Textbooks and Workbooks


HSK Standard Course (Author: Jiang Liping)

《HSK 标准教程》 (作者:姜丽萍)

Authorized by Hanban, HSK Standard Course is developed under the joint efforts of 北京语言大学出版社 (Beijing Language and Culture University Press, or BLCUP) and 汉考国际教育科技 (Chinese Testing International, or CTI). With HSK test papers as its primary source, HSK Standard Course is characterized by a humorous style, familiar topics and a scientific course design. Matching the HSK test in all aspects, from the content, form to the levels, it is a series of new-type course books embodying the idea of “combining testing and teaching, and promoting learning and teaching by testing”. It is suitable for the Confucius Institutes in different countries as well as other Chinese teaching institutions and self-taught learners.

The whole series is divided into six levels matching the HSK test, with one volume for each of Levels 1-3 and two volumes for each of Levels 4-6, totaling nine volumes.

A Friendly Reminder

To take our online courses, you need to separately purchase the textbooks and corresponding workbooks for each level.

In China?

There are many physical bookstores in China that sell these textbooks and workbooks, but it may be more convenient to just order them online and have them delivered to your door. Here are some options to purchase online.

Outside of China?

The best option would be purchasing them online. PurpleCulture.net is a Hong Kong based online business dedicated in providing Chinese cultural and educational products. They stock all of the HSK Standard Course textbooks and workbooks, and provide worldwide shipping. Alternatively, you may also purchase them from Amazon.com. 

eBook available?

As of early 2020, the official textbook publisher (BLCUP) finally released the textbooks/workbooks in eBook format (flipviewer only for Windows PC as of now).

We still recommend buying physical copies of the book as many of our students also prefer learning with the paper-versions. But if buying the book is an issue for you, as an alternatively -  you can purchase the ebook version. Click on the "eBook: view" above the "Buy" button.

Our Courses

Ultimate Bundle: HSK 1-6

Over 900 videos and 74 hours of content, get access to all our HSK courses and view them anytime, anywhere. No subscription required.

Bundle: HSK 1-4

A beginners to intermediate level course bundle with over 613 videos and additional learning resources.

Bundle: HSK 5-6 + Path To Fluency

With 329 videos and over 36 hours of content, this bundle is geared towards advanced Chinese learners.


Be able to communicate the most basic ideas in Chinese.  Learn 150 Chinese words, and learn the most basic Chinese grammar. This is the "zero" level.


Be able to achieve more functions in the language.  Learn 150 more Chinese words and expand on the basic grammatical structures.


Be able to communicate more complex thoughts, both in written and verbal forms. Learn 300 more Chinese words, and the most essential grammar.


Be able to communicate the more complex ideas in Chinese.  Learn 600 more Chinese words. Becoming more expressive and understand a wider range of thoughts.


Be able to communicate more advanced ideas, start to explore different genres of literature.  Learn 1,300 additional words more difficult grammar structures.


Be able to communicate highly sophisticated ideas, understand most news media.  Learn an additional 2,500 Chinese words.  

NEW COURSE! FREE for a limited time only.

Phonetics with Chinese Characteristics

A course focusing on the essentials of Mandarin Chinese pronunciation and important phonetics. Geared towards beginners but suitable for all levels. Learn and fix common pronunciation mistakes.

Path To Fluency

This course helps students at HSK 5 or 6 progress to actual fluency, beyond the HSK curriculum. It teaches strategies on how to discover topics of interest, and provides tips and resources on how to obtain authentic Chinese material.

Ci Shifu: Chinese Word Builder

Learning vocabulary is hard. But it's easier if you know the most common roots and patterns in words.
100 videos - learn how to build 1700 words from 100 base patterns and supercharge your vocabulary!

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We provide engaging and comprehensive video courses for serious Chinese learners at all levels, from HSK 1 to HSK 6.


We believe that the purpose of learning a language is to be able to accomplish tasks, or functions.  Following a standardized curriculum (HSK) and a practice-centered approach (with language partners), our video courses bring real learning results that equip students in the real Chinese-speaking world.


Ken Dai, co-founder
Location: Vancouver Canada
Email: ken@chinesezerotohero.com



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