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MINIMUM CORE VOCABULARY LIST BY TOPIC


(for first examination in June 2017)
January 2015

The arrangement is by Hanyu pinyin syllable, with homophones being arranged in order of their
tones.

The Minimum Core Vocabulary List is primarily intended as a guide for teachers to assist in the
planning of schemes of work and preparing candidates for the assessment. Please note that this
list should not be seen as a self-study aid and candidates may need help from their teacher to
interpret some items correctly.

The assessment tasks in Sections 1 and 2 of the Listening and Reading Papers (Papers 1 and 2)
and Role Plays A (Paper 3) and Section 1 of the Writing Paper will be based on the Minimum Core
Vocabulary List. The assessment may contain some unfamiliar vocabulary but this will not be
tested.

The list should be used in conjunction with the List of Grammar and Structures.

It does not attempt to contain all numerals and ordinals, common place names, derivatives or
compound nouns, if they can be formed by joining words listed in their literal meanings.
Candidates should, however, be expected to be familiar with these.

The Minimum Core Vocabulary is listed under two headings.

General Notions

Vocabulary for Topic Areas A, B and C

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GENERAL NOTIONS

Notes: (1) As so many words in Chinese can play more than one grammatical role, their
inclusion in a particular category here does not imply a restriction on their usage.
(2) Some words in the General Notions section have, for convenience, been repeated in
the Topic Area vocabulary lists.

Adjectival and attributive phrases

Adverbs and adverbial phrases

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Auxiliary verbs

(di)

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Colours

Conjunctions and conjunctive patterns

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Container measure words

Idioms and pleasantries

Localisers

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Measure words (Other measure words may be used but will not be tested)

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Nouns (see also Vocabulary for Topic Areas A, B & C)

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Numbers

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Particles

Prepositions and coverbs

Pronouns (see also Question words)

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Question words

Stative verbs

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Surnames

Time expressions

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,etc.

etc

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Units of length and mass

Units of money

Verbal measure-words

Verbs

()

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(d)

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(hun)

(lio)

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Verb-object compounds

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TOPIC AREA A: EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES

A1 HOMELIFE

Housing and location

Jobs around the house/daily routine

Rooms, garage and description

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Taking a bath/shower

Eating routines

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A2 SCHOOL ROUTINE

Places in a school; people in school; objects found in a school

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Describing a school day; exams; school holidays

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School subjects; learning Chinese

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Opinions about school

Travel to and from school

/,

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A3 EATING AND DRINKING

Food and drink; meals

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Places to eat; types of food

Expressing simple opinions about food likes/dislikes; tastes

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A4 HEALTH AND FITNESS

Saying how well/unwell you feel

Saying where a pain is and giving symptoms

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Calling for help; medical personnel

At the chemist or hospital

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TOPIC AREA B: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL LIFE

B1 SELF, FAMILY, PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, PETS

Personal details

(also candidates own nationality)

Family and personal relationships

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Pets

Occupations and roles

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B2 EVERYDAY LIFE

Leisure activities and sports

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Places in a town

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Offering, accepting and refusing invitations

Times, days of the week, months, dates

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etc.

, etc.

Buying tickets

[]

Describing leisure activities

B3 EATING OUT

General (see also A3 Eating and drinking)

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Ordering a meal; asking for the bill

Asking for table items

B4 HOLIDAYS

Festivals and special occasions

Holidays; getting around (see also B2 Everyday Life: Leisure activities and sports)

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Hotel

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TOPIC AREA C THE WORLD AROUND US

C1 HOME TOWN AND GEOGRAPHICAL SURROUNDINGS

Home town and geographical surroundings (see also B2 Everyday Life: Places in a town)

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Countries and continents (also candidates own country)

Natural environment, plants

C2 CLOTHES

Shopping for clothes

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C3 SHOPPING

General

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Shopping for food and drink

C4 PUBLIC SERVICES, CUSTOMS ETC.

Post office and telecommunications

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Bank

Lost property

C5 WEATHER

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C6 FINDING THE WAY

Finding the way (see also General Notions: Localisers)

(,,,,,)

(,)

Attracting the attention of a passer-by

Asking/stating where a place is; how to get there

Asking if a place is near/ far

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C7 MEETING AND GREETING PHRASES

Greeting someone

Asking how somebody is

Formal introductions

C8 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

Public transport

[service number]

()

[route number]

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Private transport

C9 FAMOUS SITES AND FAMOUS CITIES

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C10 ANIMALS

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