OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH INSTITUTE
We had been adding translations letter-by-letter starting with the smallest to largest
and had half the letters covered when we decided it would be more immediately valuable to users if we have the entire alphabet covered for the most common words for a uniformly minimum level, and remembered the SCOWL project had such a spelling list. We took this list (discussed below), confirmed that such current popular usages were covered in the translation lists that had already been completed, and began adding the Level 10 non-Basic words before moving to the next level of depth.
We also added the most common suffix and translations.
Translation Version 0.4
By the way, we include the English and American variants and have always included alternate spellings for translations of which we were aware.
About SCOWL -- Spell Checking Oriented Word Lists by Kevin Atkinson at http://wordlist.sourceforge.net/
He defines levels as:
Anything larger allows too many spelling errors to be accepted and is only useful to gamers -- crossword, scrabble, etc.
He continues to level 95 with 628,000 spellings which he classifies as an "insane" level.
STATUS by Letters of the Alphabet.
|10|| 5K words||starter||included in any of several of top 1000-word lists plus common internet words.
|20|| 14K words||pocket||words included in all dictionaries||
|35|| 49K words|| small||words included in 11 of 12 dictionaries.
|50|| 94K words|| medium ||words appear in 5 of 12 dictionaries
|70|| 200K words||large||words appear in any of 12 dictionaries
Basic English words, international, and derivatives -- all.
Special Wordlists, [general] plus [second] indicated -- all.
Internet/computer Words -- all.
Alternate spellings (level 25) -- all.
Common -suffix -- all
Common words, level 10 -- all
These far exceed the number of words in The Basic Dictionary.
BASIC,10-:A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z ver 0.1
SPECIAL: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z ver 0.2
LEVEL 10+:A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z ver 0.3n
TBD, 15: A, B, C, J, K, L, M, N, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, Z Version 0.4
LEVEL 20: , B, C, J, K, L, N, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
GBD, 25:A-Am,B, C, J, K, N, Q, X, Y, Z
Planned for Version 0.4
All words from "The Basic Dictionary" translated.
All of the Basic words: the 850, the derivatives, international, compound words, special, detail, and "next step" words.
Plus the most used non-Basic vocabulary translations to level 10.
American dialect at level 25.
The complete "Basic Dictionary" of translations.
In addition 1/2 at the pocket dictionary level (20), and some letters are at the a small desktop, "General Basic English Dictionary", level (25).
Further steps in Verson 0.4 will take everything to the TBD level which was the original target for this year as version 0.5. Because we are combining various sources, at 25,000 words, spellings, and meanings, we have
already exceeded this level, on average.
V 0.5 . The Basic Dictionary is about level 15. Completion involves filling in the words with longer translations from Ogden's translation dictionary. Plus any higher levels submitted by member volunteers.
V 0.6 . Level 20. The short letters and completed GBD letters were quickly brought to the 20 level. Filling in the larger letters will complete version 6. This will be an interum stopping point that will yield a solid pocket dictionary.
The General Basic English Dictionary, about level 25, is a small desktop and contains both many more words and more multiple senses of words -- and is not scheduled.