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One of the most difficult challenges when starting out to learn a foreign language is to reach a basic level in terms of the amount of vocabulary. It is clear that you need to have a word base to be able to form sentences and reach fluency. One of the common mistakes is to try to memorize too much vocabulary at a time, for example 100 a week are too many for the majority of people, especially people who are not seasoned language learners.

We suggest learning vocabulary based on The 5+ Standard:

When a student sets a challenge, it has to be attainable. We suggest that students should try to learn 5 words a day with example sentences. To assimilate them, they must repeat the same words the next day and add 5 more. This process is repeated every day and in this way, students can learn 35 words a week. 155 a month and 1825 words each year. With this amount of vocabulary, people can start to reach the levels of vocabulary they need to get towards an advanced level.

How does it work? 

Learners need to learn 5 words + synonym (the sooner people stop translating, the better). Then the learner should write 3-5 sentences in context. These sentences need to be useful and it is better to vary the use of tenses and the +/-/?

Learners need to review and recall vocabulary daily:

It is essential to review and go over vocabulary each day to internalise it. See our model to learn how to do this.

Monday – 5 new words

Tuesday – review the 5 words from Monday + 5 new words

Wednesday – review the 5 words from Tuesday + 5 new words

Thursday – review the 5 words from Wednesday + 5 new words

Friday – review the 5 words from Thursday + 5 new words

Saturday – review the 5 words from Friday + 5 new words

Sunday – review the 5 words from Saturday + 5 new words

The numbers: How many words will you learn?

Day = 5

Week = 35

Month = 140-155

Year = 1825

It is important to understand that when you begin, 5 words a days will be a sufficient amount, but after some time you might want to increase the amount of words to first 10 then probably 15 words a day. This way you can reach an advanced level within an academic year.

With around 2500-4000 words, a person can speak at a B2 level. The key is knowing how to use these words in context and not just translating them.

A2 – 500-1000 words

B1 – 1000-2000 words

B2 – 2500-4000 words

C1 – up to 7000 words

Now it’s time to practice your vocabulary and start improving.

Happy learning everyone, keep it up and see you next time!

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