In this section we show you how to increase your vocabulary quickly by using the 80 20 rule developed by an Italian economist in the 18th century.
The methods shown to you in this section can be applied to any language you have chosen to learn.
Method #1 Word Frequency Lists
This method shows you how to increase your vocabulary in order to understand 50-75 percent of the language in just a few weeks. The reason why this works, is that every language has some words that are more frequently used than others.
For example: In English the words house, tree, the, man, etc. are used in everyday conversation much more frequently than words such as punitive, instinctively, or polarized etc.
Therefore, learning the most commonly used 250, 500 or 1000 words in a language rather than learning words alphabetically or in any other order etc., will increase your overall understanding much quicker.
If you can not find sufficient information from the website provided above, you can get started with some language frequency lists by doing a search below and typing in: ((the language you are learning) frequency list).
Method #2 Everyday Common Words
Once you have a basic to intermediate level of the language, you can start to use this method. This method is another perfect example making use of the 80 20 rule on how to increase your vocabulary. However, this time the main objective here is to get you to know all the other vocabulary used in day to day conversations. Vocabulary used in the newspapers, novels etc., are not covered.
All you need is a TV channel that broadcasts in the language you are learning and Mnemosyne or another flashcard system.
Mnemosyne is a free flash-card tool that optimized your learning experience and enables you to quickly store information into your long term memory. You can download the Mnemosyne software for free here.
DeliCast enables you to stream tv channels from basically all around the world for free. Visit DeliCast here.
To start improving your vocabulary, simply open a non news TV channel on DeliCast in the language you are learning and input those words you don’t know yet into Mnemosyne. Done!
Method #3 About Grammar
When learning the grammar no matter what language, just focus on the basic grammar structures. Do not spend countless hours only learning grammar. You will notice that most of the grammar will be learned naturally over a period of time. Simply search for basic grammar of the language you are learning on the internet. It’s as simple as that.