What Spanish Words Should I Learn First?

by Chief Spanish Learner on October 4, 2011

I came across an interesting article talking about a study done by Mark Davies at Brigham Young University — which says, among other things that learning the top 2000 most frequently used words in Spanish will allow you to understand 84% of written non-fiction, 86.1% for written fiction, and 92.7% of oral speech.

I decided to purchase the book that contains the complete information,
A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge Frequency Dictionaries) (English and Spanish Edition), and use it in developing future No-Work Spanish products.

The Case of the Missing Poodle was the first story that I wrote with any particular set of vocabulary in mind (travel vocabulary) and I have been thinking that an upcoming story probably needs more food or restaurant vocabulary. But I definitely want to take a look at these top 2000 words. I’d like to be able to set a goal that the first 5 No-Work Spanish stories will allow you to learn all 2000 words. There, I just set that as a goal. I’ve got two more stories to work with to reach that goal. Stay tuned.


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