HSK is the acronym for hàn yǔ shuǐ píng kǎo shì (汉语水平考试), which means “Mandarin Chinese Proficiency Test”.  The HSK 1 vocabulary comes from the official website Han Ban(孔子学院).

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- Chinese Pinyin English Level
1àito love1
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3爸爸bà badad1
4北京Běi jīngBeijing1
5杯子bēi zicup, glass1
6běnroot, basis, foundation, origin, capital Measure, for books, files, etc.1
7no, not1
8不客气bú kè qiyou are welcome1
9càidish, vegetable1
10chátea1
11chīto eat1
12出租车chū zū chētaxi1
13big, great1
14打电话dǎ diàn huàto make a phone call1
15deto form an attribute1
16diǎnpoint, dot, to nod, to click Measure, a little, a bit1
17电脑diàn nǎocomputer1
18电视diàn shìTV(-set)1
19电影diàn yǐngmovie, film1
20东西dōng xithing1
21dōuall, both, all, both1
22to read aloud1
23对不起duì bu qǐsorry, I'm sorry1
24duōmuch, many 1
25多少duō shaohow many, how much1
26èr21
27儿子ér zison1
28饭馆fàn guǎnrestaurant1
29飞机fēi jīairplane1
30分钟fēn zhōngminute1
31高兴gāo xìnghappy, glad, cheerful1
32Measure, for almost everything1
33工作gōng zuòjob, to work1
34gǒudog1
35汉语hàn yǔChinese language1
36hǎogood, nice 1
37with, and1
38to drink1
39hěnvery, quite1
40后面hòu miànrear, back, behind1
41huíto return, to answer, to reply Measure, for events of action1
42huìmeeting, conference Auxiliary, can, to be able to1
43火车站huǒ chē zhàntrain station1
44how many, several1
45jiāfamily, home, houshold Measure, for businesses, families1
46jiàoto be called, to call, to shout1
47今天jīn tiāntoday1
48jiǔ91
49kāito open, to start, to drive (car, etc.)1
50kànto see, to watch, to look at1
51看见kàn jiànto see, to catch sight of1
52kuàiMeasure, for a piece1
53láito come, to arrive, ever since1
54老师lǎo shīteacher1
55leindicating past or change1
56lěngcold1
57in, inside Measure, for 0.5 km1
58líng01
59liù61
60mato form a question1
61妈妈mā mamother1
62mǎito buy1
63māocat1
64méinot1
65没关系méi guān xiit doesn't matter1
66米饭mǐ fàn(cooked) rice1
67明天míng tiāntomorrow1
68名字míng ziname1
69that 1
70which1
71neto build a question based on already mentioned subjects1
72néngAuxiliary, to be able to 1
73you (singular)1
74niányear1
75女儿nǚ érdaughter1
76朋友péng youfriend1
77漂亮piào liangpretty, beautiful1
78苹果píng guǒapple1
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80qiánmoney1
81前面qián miànahead, in front1
82qǐngto ask, to invite, please 1
83to go1
84hot, warm1
85rénperson, people1
86认识rèn shiunderstanding, knowledge, awareness, to know, to recognize, to understand, to be familiar with1
87day, sun1
88sān31
89shàngto go up, to attend, to climb, on, upon, previous, upper1
90商店shāng diànshop, store1
91上午shàng wǔmorning1
92shǎofew, little1
93shéiwho1
94什么shén mewhat1
95shí101
96shìis, to be1
97时候shí houtime, moment, period1
98shūbook1
99shuǐWater1
100水果shuǐ guǒfruit1
101睡觉shuì jiàoto sleep, to go to bed1
102说话shuō huàto speak, to talk, to gossip1
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104suìMeasure, "years old"1
105he1
106she1
107tàitoo, extremely1
108天气tiān qìweather1
109tīngto listen, to hear, to obey Measure, for canned beverages1
110同学tóng xuéclassmate1
111wèito feed, to breed, hello1
112I1
113我们wǒ menwe1
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115喜欢xǐ huanto like1
116xiàdescend, fall Measure, for times of action, below, down, under1
117下午xià wǔafternoon1
118下雨xià yǔto rain1
119先生xiān shengMister (Mr.), teacher1
120现在xiàn zàinow1
121xiǎngto think, to miss Auxiliary, to want1
122xiǎosmall1
123小姐xiǎo jiěMiss, young lady1
124xiěto write1
125xiēMeasure, some, few, several1
126谢谢xiè xiethanks!1
127星期xīng qīweek1
128学生xué shengstudent, pupil1
129学习xué xíto study, to learn1
130学校xué xiàoschool1
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132衣服yī fuclothes1
133医生yī shēngdoctor1
134医院yī yuànhospital1
135椅子yǐ zichair1
136yǒuto have, to exist, to be1
137yuèmonth, moon1
138zàiat, on, in, for action in progress 1
139再见zài jiàngoodbye, see you1
140怎么zěn mehow1
141怎么样zěn me yànghow is/are, how about that?1
142zhèthis 1
143中国Zhōng guóChina1
144中午zhōng wǔnoon, midday1
145zhùto live, to stay, to reside1
146桌子zhuō zitable1
147word, character1
148zuòto do, to make1
149zuòto sit, to take (bus, train, etc.)1
150昨天zuó tiānyesterday1

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  6. hsk 6 vocabulary list

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