I’m populating the HSK Levels with definitions from Popup Chinese, Lingomi and CC-DICT. In the attached Excel file the levels 1-3 are now complete. This is ‘only’ 600 of the 5000 words that I need to do but it is at least a start.
I want to choose English definitions represents the meaning of the character or word as it is (and according to the pinyin pronunciation as defined by Hanban). I found that Popup Chinese was often too concise while Lingomi was mostly a dictionary dump from CC-DICT that often was too long and included meanings beyond the word or character.
Also, pinyin comes in three different forms: the orginal Hanban form where the words are not separated [yìjǔliǎngdé], spaced tone form [yì jǔ liǎng dé] and numbered tones [yi4 ju3 liang3 de2].
I would appreciate your feedback or input to this list. If you want to update the Excel file then please do so with Review function on so that I can track the changes. The Excel sheet can be manipulated with different filters and sort methods and a learner of Chinese can upload the file into his or her favorite Chinese learning tool. It will be the base vocabulary list for the upcoming iHanzi flashcard app for iPhone.
I hope this will help students or other app developers out there. I aim to keep these lists open-source so that they can be shared and improved over time.