Now available as E-book and as a physical copy.
The Spanish English Frequency Dictionary - Essential Vocabulary provides you with the 2.500 most used words in Spanish to English, with 2.500 examples sentences and exact pronuncation with the International Phonetic Alphabet.
By knowing the 2.500 most common words and verbs you will be able to understand 95% of all daily Spoken Spanish, and 85% of all written Spanish text.
By having a base vocabulary, you will be able to discover unknown words through context. More than enough to make language learning natural, easy, and fun.
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 scientific study out there 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 Spanish subtitles. Subtitles are the best choice to find out how often you use a word. Subtitles corrolate to both spoken and written texts, respectively 73% and 85% (link to study.)
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.
*Study: Moving beyond Kucera and Francis: a critical evaluation of current word frequency norms and the introduction of a new and improved word frequency measure for American English."
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. 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.
I remember learning the word for "throat", garganta, somewhere very early on when I had Spanish lessons.
But it's ranked as the #4347 most common word in Spanish. Not very effective if you ask me.
Our frequency dictionaries teach you useful words, words that you are most likely to encounter and use in real life situations.
Our dictionaries contain phonetically written Spanish entries. If you're using the e-book version of our frequency dictionaries, the text-to-speech helps you with pronunciation by playing the Spanish word as audio.
If you're studying vocabulary from a word list, pronunciation might not always be straight forward.
In English, take for example the words:
While the spelling is similar, the way the words are pronounced is completely different.
By phonetically spelling words, you'll always get your pronunciation right. We use the international phonetic alphabet for phonetic spelling of Spanish 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 Spanish to English example sentences, we mimic the way of natural language learning.
And by actively studying the example sentences and their translation, you will expand your vocabulary by learning other words through context.
The 2500 example sentences consist out of 100.000 words. That is like having read a 250 page novel in your target language. Great vocabulary practice, isn't it?
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 repition 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 important to note it’s impossible to pin down these numbers and statistics with 100% accuracy, these are a global average of multiple sources. According to research, this is the amount of vocabulary needed for varying levels of fluency.
The Spanish English Frequency Dictionary covers vocabulary from roughly A1 to B1.
To measure language proficiency, we use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) ratings.
However, 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 level.
In 2009, a scientific study tried to measure vocabulary size needed for fluency. These are the results for English, French and Modern Greek.
Keep in mind, Spanish is a romance language, like French. The Spanish 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)