Do frequency dictionaries cost too much? I'm big on using Amazon to buy things and almost every frequency dictionary I find run about 35-45 bucks, US. I'm aware of the books Barron's puts out that sorts words by topics, which is handy, but at some point I'm gonna want to just make sure I have cards for the top 1000 then 2000 then 3000 etc most frequent ones. Anyone else encounter this and just eat the cost, or have you found another method to find such a list.... like is there a website I don't know about which does this? I love all kinds of resources, but free are my favorite, because of course I'm a cheapskate. :)

* Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.

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  • You are correct that there are free frequency lists for many languages on the internet. wiktionary has several of these. You don't mention what language you are learning. For example, if it's French, just google french frequency list and you'll get several hits, including the link to wiktionary

    * Originally posted by James.
  • Thanks James, nice. I guess it really doesn't matter where they cull the list from, but when I first saw, "From TV and Movies" I rolled my eyes a second, but really that's silly, it's the most common words where else do you find that but in media like TV and Movies.

    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.
  • @LetsPlayThisBro: I'm actually just about to start using the Routledge list for Japanese this week, after finishing the 625 list last Friday. The Wikipedia lists are fine, and they do have a pretty attractive $0 pricetag.

    That said, the Routledge dictionaries have a few things that really do make them worth the extra money once your language has reached a level where you can really use them.

    Here's a page from French:
    French Frequency Dictionary

    Compared to:

    The Routledge list is theoretically more perfect, in terms of which words are ranked where. But that's pretty irrelevant for us; we just want some good words to learn, and the top 1000 in Routledge or Wikipedia are both going to be high value words.

    But...the awesome thing about the Routledge list is that it has really good, translated example sentences that show you exactly what that word means, and how it's used, and you can use those example sentences immediately in Anki to learn the words. It's a *huge* timesaver. Also they're supplying information about parts of speech, gender, a proofread translation. In the Japanese list, at least, they're also grouping together alternate spellings for single words (which would end up with two different entries on a Wikipedia list). All this stuff, at least to me, is worth the extra money, because it ends up saving me at least a few hours of time, if not more.

    * Originally posted by Gabriel Wyner.
  • Those are great points. In the end I think it comes down to what do you value more, money or time? Because you have to invest one and the other in some sort of balance to achieve what the end goal is "fluency" and yes I put it in quotes because it is such a vaguely defined term.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Have a great day.

    * Originally posted by LetsPlayThisBro.

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