The Portuguese - English Frequency Dictionary - Essential Vocabulary shows you the 2.500 most used Portuguese words with their English translation, 2.500 example sentences and correct pronunciation through International Phonetic Alphabet entries.
With this vocabulary you will be able to understand 95% of all daily spoken Portuguese, and 85% of all written Portuguese. We included both Brazilian PT and European Portuguese.
We believe in science. We believe that speaking a language in the shortest amount possible, is the #1 goal. Facts why our language books are so efficient:
Every study on language learning and frequency lists starts with stating that subtitles are the best way to discover word frequencies that you will use in day to day situations.
"Previous evidence has shown that word frequencies calculated from corpora based on film and television subtitles can readily account for reading performance, since the language used in subtitles greatly approximates everyday language."*
Our dictionaries are made out analyzing millions of Portuguese subtitles. Subtitles are the best choice to find out how often you use a word. Subtitles correlate to both spoken and written texts, respectively 73% and 85%, according to science.
Other frequency lists often base themselves on written texts (e.g. newspapers, fiction novels, non-fiction books, etc.) While this helps discover the most common words, it lays the focus on written vocabulary.
Our frequency dictionaries are unique, because they cover both spoken and written vocabulary.
Remember studying a language in high-school? In most language learning programs, you start with the basics.
You go through each chapter, starting at 1. Ninety-nine percent of the time, chapters are divided thematically.
This approach is wrong. It is utterly ineffective.
Traditional learning methods are designed to make you able to handle yourself in a broad range of situation.
Traditional learning methods have you learn words like "throat" very early on.
But "garganta" (throat) is only ranked as the #4239 most common Portuguese word. Not very effective learning it early on, is it now?
Our frequency dictionaries teach you actual useful words, words that you are most likely to encounter and use in real life situations.
Our dictionaries contain phonetically written Portuguese entries. If you're reading the e-book version of our frequency dictionaries, the text-to-speech option helps you with pronunciation by playing the Portuguese words as audio.
If you're studying vocabulary from a word list, however, correct pronunciation might not always be crystal clear.
In English, take for example the words:
While the spelling is similar, the words are pronounced completely different.
By phonetically spelling a word, you'll be guaranteed to get your pronunciation right. We use the international phonetic alphabet for phonetic spelling of Portuguese words.
Learning words from a pure word list isn't exactly natural. When you were learning your native language, you got input in the form of whole sentences.
This is how you discovered grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary naturally.
Science has discovered that words learned through context are internalized faster. By giving meaning to a word through a Portuguese to English example sentence, we mimic natural language learning for you.
And, another benefit: by actively studying the example sentences and their translations, you are able to expand your vocabulary by learning new words through context.
The 2.500 example sentences consist out of roughly 92.000 words. That is similar to having read a 250 page novel in Portuguese. Awesome vocabulary practice, right?
Our example sentences repeat more used words more often. By frequently encountering previously learned vocabulary you will learn faster through the principle of spaced repetition.
Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned
material; this exploits the psychological spacing effect.
"Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works" - The Guardian
Spaced repetition helps you remember vocabulary faster and better.
How often do you need to revisit your vocabulary? That is a secret we will tell you in our books..
While it’s impossible to pin down these numbers and statistics 100% correctly, the follow estimates are a global average of multiple sources. According to science, this is the amount of vocabulary needed for different levels of fluency.
The Portuguese English Frequency Dictionary covers vocabulary from A1 to roughly B1+.
To measure proficiency in a language, we utilize the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) ratings.
Note: the Common European Languages Framework does not provide a clear vocabulary size for any of its levels, so we do not know how many knows words are expected at each niveau.
In 2009, a notable study tried to measure vocabulary size needed for various levels of fluency. These are the results for English, French and Modern Greek.
Keep in mind that Portuguese is a romance language, and is rather closely related to French. Results will be more or less comparable.
The Portuguese English Frequency Dictionary - Essential Vocabulary covers vocabulary roughly from A1 to B1+.
|CEFR level||Vocabulary size: English||Vocabulary size: French||Vocabulary size: Modern Greek|
|A2||1500 – 2500||1650||2237|
|B1||2750 – 3250||2422||3288|
|B2||3250 – 3750||2630||3956|
|C1||3750 – 4500||3212|
|C2||4500 – 5000||3525|
Vocabulary size and the CEFR (Milton and Alexiou 2009)