We offer innovative routes to quick language learning success, based on an entirely different approach to language learning.
One area of focus is core vocabulary – a file of which covering major Western European languages and some minority languages is downloadable free here.
Even with this file, we urge caution. Traditional learning methods emphasize like-for-like correspondences between words – for example “to ask” is usually given as “demander” in French and “fragen” in German. But what when it is “prier” in French and “bitten” in German? We move away from vocabulary building of that type, emphasizing instead that words must be learned in context.
Nevertheless, some core words – typically short and in frequent use – are essential to fluent use of any language. The file attached will be particularly useful to people who have any of:
- passive competence in the target language;
- competence in a language close to the target language (e.g. Spanish speakers heading on holiday to Italy); or
- former competence in the target language.
Take a look, and feel free to comment on the left!