When do you stop studying a language? What is your long term goal?
Some Mandarin learners use the HSK test as a way of determining their proficiency level, however there is a difference between acing a language test and being fluent in the language.
That said, I have taken note of the vocabulary I am suppose to know at HSK level 1 and will tick off the words learned from the list at the end of each month. If I end up knowing > 75% of the list of words comfortably then maybe I will attempt the HSK 1 test.
HSK_Level_1_(New_HSK) <— download the list
My long term goal would be to understand Chinese TV (history documentaries) and read history books for secondary school kids.
Q. What are you going to use to track your progress?
What is HSK?
According to Wikipedia: ‘The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, abbreviated as HSK, is the People’s Republic of China‘s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiencyfor non-native speakers, namely foreign students, overseas Chinese and members of ethnic minority groups in China. It translates literally to “Chinese Proficiency Test” ‘.
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” Chinese proverb