offers a collection of Chinese graded reader stories tailored specifically for learners at different HSK levels. Each story exclusively contains only vocabulary words from the HSK level it's written for. Unlike other graded readers, we strictly exclude any vocabulary from higher levels, ensuring that you focus only on the words appropriate for your current level. All the graded reader stories are free, providing a fun and easy way to practice reading Mandarin.

How to Use Our Graded Reader Stories to Learn Chinese:

  1. Read with Pinyin and Translation: Begin by reading the story with the pinyin and English translations provided at the bottom of the page. Read aloud to help with memorization of the vocabulary. Your primary focus at this stage is to become more proficient with recognizing and reading Chinese words and building your vocabulary.
  2. Read Chinese without Pinyin: Next, read aloud the Chinese section at the top of the page without pinyin and English assistance. As you progress with your reading proficiency focus on getting the tones right and reading/speaking sentences with a good flow.
  3. Listen: For listening practice, focus on one line at a time. Play the audio version repeatedly until you can clearly understand each word. Start out by following the audio by reading the text. Once you have mastered that line, move on to the next one in the story. Your goal is to be able to listen to and understand each line without reading the Chinese words.
  4. Practice Speaking: Practice speaking using mirroring (also called parroting). As you play each line speak that line aloud afterwards. This will build confidence in speaking what you're learning. Your goal should be to mirror the audio, line by line, without looking at the Chinese characters.

Sorry (不好意思) - HSK 2 Reader Story

Sorry (不好意思)

If you’re a fan of Chinese language dramas, you’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase 不好意思 (bù hǎo yì si). 不好意思 translates to “sorry” or “excuse me” and is often used to express apology or polite interruption. This HSK 2 story showcases various practical ways 不好意思can be used in everyday conversations.

I Don't Want to Talk - 我不想说

I Don’t Want to Talk (我不想说)

The phrase (wǒ bù xiǎng shuō) is a helpful phrase to learn. This HSK 2 graded reader story helps you practice this phrase in different contexts, making it easier to use in conversations. Repeated exposure to “ ” will solidify your understanding and use of this phrase.

I speak a little Chinese HSK 2 story.

I Speak a Little Chinese (我会说一点汉语)

Practice speaking to others using your HSK 2 vocabulary. Engage with native Chinese speakers and start with greetings like 你好 (nǐ hǎo). This dialog showcases a beginner practicing their Chinese. Use the Pinyin and English translations to build confidence.

Somebody to Love - Free HSK 2 Story

Somebody to Love (去爱一个人)

We had some fun with this HSK 2 graded story, taking inspiration from Queen’s song, “Somebody to Love” ( 一个人). Practice your Chinese reading and speaking by reading this story aloud. It’s written to include only words from the HSK 2 reading level, perfect for beginner learners. Enjoy the story and improve your skills!

Very Good! Graded Chinese Reader Story for 很好!

Very Good (很好)

Become proficient with the phrase 很好 with this story. 很好 (hěn hǎo) means “very good” and is used often in conversations. We’ve written this short story using only basic HSK 1 vocabulary, so it is a very easy read. You should practice saying 很好 aloud and work it into your daily conversations – it’s a good first phrase to learn. With a little practice, you’ll find yourself unconsciously saying 很好!

What do you mean? (你 什​​么 意思) An HSK 2 Graded Reader Story.

What Do You Mean? (你什​​么意思)

Using common phrases in conversations is key for learning a new language. For HSK 2 level students, phrases like 什么 意思 (nǐ shénme yìsi), meaning “What do you mean?”, are essential. This story helps you practice 什么 意思 by showing its usage in different contexts and providing plenty of practice.

When? (什么 时候?) Aa HSK 1 graded reader story.

When? (什么 时候)

This HSK 1 story teaches beginners how to ask when using 什么 时候 (shénme shíhou). It follows a simple narrative with a mother and her son, frequently using essential words like 学校 (xuéxiào), 妈妈 (māma), and 儿子 (érzi). This engaging context helps students master basic vocabulary and apply it in daily conversations. Soon, you’ll confidently use 什么 时候 and other key terms in your own conversations.

New Cell Phone - A HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

New Cell Phone (新 手机)

Building a strong vocabulary foundation with essential words like 手机 (shǒujī), meaning “cell phone,” is important. This word is frequently encountered in daily interactions, making it vital for effective communication. This story is designed for HSK 2 learners, using only vocabulary from the HSK 2 level to provide an enjoyable and practical way to enhance your language skills.

Good Afternoon (下午 好) - HSK 1 Mandarin Story

Good Afternoon (下午 好)

This story will help you learn and practice the phrase 下午 (xiàwǔ hǎo), meaning “Good afternoon” in Mandarin. Often used in the afternoon to greet friends or colleagues, it’s a useful phrase for daily conversations. The story uses simple HSK 1 vocabulary, including 学生 (xuéshēng), 学校 (xuéxiào), and 朋友 (péngyǒu). Mastering 下午 will help you confidently greet others and make a positive impression in various settings.

