Language Learning: How Many Words Do You Need to Learn? – OUINO.com


Language Learning: How Many Words Do You Need
to Learn Exactly? How many words do you need to learn to be
fluent in your new language? That’s a question we get very often, and unfortunately,
it’s almost impossible to answer. Let me ask you this: how many words do you
know in English? Five thousand or fifty thousand? Chances are, you have no idea, right? Another problem with this question is that
the definition of “fluent” in itself varies greatly for many people. What does “fluent” mean to you? Does it mean to be able to express your basic
thoughts without too much trouble, or does it mean to be able to hold a conversation
for hours on end? In this post, we will explore this common
question. First, How Many Words Does a Language Contain? The second edition of the 20-volume Oxford
English Dictionary contains over 170,000 words in common use! If you take into account that a lot of these
words have different meanings, it can be quite intimidating. The good news is that most of these words
are not used in everyone’s daily life. In fact, it’s estimated that the average native
speaker uses about 20,000 words. We only use a small fraction of the words
in our own language. How Is It Possible to Learn so Many Words? Learning 20,000 words seems like a daunting
task. But keep in mind that words don’t have the
same importance, not even close. In fact, the English article “the” is used
over 50 times in this post! That’s more than 5% of the entire content
in a single word! On average, the 3000 most important words
make up approximately 90% of a language. Yes, there are several thousand words in any
language, but learning just a few hundred will make a huge difference on how much you
can understand. And once you know the most important words,
it becomes much easier to learn additional words from context. A Language Is Like a Huge Jigsaw Puzzle. Imagine you are putting together a huge 20,000-piece
jigsaw puzzle. In this puzzle, none of the pieces are the
same size. How would you get started? Your instinct will likely be to start putting
the extra-large pieces together, right? Exactly. Once you have the 3,000 biggest pieces of
the puzzle together, you can now see 90% of the image, but have only 15% of the pieces
together. You can now recognize the image, but completing
the rest of the puzzle will allow you to see the true beauty of this masterpiece. You Need to Add Colors to the Large Puzzle
Pieces. But what if all the puzzle pieces were to
be blank? Every single piece, even the bigger ones. It would be next to impossible to put the
puzzle together, right? That’s what a foreign language can feel like. Learning new words is like adding colors to
those puzzle pieces. A learning method like OUINO will help you
do that. When the large pieces are colored, the smaller
ones can be learned through language exposure. The Remaining Pieces Are Learned From Context. Let’s say you learn the word “alfombra” in
the OUINO language-learning program. You then watch the movie Aladdin dubbed in
Spanish and hear the words “alfombra mágica” over and over again. It’s easy to understand that it means “magic
carpet”. But what if you didn’t learn the word “alfombra”
before? There’s a good chance that it would take a
lot longer to grasp the meaning because your brain just loves to simply ignore the things
it doesn’t understand. This is just one example of how multiple learning
sources can work together. Conclusion. The truth is that no one knows exactly how
many words are needed to be fluent in a language. But in the end, it’s not all that important. You have to remind yourself that baby steps
do add up very quickly. If you learn only 6 words a day, you’ll learn
over 2000 words in the next year! That’s the vocabulary equivalent of a five-year-old. When you break down your goal into smaller
parts, it doesn’t look nearly as daunting. In case you’re interested, We’ve made a free
video compilation of the top 100 words in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. These words are used extremely frequently
and make up to 50% of spoken words in any given sentence. This can give you a solid head start. Just click on one of those videos to check
them out! Thanks a lot! In case you’re interested, We’ve made a free
video compilation of the top 100 words in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. These words are used extremely frequently
and make up to 50% of spoken words in any given sentence. This can give you a solid head start. Just click on one of those videos to check
them out! If you want to take it a step further, we
also have a complete language course. You’ll learn thousands of words and interact
with them in many ways. You can find us at OUINO.com, that’s O, U,
I, N, O, dot com. Thanks a lot!

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