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HSK 4 in 8 Months of Mostly Free-Time Study

The HSK Challenge

In February 2015 I started a small Chinese learning experiment. After heaving read the famous books like Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner and Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis, I wanted to study Mandarin Chinese for about 8 months and take the HSK Level 4 exam in October here at the Asia-Orient-Institut of the University of Zurich.

Huangyaguan, section of the Great Wall near Tianjin

Huangyaguan, section of the Great Wall near Tianjin

As I’m still in the process of acquiring my Master’s degree in Physics here at ETH Zurich, it seemed necessary to stretch these magic “3 months” of full-time language learning to a slightly longer period. In the end, however, I managed to get a one month break from university and spend 4 weeks in China, fully concentrating on my studies of the Chinese language.

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