshì

2 - preparation: 准备 zhǔnbèi

3 - simple: 简单 jiǎndān

4 - to regret: 后悔 hòuhuǐ

5 - practical: 实用 shíyòng

6 - regularly: 定期 dìngqī

Vocabulary Riddle 14

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - school: 学校 xuéxiào

2 - tasty: 好吃 hǎochī

3 - history: 历史 lìshǐ

4 - extort: 敲 qiāo

5 - to move: 移动 yídòng

6 - attitude: 姿态 zītài

Vocabulary Riddle 13

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - there: 那儿 nàr

2 - to present: 介绍 jièshào

3 - after: 以后 yǐhòu

4 - dialog: 对话 duìhuà

5 - direct: 导演 dǎoyǎn

6 - adequate: 充足 chōngzú

Vocabulary Riddle 12

How to say in Chinese, per HSK level:

1 - zero: 零 líng

2 - therefore: 所以 suǒyǐ

3 - blackboard: 黑板 hēibǎn

4 - to notify: 通知 tōngzhī

5 - to worry: 发愁 fāchóu

6 - violent: 剧烈 jùliè

Character Riddle 11

厂 + 力 = ?

  • 厂 chǎng: plant

  • 力 lì: force

厂 + 力 = 历

历 lì: calendar, experience

Mnemonics: "you need a calendar to schedule when to bring your force at the plant"

Words using 历:

历史 lìshǐ: history; CL:门[men2] ,段[duan4] (HSK level 3)

经历 jīnglì: experience; CL:个,次[ci4]; to experience; to go through (HSK level 4)

简历 jiǎnlì: Curriculum Vitae (CV); résumé (resume); biographical notes (HSK level 5)

日历 rìlì: calendar; CL:张[zhang1] ,本[ben3] (HSK level 5)

来历 láilì: history; antecedents; origin (HSK level 6)

历代 lìdài: successive generations; successive dynasties; past dynasties (HSK level 6)

历来 lìlái: always; throughout (a period of time); (of) all-time (HSK level 6)

农历 nónglì: the traditional Chinese calendar; the lunar calendar (HSK level 6)

学历 xuélì: educational background; academic qualifications (HSK level 6)

Character Riddle 10

二 + 厶 = ?

  • 二 èr : two

  • 厶 sī : secret, private

二 + 厶 = 云

云 yún: cloud

Mnemonics : "A cloud floats privately between two layers of the atmosphere."

(Note: the mnemonics here is not tied to the real etymology, as 云 as a whole used already to mean cloud. However, we try to provide a way to remember that 二 is the key, and that the symbol below is 厶.)

Words using 云 :

云 yún: cloud; CL:朵[duo3] (HSK level 3)

Character Riddle 9

扌 + 丸 + 灬 = ?

  • 扌 shou: hand

  • 丸 wán: ball (一 +九 = 丸) (radical 一yī : one ; character 九 jiǔ ; nine)

  • 执 zhí: to hold

  • 灬 biāo: fire

扌 + 丸 + 灬 = 热

热 rè : heat

Mnemonics: "A hand with a ball of fire can feel the heat."

HSK words using 热, sorted by level:

1:

  • 热 rè: heat; to heat up; fervent; hot (of weather); warm up

3:

  • 热情 rèqíng: cordial; enthusiastic; passion; passionate; passionately

4:

  • 热闹 rènao: bustling with noise and excitement; lively

5:

  • 热爱 rèài: to love ardently; to adore

  • 热烈 rèliè: warm (welcome etc)

  • 热心 rèxīn: enthusiasm; zeal; zealous; zest; enthusiastic; ardent; warmhearted

6:

  • 亲热 qīnrè: affectionate; intimate; warm-hearted

  • 热泪盈眶 rèlèiyíngkuàng: eyes brimming with tears of excitement (idiom); extremely moved

  • 热门 rèmén: popular; hot; in vogue

  • 炎热 yánrè: blistering hot; sizzling hot (weather)

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亻+ 山 = ?

  • 亻rén: man

  • 山 shān: mountain

亻+ 山 = 仙 xiān: immortal

Mnemonics: "A man on a mountain looks for immortality".

