Vocabulary is the number of words you know. The more words you know, the more you can say, the better your speaking will be, and your thoughts will be clearer and more accurate.
It is for that reason many people really focus on vocabulary. Without the right vocabulary, you won’t be able to express yourself.
There was a study done and published in the Reading Teachers Book of Lists that claims “the first 25 words are used in 33% every day speech, the first 100 words appear in 50% of every day speech, and the first 1,000 words are used in 89% of everyday speech.” Scholars and linguist have both suggested that a vocabulary of 3000 words provides enough for you to understand 95% of what is being said. This is very doable if you study the right vocabulary.
If you are studying a certain subject within English, the vocabulary you memorize might vary. For example, a business person will need to study business vocabulary. However, it is important to get an extensive vocabulary of words that are used often. This is referred to as high frequency words. These are words that are used frequently in daily conversation as explained above.
Studying high frequency words has huge benefits because they are used most often. Studying the most common words in order will help you understand and speak English faster.
There are two main approaches to studying vocabulary – 1) memorize them in order of frequency, and 2) Study them by association.
I recommend both methods. I have seen so many students memorize useless vocabulary. Their reason is because the words were in a book they were studying. Many learners feel it is necessary to memorize every word they see in a book. This may seem alright, however, this method is very inefficient.
I want you to learn vocabulary you will use. For this reasons, you should study vocabulary either in order of frequency or vocabulary in a certain subject you are interested in or need to learn.
I have created a list for you of the top 5,000 words used in English. I recommend you can use the list in your studies. It will be a big benefit. CLick the button below to down load an excel spreadsheet with the list of vocabulary.
Thanks and Good Luck,