HSK: New and Old

HSK: New and Old

It seems fewer and fewer people recall that the HSK used to come in two flavors: New and Old. While “they just don’t make them like they used to” is a lament we often utter when recalling the “good old days,” the atrocity that was the old...
An Old Duffer at the HSK

An Old Duffer at the HSK

The HSK (汉语水平考试) is the standardized test for speakers of Chinese as a second language. The “Old Duffer” is, of course, me. You might not think 39 is that decrepit, but in foreign-language-learning years, it’s older than Methuselah. Back when I was...