Why Learn 1000 Words in a Foreign Language?
Language is like a brick house, and words are bricks. In order to understand 80% of speech, you need to memorize the 1000 most common words in your target language.
In this article, I will show how to build vocabulary from the 1000 most common words without self-torture and boring activities.
How to Learn 1000 Words in a Foreign Language the Right Way
It is important to memorize the words in a foreign language before you start using them. There are many ways to memorize words, but the most effective way is by using a word list with the 1000 most common words in any language.
The first step is to pick a list of 1000 words in your target language. This will be your starting point for learning a new language.
Let’s suppose you’re just starting to learn a language. In our Fast Language Mastery method, I recommend learning at least one or more grammar subjects per day. What’s more, I recommend combining grammar learning and vocabulary building.
Divide the list of 1000 words by 33 words per day. It would be 999 words for 30 days. On the 30th day, learn 34 words to make it 1000.
Why? Because while learning grammar, you need to practice using the grammar. For example, you learn verb conjugation in the present tense today. Practice conjugating verbs and building sentences using today’s list of 33 words. The next day, for example, you learn to conjugate verbs in the past tense – use the next day’s list of 33 words, and so on.
10 Useful Tips to Learn 1000 Words in a Foreign Language
Along with grammar practice, there should be vocabulary-building activities every day too. And here are my favorite vocabulary-building activities:
- Use words in a context
- Write down associations for each word
- Write a diary every day and write down new words
- Play the game “Guess the word” (describe a word without using it)
- Draw a word
- Writing/Talking about “Today’s topic”. Check out the article “How to learn a language in 30 days” to learn more about this method.
- Write down most forgettable words, and most often use words.
- Have today’s vocabulary list on your desktop.
- Have flashcards at your desk and check them from time to time.
- Grammar practice along with Today’s vocabulary list.
In order to build vocabulary maximally effectively, I created 23 printable worksheets that you can print out and use for daily language learning. Organize your learning process by using the worksheets and save tens of hours a week, and speed up your learning by 300% or more.
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