Introducing ChineseLevel – Test your Chinese Reading

By Confused Laowai | Date: February 13th, 2012 | Category: Learning Techniques

Ah, the digital age is upon us. I think Chinese learning, and language learning in general is getting very exciting lately. It became even more exciting, when I received a tweet, this weekend, from an acquaintance studying in Taiwan at the moment. His wife went with me on my trip to Beijing in 2009. Without further ado, I introduce ChineseLevel.

It offers a quick test, that tracks how many words you know. Apparently I can read 80% of newspapers! The site then recommends you articles based on your level. That’s the initial core functionality of it. Having only just launched, a bright future lies ahead for ChineseLevel. Herman Schaaf, the creator of the site, did some research himself into reading Chinese newspapers. Check out his research results.

I feel there’s a lot more to add in terms of features, but it’s a slick design and great offering for an initial launch. Be sure to sign up and keep track of ChineseLevel. Another site that I’ve been beta testing, 3000hanzi, by Steven of Lingomi, is also looking for a launch this week. They’ve got similar ideas, aiding learners with Chinese reading development. We all know that is a tough job! Here’s to a brighter Chinese future. And hopefully we’ll be reading Chinese newspapers in no time.

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  • Jack

    Weird, I am a native Chinese speaker, so when I took the test, it tells me I can only understand 50% even though I did not highlight any of the word (I understand them all!)

  • http://niel.delarouviere.com NielDLR

    Hi Jack,

    that’s strange. I just tested what you said and it does say that. I’m contacing the developer about this problem.

  • http://profiles.google.com/herman.schaaf Herman Schaaf

    ChineseLevel developer here. Thanks for letting me know about the bug – it turns out to have happened only in the extreme cases (know nothing, or know everything). It was a simple problem and I fixed that, and I also made some improvements to the guess in other cases, but with the extra data it will be improving over time!

    Also, you might be happy to know that the site now estimates you know around 57,997 words, and understand 100% of a newspaper.  I heard the average Chinese college graduate knows about 60,000 words, so sounds about right? :)

    Regards, Herman

  • http://lingomi.com/ Steven Daniels

    I’ve been working on my own Chinese Reading Level Test and have thought about it for a while. 
    I think ChineseLevel is going in the right direction, but I have doubts about the efficacy or usefulness of guessing how many words someone knows.

    Here’s a post with some of my ideas:http://3000hanzi.com/blog/why-most-chinese-reading-level-tests-get-it-wrong/

  • Mixedupcody

    This is interesting, but I’ve only been learning Mandarin for about a month, and I have flash cards for every word I know, so I know I only know 216 words. The site said I know 930.

  • http://niel.delarouviere.com NielDLR

    That’s quite weird. Yeah, these tests aren’t always accurate as they work on algorithms.

  • http://www.abacareinsurancechina.com/ leto

    Looks great! I should pass this test! I’m always curious about the numbers and if they help me to measure my knowledge it wpuld be really great!