Thursday, February 22, 2018

Welcome

My books from 2015 are available for the following languages:
  1. Dutch
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Italian
  5. Portuguese
  6. Russian
  7. Spanish
  8. Swedish
  9. Esperanto
  10. Finnish
  11. Polish
  12. Turkish
  13. Ukrainian
Each one has the 200 most frequently used words for the respective language, and up to 30 simple example sentences for each word. They have all been revised and should be 100% accurate.

Download them free here.

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Check this blog from time to time for updates on my books. Depending on how useful they are to people, I might expand them.

Also, I will post frequency lists with translation in this blog, for many languages.

Good studies, and remember... Learning languages is a wonderful exercise for your brain.

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Index of blog posts:

Frequency lists:
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used Russian Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used Japanese Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used Korean Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used French Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used Spanish Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used Mandarin Chinese Nouns
> The 2000 Most Frequently Used German Nouns

> The 2980 Most Frequently Used German Nouns (With Plural)

The 1000 most frequently used spanish words
The 100 most frequently used spanish words + 1000~ example senteces

List of sentences, with audio on Anki, sorted by the average frequency of the words on them:
5000 Spanish Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 German Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 French Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 Dutch Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 Polish Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 Turkish Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 Russian Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest
5000 Italian Sentences Sorted from Easiest to Hardest

5000? Why so many sentences?

Memorizing the meaning of individual words... is pretty much pointless. If you want actual fluency, you need to see a word in as many example sentences as possible. That makes the language start to flow in your head. That shows you how to use the word. How it is combined with the other words. And many other things. 

We think that effort always converts into fluency. This is not true. If you memorize the meaning of individual words you won't get fluent and you will spend a ton of effort. But studying sentences is the real deal. Is the method of learning that actually converts effort to fluency. 

Get some basic grammar, some basic vocabulary, then just dive into sentences and more sentences until you're fluent.

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It is OK to memorize individual words if:
1) You don't have enough vocabulary to focus your study on sentences, or
2) You are a very advanced learner

Otherwise, it is better to just focus on learning and memorizing sentences — instead of memorizing individual words. 

- Also available on Anki - 

Sentences sorted from easiest to hardest (w/ audio)

Japanese
https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/864166059

Finnish

Danish

Portuguese
https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1084832216

I usually reply to reviews in the Anki website, but I'm unable to do so for the next few months (because of account problems that will take long to fix) — so if you have a question, instead of asking on the Anki website, e-mail me: neribrandao2@gmail.com

Also, if you have technical issues you should ask the developper: https://apps.ankiweb.net/docs/help.html

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Everything should be accurate. 

If you have doubts about the accuracy, consult a dictionary or Google Translate and you will vouch for the accuracy. 

If you do find a mistake though, tell me and I'll fix it immediately.

Also check:
Study Hints 
The Problem With Frequency Dictionaries

External links:
> Tatoeba project
> Wiktionary project
> Collection of sentences from native speakers

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I was getting automated spam everyday so I disabled new comments. But as usual you can still reach me at: neribrandao2@gmail.com

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