English vocabulary PRIORITY
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- Recognise about a third of the words they encounter
- Pronounce very common sounds
- Relate the top 25 words with each other
- Understand what about a third of all words encountered mean and how to use them
- Be able to read and write
When your goal is to learn English, it is very important you start learning things that will help you learn even more things rather than learn one-off useless things that are rarely used and generally unhelpful, despite being difficult.
This will halve the time it takes for you to learn English! We learn the most used words first so that they can help us learn new words.
The top 25 words in the English language account for about a third of usage. This makes it a priority to have a deep familiarisation with them to help you learn other words. The mathematical idea behind this is that of exponential growth which can vastly accelerate one's learning. Said in another way, we are using the words we learn first to help us learn the words we will need later.
- Beginner English learners
- Adult English learners
The word guessing game. Can be played alone or with a group. The goal is to guess the top 25 words.
Alone: list 50-100 words and then compare lists
With a group: Get someone who is not learning to be the host and confirms correct guesses. The person with the most correct guesses when all of the words are guessed wins and the team score is the total number of guesses required to do this or if you want you can also keep track of the total amount of time.
Number one on the list. What does it mean? (what is the difference between 'the' and 'a'?)
Something that causes many mistakes because it is a difficult word to understand. It comes before a noun and means one thing but only one thing! So it is used to specifically refer to one thing. While 'a' says it is one thing among possibly many similar things.
Can you make a sentence with just the words in the top 25? (I don't think you can!) Can you make 10 partial sentences using at least 3 words from the top 25? What is the longest connected part of a sentence you can make?