If you're a language learner at an intermediate or advanced level, you have a few options when it comes to choosing the vocabulary and grammar you want to learn in your in their target languages:

  1. Use a frequency dictionary. Grab the top 1000 and then skim through the next 1000-2000 and see which ones cover topics you find interesting or applicable to the situations in which you’re going to be using your language.
  2. Grab a thematic word-list or book like the “Mastering [LANGUAGE] Vocabulary” books by Barron. Those will be high value words, arranged by theme.
  3. Start writing or talking with a tutor about topics you care about. Every time you run into a word you need, write it down and learn it.


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