SSC Threshold 1

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Here are all the words you need to know in Short-term Spoken Chinese Threshold 1.

one; another

seven; a Chinese custom to hold a memorial service on every 7th day following a person's death until the 49th day

sānthree; more than two

not; used to reply in the negative

liǎngtwo; both sides

used before nouns without fixed measure words of their own; used between a verb and its object

jiǔnine; many

also; as well

shūwrite; style of calligraphy

shū bāo书包satchel


èrdifferent; two

five; a note of the scale in gongchepu, corresponding to 6 in numbered musical notation

shén me什么what; something

he or him; other

tā men他们they/them

nǐ men你们you

eight; eighth

liùa note of the scale in gongchepu, corresponding to 5 in numbered musical notation; six

zài jiàn再见goodbye

xiěwrite; compose

fēnseparate; distribute

bàn gōng shì办公室office; department of institute, school or enterprise that handles administrative affairs

bāo zi包子steamed stuffed bun

yī yuàn医院hospital

shíten; topmost

depart; be apart from in space or time

hàocall; transmit

chīeat; eat

maparticle used at the end of an interrogative sentence; used within a sentence to mark a pause before introducing the theme of what one is going to say

tīngheed; judge


gē ge哥哥elder brother; elder male relative of the same generation

nǎ r哪儿where; wherever

shāng diàn商店shop

pí jiǔ啤酒beer

drink; drink alcohol

four; note in the Chinese gongchepu scale

tú shū guǎn图书馆library

zàiexist; join or belong to an organization

zuòbe seated; be punished

kuàichunk; piece

duō shǎo多少amount; a little

mā ma妈妈mom; mother

mèi mei妹妹younger sister

jiě jie姐姐elder sister; girl or woman who is of the same generation but older in age

kè qi客气polite; be modest

sù shè宿舍hostel

duì bu qǐ对不起sorry; be unworthy of

jiùcome near; undertake

dì di弟弟younger brother


mángbusy; hurry


self; one

huànexchange; change

běnstem or root of plants; original

běn zi本子book; edition

bēicup; trophy

lóustoreyed building; floor

máohair; mildew

méi guān xi没关系doesn't matter


bà ba爸爸dad

píngbottle; the quantity contained in a bottle, vase or jar

liú xué shēng留学生overseas student

bǎihundred; all

zhī dào知道be aware of

kuàng quán shuǐ矿泉水mineral water

writing or drawing instrument; technique of writing, calligraphy or drawing

mǐ fàn米饭rice

lèifatigued; tire

měi yuán美元US dollar

lǎo shī老师teacher

chátea; tea

yàomain points; important

cí diǎn词典dictionary

shuōspeak; explain

qǐngrequest; invite

qǐng wèn请问excuse me, may I ask...

read aloud/out; read

xiè xie谢谢thank you

jìnmove ahead; get into

nà r那儿that place; since then

yóu jú邮局post office

dōuall; even

qiáncopper coin; money

yín háng银行bank

shí táng食堂dining hall

jiǎo zi饺子dumpling

è饿hungry; starve

shū diàn书店bookshop

tiān ān mén天安门Tian'anmen

niú nǎi牛奶cow's milk

miàn tiáo面条noodles

bù kè qi不客气blunt; candid

nǐ hǎo你好Hello.

kě kǒu kě lè可口可乐Coca-Cola

ài rén r爱人儿cute

hǎogood; friendly