Pareto and handpicked words

#3 Language learning tips and tools

Do you ever feel like you have put a lot of time and effort into a project and you are not getting anywhere with it? Your project might be learning a new language or anything else. How much knowledge will you need to accumulate in order to be efficient? How much time will it take?

First a word of warning! Do not aim for perfection. Keep trying and you will get better.

Second thing to know: You can make yourself understood without grammar, but not without words, so you should focus on learning words before grammar. Watch the video below for inspiration.

Have you heard of the Pareto principle? Does the 20/80 ratio ring a bell? It translates as 20% effort for 80% result. In terms of language learning, it means that knowing 20% of commonly used words will cover 80% of your communication needs.

Check out the most frequently used words in the language you are learning. That's where your language learning journey begins. The ability to understand and use 2000 words brings you to level B1.

If you want to take it a little further, think about the things you are interested in. What are you likely to want to talk about? Is it cooking, outdoor activities, cinema, books, children, education, politics, economy... Whatever your answer is to that question is where you need to start building your vocabulary knowledge, because it is relevant and useful for you, so it should keep you motivated. And motivation is key.

Happy learning! And get in touch if you need help.

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