Thank You - HSK 1 Story in Mandarin Chinese

Thanks (谢谢)

This story will help you learn to read 谢谢 (xièxiè), which means “Thanks” in Mandarin. It uses only basic HSK 1 vocabulary, including words like 男孩 (nánhái), 老师 (Lǎoshī), and 不客气 (bù kèqi). By reading this story, you will see how these common words are used in everyday situations. Practice reading the story multiple times to become familiar with the vocabulary and sentence structure. Enjoy the graded reader story and keep practicing to improve your Mandarin skills!

It Doesn't Matter - HSK1 Story

It Doesn’t Matter (没关系)

This HSK 1 story will help you learn and use the phrase 没关系 (méiguānxi), meaning “it doesn’t matter.” Written for beginner-level students, this story uses only HSK 1 vocabulary, ensuring it’s an easy read for HSK 1 level learners. Practice reading this story frequently to build your confidence in reading and understanding. Then, play the audio line by line to practice your listening skills. You’ll see how 没关系 and other essential words such as “学习” (xuéxí), “朋友” (péngyou), and “老师” (lǎoshī) are used in context.

Ten Minutes - Chinese HSK 1 Story

Ten Minutes (十 分钟)

This HSK 1 story is written to help you learn and use the word “分钟” (fēnzhōng), meaning “minute.” Aimed at beginner-level students, it uses only HSK 1 vocabulary, making it ideal for practicing reading without introducing advanced words. By following the characters through their daily routines, including meal times, drinking tea, and spending time with friends, you will see how “分钟” and other time-related words such as “” (diǎn), “时候” (shíhòu), and “中午” (zhōngwǔ) are used.

What Day is it? An HSK 1 Story

What Day is it? (今天 星期 几)

This HSK 1 story will help you with understanding and using the word 星期” (xīngqī). Aimed at beginner-level students, this graded reader story is written using only HSK 1 vocabulary, making it an ideal educational tool for practicing your reading without introducing words above the HSK 1 level. By following a student’s day at school and his interactions with his teacher about the days of the week, you can familiarize yourself with basic conversational structures and the practical application of “星期,”.

At the Store (在 商店)- An HSK 1 Graded Reader Story

At the Store (在 商店)

This beginner-friendly story is ideal for Mandarin learners focusing on HSK 1 vocabulary. It features a simple scenario at a store, utilizing key words such as 商店 (shāngdiàn), (mǎi), and 苹果 (píngguǒ). The story’s straightforward dialogue and common phrases make it perfect for reinforcing essential vocabulary. Reading this will help you build confidence in using Mandarin for everyday shopping interactions, all while sticking to HSK 1 level words, ensuring a frustration-free learning experience.

My Chinese Teacher - An HSK 1 Story

My Chinese Teacher (我的 中国 老师)

This HSK 1 graded reader story uses many of the first words Chinese students learn, such as 老师 (lǎoshī), 学生 (xuéshēng), 你好 (nǐ hǎo), and 汉语 (Hànyǔ). It is an easy read for beginners, using only HSK 1 vocabulary and no words outside this level. The narrative centers on classroom interactions, showcasing practical and common phrases. By reading this story, you will enhance your HSK 1 vocabulary and gain confidence in using essential words and expressions in everyday settings.

Once (one time). HSK 2 Graded Reader Story.

Once (一次)

Chinese language students, understanding the meaning of the word 一次 (yí cì) is essential. The term 一次 translates directly to “one time” and means “once.” It applies to any event that occurs a single time. This word is commonly used in daily conversations, making it a key part of improving your Chinese proficiency. This graded reader story is written at the HSK 2 level, utilizing only HSK 2 vocabulary.

I Have No Money - HSK 1 Graded Reader Story

I Have No Money (我 没有 钱)

This story is an easy read for beginner Mandarin students because it uses only basic words from the HSK 1 vocabulary. 没有 (no money) is a good phrase to become familiar with as it’s a helpful phrase which you can bring into your Chinese conversations. The plot revolves around a simple scenario of wanting to buy a book but not having enough money, which highlights the use of this phrase. By practicing reading this story, you will improve your proficiency with HSK 1 vocabulary and gain confidence in using fundamental words and phrases in everyday situations.

My Watch - HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

My Watch (我的 手表)

Practice reading the Chinese word 手表 (shǒubiǎo), which means “watch.” By reading this simple story, which uses only HSK 2 vocabulary, you’ll learn to recognize the word for “watch” and how to use it in daily life. The story talks about how I use my watch every day, like checking the time, going to work, and running. This practice can help you get better at reading and understanding Chinese.

Many Things - A HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

Many Things (很多 事情)

This story is designed to help you learn and practice the Chinese phrase 很多 事情 (hěn duō shì qíng), which means “many things” or “a lot of things.” By following a busy day in the life of a family, you will see how “很多事情” is used to describe numerous tasks and activities. Through this engaging narrative, you’ll become more familiar with the phrase and how to use it in various contexts, enhancing your Mandarin vocabulary and making you more comfortable with everyday conversations.

