What level does the current, Mandarin Chinese course on duolingo go upto?
I have just started the course and find it very helpful. I was wondering does it reach HSK 6 level or doesn't just reach HSK 3 or 4? Can some please make this clearer for me, thank you.
According to this blog:
Our Chinese course teaches more than 1,000 words and nearly 1,000 characters, covering all vocabulary and grammar points necessary to pass levels 1 through 3 of the HSK (the official Chinese proficiency test), as well as almost half of the content of level 4. This is enough to bring you up to an upper beginner level, and roughly corresponds to the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an international standard for describing language ability.
Thank you, this answered my question. I will have to find other resource for when I finish this course, but that's okay.
I am also interested. But I think this course on Duolingo does not go along the HSK levels. Recently I was interested if I already have all vocabulary for HSK 1 just using Duolingo, but like 10 % of the words I did not learn in Duolingo. But instead many other words.
Thank you for the advice, I will try testing my level to see if I have learnt of of hsk 1 yet.
I have had the same problem. I decide to use my HSK 1 app. It was help. I passed my HSK 1 Test a week ago. I am now studying for HSK 2. I just find this site fun. That is why I am still using it, even though I don't need t anymore, as I have better learning tools, that are even better.
I'll be taking the HSK3 next week, and having taken practice tests, the duolingo course alone is not enough to prepare you. A third of your score is reading, which you'll probably do fine in. A third of your score is listening to dialogues and answering a question about it. That's quite a pain if you aren't quite familiar with the sound of the words, and there's no text to look at for the dialogues. Try practicing with your eyes closed and see if you can determine the meaning. The last third is writing. Duolingo doesn't prepare you for this section at all really unless you write out the sentences in each lesson or come up with some alternative form of writing practice.
The HSK6 is a huge pain and I doubt anyone who isn't immersed, probably by living in county for a few years and making a serious effort, would be able to pass. There also seems to be no benefit to taking it since Visa/Uni's accept both HSK5 and HSK6 equally, despite HSK5 requiring about half the vocab.
Thank you, for the breakdown of what the duolingo course offers. I am going to be working in China, for a few weeks, every few months. I need my level to be at least HSK 6, as I am dealing with very serious data. I don't want to make a single mistake, or the figures will be messed up. Also, I can't just ask someone to help me translate it into Mandarin, as it is going against company policy. I will need to get real good at this by next year. As my boss has choose me to be in charge of the data and translate of data. My boss is helping me with this, as he really doesn't want to hire a person to work with this data. Most of the companies broad members agreed that I was the best person for the job. I am now working really hard to achieve HSK6. I am taking the exam next year. I am currently at HSK 2. I have been doing this for 1 month now. I am sure it will get more harder when I reach HSK 4, but I have to make sure I pass. Even if I can't do it I will have tried my best, and they will just hire someone new to do that job. I will still be doing my everyday job, but I will then have to explain everything to the new start to make sure everything is correct. It will mean even more work than just learning Mandarin. I will now have to find new resources as I am almost finished with duolingo's course. Thank you again from making it clear.
I don't mean to discourage you, but going from HSK1 to HSK6 in one year would be like going from first grade English to university level. Targetting vocabulary relevant to your work will be much more feasible than getting a good score on the exam.
One loop hole that I think might be valuable to you: The HSK1-4 require 60%+ to get a passing score. The HSK5-6 have no default pass/fail cutoff, so individual institutions might require 60% or some such figure, but there won't be a mark on the front of the test (that would be marked if it were HSK4). You could get 1% on the HSK6 and the test could potentially have the same professional value as if you got 80%. Fluency is the goal but I'd be cautious about betting you can complete Lv 6 so quickly.