New to Italian but want to get a great start at learning? Start with the 100 Most frequently used Italian words.
I have been teaching Italian for almost 20 years, so people ask me what the best way to start is. Here is a great language learning hack – memorize the most frequently used vocabulary. you can start by learning the 100 most common Italian words. This will help you to build a base and form sentences in Italian. Most language experts note that if you dedicate your time on the most common words in any language it is an effective use of your energy. Think about it, on any given day you probably use less than 700 words in your every day interactions. So why not focus on getting familiar with only the words you know you’ll use?
1,000 Most Common Italian words = 80%+ of comprehension –
A study done on the language learning revealed that we find that the top 1000 lexemes in English account for about 80% of all tokens in a given text or in plain English:
- Studying the first 1000 most frequently used words in the language will familiarize you with 76.0% of all vocabulary in non-fiction literature, 79.6% of all vocabulary in fiction literature, and 87.8% of vocabulary in oral speech.
- Studying the 2000 most frequently used words will familiarize you with 84% of vocabulary in non-fiction, 86.1% of vocabulary in fictional literature, and 92.7% of vocabulary in oral speech.
- And studying the 3000 most frequently used words will familiarize you with 88.2% of vocabulary in non-fiction, 89.6% of vocabulary in fiction, and 94.0% of vocabulary in oral speech.
If you want to really go for it you can memorize 3,000 of the most common words for 94% comprehension. However, most of our students are busy people that want the best reurn on their valuable time investment.
Based on this study, we can conclude that the sweet spot is to learn the 1,000 most common words. Why? to understand only 6.2% more vocabulary in oral speech you would have to learn 3x more vocab. Doesn’t seem very exciting considering how valuable your time is. In fact, we’ve seen that most Italian learners can get to a comfortable conversation speaking level with less than 1,000 Italian words.
To help you start we have compiled the 100 most frequently used Italian words below.
|borrow||* prendere in prestito|
|fit||* far stare|
|hurt||* fare del male|
|need||* aver bisogno|
|spell||* fare lo spelling|
|succeed||* avere successo|
|type||* scrivere al computer|
To learn these words you can use resources like Quizlet Anki or Memrise.
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