Although (虽然) - An HSK 2 Story

Although (虽然)

This story is designed to help you practice and learn the word 虽然 (suī rán), which means “although” in Chinese. “虽然” introduces a contrast between two clauses. In this story, you’ll encounter various examples showing how “虽然” contrasts different situations and outcomes. By reading and recognizing the characters for “虽然,” you’ll add it to your vocabulary and become more comfortable using it in daily conversations, enhancing your Mandarin fluency.

My Classmate - HSK 1 Graded Reader Story

My Classmate (我的 同学)

This story is an easy read for beginner Mandarin students because it uses only basic words from the HSK 1 vocabulary. Here, you’ll practice reading basic sentence structures and vocabulary like “我们” (we), “学校” (school), “老师” (teacher), “同学” (classmate), and “学习” (to learn). The plot involves classmates going to school, finding their teacher, and learning to write Chinese characters, showing how fundamental words are used in conversation and building confidence in Mandarin skills.

Why Not? An HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

Why Not? (为什么 不)

In this story, 为什么 (wèishénme bù) is used as a way to ask “why not” in Mandarin Chinese. This phrase is versatile and can express curiosity or suggest an action. Through simple dialogues, you can see practical examples of how to incorporate “为什么 ” into everyday conversations. The story demonstrates its role in both questioning and making suggestions, enhancing your understanding and usage of this common expression. This story is written using HSK 2 level vocabulary.

What Time? A Chinese HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

What Time (什么 时候)

This HSK 2 short story features the phrase 什么 时候 (shénme shíhòu), which is commonly used to ask “what time”. This is a commonly used phrase in conversational Chinese and is extremely useful for asking about the timing of events. Understanding and practicing this phrase can greatly enhance your ability to handle everyday interactions in Chinese, making it an essential component of your language learning journey.

I Have Many Questions - HSK 2 Graded Reader Story

Many Questions (很多 问题)

In this dialogue, the word (duì) is used in various ways to convey different meanings. Initially, it’s used as a preposition to express interest and direction, while later functioning as an adjective meaning “correct” when confirming plans or answers. This story explores the versatility of , showing how it can ask for agreement, affirm correctness, and structure thoughtful questions around topics like education and decision-making.

Beautiful Day - An HSK 2 Graded Reader Story.

Beautiful Day (漂亮 的 一天)

Many students struggle with “出去” (chūqù, go out) because “” (chū, out) and “” (qù, go) sound so similar. Regular practice with “出去” can help with pronunciation, build confidence, and make it easier to use naturally. This story, written with HSK 2 vocabulary, is ideal for practicing “出去” along with 朋友 (péngyǒu, friend) and 一起 (yīqǐ, together). Follow five friends on their day of fun, enjoying outdoor activities and dining out, while reinforcing foundational vocabulary.

After You - HSK 3 Graded Reader Story Dialog

After You (您 先)

In Chinese, you don’t say “after you”; you say “您先” (nín xiān), a polite phrase to invite someone to proceed first. It’s a typical courtesy in Mandarin, embodying the culture’s respect and politeness. The following dialogue, using HSK 3 level vocabulary, illustrates practical uses of “您先” and other expressions. Regularly incorporating phrases like “您先” into your conversations is an excellent way to improve your Chinese proficiency.

Happy Weekend! A HSK 3 Graded Reader Story (Mandarin)

Happy Weekend (快乐 周末)

In this story, we include three popular HSK 3 words: “周末” (weekend), “打算” (plan), “游戏” (game), and “一直” (always). Using mostly HSK 2 vocabulary, this story is perfect for those just starting to study at the HSK 3 level. Join 小李 and his friends as they spend the weekend playing games and chatting, providing a natural context to practice these key words while building confidence in everyday conversation.

I'm Home! Chinese Graded Reader HSK 2

I’m Home! (我 到 家了!)

In this story, we practice common Mandarin Chinese phrases suitable for daily conversation, such as “ !” (I’m home!), “ 什么? ” (What are you doing?), and “想不想 电视? ” (Do you want to watch TV?). These expressions are fundamental for engaging with native speakers and are presented here using only HSK 2 vocabulary. Practice these phrases and try incorporating them into your daily interactions to enhance your conversational skills.

Enjoy your meal - HSK 2 graded reader

Enjoy your meal (好好 吃 吧)

In Chinese, the phrase 好好” (hǎohāo) followed by a verb is used to emphasize doing something well, properly, or thoroughly. This construct encourages the listener to put in a good effort or to pay special attention to the action described by the verb. It is frequently used in daily conversation. Below are some examples to help you learn, practice, and incorporate this structure into your everyday interactions.

I'm taller than him - HSK 2 graded reader story

I’m Taller Than Him (我 比 他 高)

This story will assist you in using the word ” (bǐ), meaning “than”. Understanding “” is crucial in Chinese because it’s used for comparisons in daily conversations, allowing you to express differences and preferences more effectively, thus improving your overall language skills. This HSK 2 graded reader story presents various examples of the Chinese comparative word 比to illustrate its practical application in everyday situations.