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    I came across a website with past exam papers for undergraduates studying Chinese at Cambridge University. I thought I'd post the link here in case it's of interest, and it might help answer the question that often comes up on the forums about what kind of Chinese proficiency to expect after studying Chinese for one year, or after a full undergraduate course, etc. I was in fact hunting around for Classical Chinese material, but there's the Modern Chinese exams there too. As I understand it, Part IA would be the exams taken after one year of study, Part IB is after two years. Students then study in China for a year before returning for their fourth and final year, so the Part II exams are those taken at the end of that final year. I think all papers (so both Modern and Classical) on Part IA and IB are compulsory, don't know about Part II. I then had a look to see if other UK universities make past papers available too, but the ones I googled seemed to all need student ID. Here's the link: https://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/faculty-library/past-exam-papers
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    For what it's worth, regarding lists of HSK 4 grammar points... I just came across this publication, referenced in an HSK preparation book: HSK Test Syllabus (2015) Level 4 https://www.purpleculture.net/hsk-test-syllabus-2015-level-4-p-22933/ Publication Date: 09/2015 ISBN: 9787107304217 Publisher: People's Education Press Series: HSK Test Syllabus (2015) In particular, for HSK 4 grammar points the preparation book cites this chapter, p16-19: "HSK(四级)语言点大纲" There's also a PDF scan here at Manchester Uni which looks like the pages of a reference book, quite possibly the pages 16-19 mentioned above (although not in sequence): http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/schools/salc/centres/confucius/hsk/grammarlists/hsk-4-grammar-points-list.pdf
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    I don't think Cantonese is dying. But there are changes. Going to Guangzhou recently, I was told there are many non-Cantonese speakers. If, in a big group, there is only one person who can't speak Cantonese, the whole group will switch to Mandarin. I met a few Mandarin speakers in the finance industry bewailing the fact they cannot improve their Cantonese because at work, people will use either English or Putonghua with them. So the desire to fit in is there. I did recently meet a neighbour who who spoke both Cantonese and Mandarin. She told me she went to England for Uni and work, came to HK and learnt Cantonese on top. I'd say her Cantonese accent is not bad at all. Cantonese is fashionable amongst the young because, well, it's easier to fit in amongst the peer group. This goes for those who are children of non-cantonese speaking migrants. I think that's pretty understandable.
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