WHAT IS THE ENGLISH VOCABULARY BUNDLE?
The English vocabulary bundle is a set of the essential Anki flashcards to learn English vocabulary.
Based on scientific research from linguists Michael Lewis, James Milton, Stephen Krashen and Paul Nation, the English vocabulary bundle will help you reach 90% English comprehension and A2 CEFR (vocabulary) level.
Receive a discount by buying all 3 flashcard decks now. You’ll learn the English 625 Words, English Top 2000 Words and Common English Phrases (only available in the bundle).
WHAT ENGLISH WORDS SHOULD I LEARN & WHY?
If you’re a beginner English learner, then you should first learn words that give you the highest yield for your time and effort. This means that you should learn English words according to word frequency. “Word frequency” refers to how frequent or how often a given word is used in a certain language. We believe that this the most efficient way to learn English vocabulary.
In the English language alone, there are already tens of thousands of individual words that you could potentially learn. This is very overwhelming! According to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (2005), there are at least 476,000 English words that you could learn. But when we analyze the frequency of each of those words in speech, books and other media, we realize that not every word has the same value for learning.
Just think about how you use your own native language. You only use a small amount of available words in your daily life. On the other hand, you ignore the majority of words that are in the dictionary. In fact, you may not even use or know thousands of words in the dictionary of your own native language. For example, if you’re an English native speaker, you’ve probably never heard of the words “kakorrhaphiophobia”, “ulotrichous” or “impignorate”, but these are English words found in many English dictionaries.
The principle of “word frequency” applies the same to the English language, too. Therefore, as a English beginner, you’ll want to learn words that appear most frequently in day-to-day use by native English speakers. Paul Nation, a world-renowned vocabulary acquisition linguist researcher from Victoria University of Wellington, emphasizes the need to use word frequency lists as guidelines to study vocabulary in a foreign language. If you learn about 2000 most frequently used words in a foreign language, then you’ll be able to understand 90% of the language as it is spoken in normal life, according to research.
In addition, Linguist James Milton from Swansea University found that if you learn about 2000 words, you are likely to pass the A2-level CEFR language exam. The CEFR refers to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages, and passing the A2 level means that you will pass beginner English, to get you comfortably into the intermediate levels of English.
HOW DO I LEARN THE MOST COMMON ENGLISH VOCABULARY?
If you’re a English beginner, and you want to pass the A2 CEFR level and get 90% comprehension, then you’ll need to learn English vocabulary according to word frequency. This is a good idea, but you probably want a clear plan for how to actually do it.
So, we made is easier for you by breaking down English vocab learning into 3 stages for beginners. First, learn words using picture-based flashcards. Secondly, learn words using sentence-based flashcards. Thirdly, learn the most common English phrases. All 3 stages will help build your English vocabulary step-by-step.
1. Learning Words with Picture-Based Flashcards
The first step is for you to learn the most common English words (verbs, nouns and adjectives) that can be easily visualized with an image. We suggest starting with picture-based words because you’ll find that it’s a fast and even fun way to learn the easiest English words. Learning picture-based words allows you to tap into your visual long term memory, too.
A research study from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) found that long-term memory is capable of storing a massive number of objects with details from the image. Participants were shown pictures of 2,500 objects over the course of 5.5 hours. It was found that participants were able to successfully maintain detailed representations of thousands of images in their memory. If you apply the same idea to learning English vocab, then you can focus first on learning the most frequent words that can be easily learned using an image.
In addition, you no longer rely on English language translations of the words. This is beneficial because you build stronger connections between the new English word and the actual concept of the thing. You skip English translations altogether so that you can think faster in English only. Our English 625 Words Flashcards are all picture-based English words that take advantage of the benefits mentioned above.
2. Learning Words with Sentence-based Flashcards
The next stage of learning English vocabulary is to learn sentence-based words using the context of example sentences and monolingual definitions. In order to be able to speak and understand English, you will need to learn the 2000 most common English words, including abstract words, that cannot be visualized. Therefore learning using images only would no longer be as effective. You need to start creating meaning in your own mind by understanding English direct from sentences.
As you become familiar with English words, you want to start to transition into English-only content. We do this by using the idea of “chunks”. Linguist Michael Lewis emphasized that if you want to learn a language, then you need to understand sentence “chunks” of the language. It’s not enough to learn words on their own.
While the linguist Stephen Krashen put forward the “input hypothesis”. Krashen states that learners progress in their knowledge of the language when they understand language input that is slightly more advanced than their current level. That is why you should focus on acquiring new English words step-by-step in the context of real English sentences and basic English monolingual definitions.
Our English 2000 Words Flashcards are all sentence-based with monolingual definitions that take advantage of the benefits mentioned above. The English sentences only include words that are found in the 625 words deck and the 2000 words deck.
This means that you will learn from English “chunks” and gradually build upon your vocab knowledge with each new flashcard.
3. Learning Common English Phrases
After learning the 2000 most frequent words, you are estimated to reach the English A2 CEFR level, along with 90% comprehension of texts. You will be able to understand English but may still find it difficult to produce English sentences to communicate with English speakers in common, everyday contexts.
Being able to put the words together to form sentences quickly in different situations may not come naturally, particularly if you have not learned English grammar. This is why the next logical step is to learn the most common English phrases. If you learn the most common English phrases, this will allow you to transition to grammar easily and build your confidence when speaking in English.
Linguist Paul Nation found that, similar to his research on the most frequently used words in a language, there are also frequently used phrases in languages. If you learned these common English phrases, then it would be very helpful in real life situations. For example, you could use these phrases when speaking to native English speakers on the phone, via email, or when meeting them for the first time. The phrases are useful when visiting a English-speaking country and you want to speak to a native speaker at the airport, taxi and other transport, hotel, restaurant, shops, tourist spots and more!
Our Common English Phrases Flashcards are based on linguist Paul Nation’s research, along with our own improvements. It includes the top 100 English phrases that you can use in a variety of contexts so you can speak with confidence abroad, get what you want and express yourself clearly. It will also help you avoid awkward and embarrassing situations with native speakers because you’ll know what to say.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ENGLISH VOCABULARY BUNDLE?
The Anki English vocabulary flashcards bundle includes all 3 digital flashcard decks for Anki you’ll need to learn English vocabulary and reach 90% comprehension. The 3 flashcard decks included are:
Harness your visual long term memory to learn 625 picture-based words with images and audio.
Learn the top 2000 English words using example sentences and reach 90% comprehension.
Learn the most common English phrases to form sentences and converse in English.
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