HSK Words using 仙, sorted by level:

6:

  • 神仙 shénxiān: Daoist immortal; supernatural entity; (in modern fiction) fairy, elf, leprechaun etc; fig. lighthearted person; used in advertising: Live like an immortal! 活神仙似

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口 + 田 + 氏 = ?

  • 口 kǒu : mouth

  • 田 tián : field

  • 氏 shì : clan

  • 畏 wèi♩ : fear

口 + 田 + 氏 = 喂 wèi: (when answering a phone call) hello; who is this?

Mnemonics: "When we say hello, we have fear flowing out of the mouth."

HSK Words using 喂, sorted by level:

1:

  • 喂 wèi: hello (interj., esp. on telephone); hey; to feed (sb or some animal)

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木 + 示 = ?

  • 木 mù: tree

  • 示 shì : to show

木 + 示 = 标 biāo: mark

Mnemonics: "a mark on a tree that we show."

HSK Words using 标, sorted by level:

4:

  • 标准 biāozhǔn: (an official) standard; norm; criterion

5:

  • 目标 mùbiāo: target; goal; objective

  • 鼠标 shǔbiāo: mouse (computing)

  • 标点 biāodiǎn: punctuation; a punctuation mark; to punctuate

  • 标志 biāozhì: sign; mark; symbol; symbolize; to indicate; to mark

6:

  • 标本 biāoběn: specimen; sample; the root cause and symptoms of a disease

  • 标记 biāojì: sign; mark; symbol; to mark up

  • 标题 biāotí: title; heading; headline; caption; subject

  • 商标 shāngbiāo: trademark; logo

  • 招投标 zhāotóubiāo: bidding; tender

  • 指标 zhǐbiāo: norm; index; target

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厂 + 白 + 小 = ?

  • 厂 chǎng : plant

  • 白 bái : white

  • 小 xiǎo : little

厂 + 白 + 小 = 原 yuán : origine

HSK Words using 原:

4:

  • 原来 yuánlái: original; former; originally; formerly; at first; so… actually

  • 原谅 yuánliàng: to excuse; to forgive; to pardon

  • 原因 yuányīn: cause; origin; root cause; reason; CL:个

5:

  • 原料 yuánliào: raw material; CL:个

  • 原则 yuánzé: principle; doctrine; CL:个

6:

  • 原告 yuángào: complainant; plaintiff

  • 原理 yuánlǐ: principle; theory

  • 原始 yuánshǐ: first; original; primitive; original (document etc)

  • 原先 yuánxiān: former; original

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宀 + 井 + 大 + 贝 = ?

  • 宀 mián: roof

  • 井 jǐng (radical 二+2 strokes): well, mineshaft, pit

  • 大 dà: big

  • 贝 bèi: shell / money

宀 + 井 + 大 + 贝 = 赛 sài: competition

HSK Words:

  • 比赛 bǐsài:competition (sports etc); match; CL:场 ,次 (Level 3)

  • 竞赛 jìngsài: race; competition; CL:个 (Level 6)

  • 预赛 yùsài: preliminary competition; to hold preliminary heats (Level 6)

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耂 + 日 + 阝 = ?

  • 耂 lǎo: old

  • 日 rì : sun

  • 阝 fù : city

  • 者 zhě : indicate a class of persons or things

耂 + 日 + 阝 = 都 dōu: all (HSK level 1)

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讠+ 弋 + 工 = ?

  • 讠 yán : speech

  • 弋 yì : arrow-grapin

  • 工 gōng : work

  • 式 shì♩ : type, style

讠+ 弋 + 工 = 试 shì: to test; to try; experiment; examination; test

Words using 试:

  • 考试 kǎoshì: exam; CL:次 (HSK level 4)

  • 试卷 shìjuàn: examination paper; test paper; CL:份,张 (HSK level 5)

  • 尝试 chángshì: to try; to attempt; CL:次 (HSK level 6)

Pop Quiz 1

QUESTION (level HSK 4)

What character is made only of these radicals:

力 lì: strength

口 kǒu: mouth

贝 bèi: shell / money

ANSWER

贺 hè: congratulate

You can find this character in 祝贺 zhùhè: to congratulate; congratulations (HSK 4)