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Spanish English  Frequency Dictionary Essential Vocabulary

Spanish English Frequency Dictionary Essential Vocabulary

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1. Why this dictionary was created

This dictionary was created because I needed a word list of the most frequent used words & verbs in Spanish,to help me learn Spanish in the shortest amount of time possible.

I started passing it around to friends and got great feedback on it, so I decided to turn it into a book. I hope you find it as useful as it was for my friends and me.

Why study by frequency?

If you ́re not familiar with the importance of frequency word lists when it comes to language learning, here is a short summary:

Language learning is fun, but can be overwhelming. Almost every language as hundreds of thousands different words, but most of them you will rarely use. That’s why it makes sense to study only the words you actually need to know to have conversations and read in your desired language.
Frequency dictionaries are usually either text based, or speech based. The unique advantage of using subtitles as a method of frequency sorting is that it covers both speaking and reading (73% and 83%respectively).
By only studying the words you will actually use, it is possible to gain a good grasp of a language in a short amount of time. By knowing 2500 words, you can express yourself in everyday situations and be fluent enough have conversations with locals.
On average, you only use 1000 words in any language on a daily spoken basis. This translates to roughly 95% of all words you use daily speech. When it comes to reading, 2500 words will get you to understand  around 85% of all words used in written text.

This is idea is based on the Pareto Principle.
You might have heard about it. Pareto was an Italian economist who discovered that 80% of the output comes from only 20% of the input (or material, or effort).
It also applies to language learning. To understand 95% of a foreign language, and become fluent enough in everyday speaking and reading, it might take 3 months of applied learning.
But to get to a 98% understanding might take 10 years. Talk about diminishing returns!
I ́m not promising you to speak like a native. That is completely up to you. But, in my opinion, it ́s a waste of time. The goal of acquiring a new language is to be able to communicate. Not to speak without errors. Most natives don’t even speak without making mistakes.
When you acquired your first language as an infant, did your parents give you hours and hours of detailed grammar study? (I hope not)
Build your vocabulary, learn basic grammar and go out there and speak. Make mistakes, have a laugh and learn from them. Good luck!

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