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Week 1: High Frequency Words

Weekend Italian: Bite-size language chunks of Italian survival phrases and high-frequency words to kick-start your language learning. Grab a cup of coffee and spend a little time this weekend learning Italian!

High frequency week 1 (2)

“Not all words are created equal: we use certain words far more often than others…We get a lot of mileage out of our most frequent words…With only a thousand words [of your target language] you’ll recognize nearly 75 percent of what you read. With two thousand, you’ll hit 80 percent.”

–Gabriel Wyner, Fluent Forever

After four years of studying Italian, I was pretty confident in my mastery of high frequency words…until I quizzed myself. In reviewing a list in English of 625 most commonly used words, I could readily translate just 307 into Italian. Less than half. 

Now going into my fifth year of study I’m determined to master these words, with this post series serving as a vehicle. I invite you to come along for the ride, and remember, these high frequency words can be applied to any language which you are working to acquire, not just Italian.

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Word bank: actor, adjective, adult, afternoon, air, airport, alive, animal, apartment, apple. Attore/attrice, aggettivo, adulto, pomeriggio, aria, aeroporto, vivo, animale, appartamento, mela.

Level: Give it a Try

  • I love to spend un pomeriggio at the beach, where the aria is fresh and I feel vivo.
  • A word to describe something is an aggettivo.
  • When you are an adulta (or an adulto), you may choose to live in an appartamento with an animale for a pet.
  • He wants to be an attore when he grows up. (An attrice for her).
  • An aeroporto is a very crowded place!
  • A red mela is crispy and delicious.

Level: Challenge

  • Mi piace passare un pomeriggo in spiaggia, dove l’aira e` fresca e mi sento vivo.
  • Una parola per descrivere qualcosa e` un aggettivo.
  • Quando sei un’adulta (o un adulto), forse abiterai in un appartamento con un animale domestico.
  • Quando sara` grande, lui vuole diventare un attore. (Un’attrice per lei).
  • Un aeroporto e` un posto molto affolato!
  • Una mela rossa e` croccante e deliziosa.

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Grazie a tutti, e buon divertimente! Thank you, all, and have fun!

Pronunciation resources: ForvoGoogle Translate  Content resources: Fluent ForeverWordReference

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10 thoughts on “Week 1: High Frequency Words

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  5. this is a good idea – we at school have noted that sometimes the high frequency words do not appear in study books, grammar etc. – therefore in some lessons we go with the students for a walk outside, to search for common words that we “forgot” to teach… for example, the “vetrine” (shopwindows), or the “strisce” (zebra crossing) , are very common words that are not found in the school manuals. Nice post!
    P.S,: “dove l’aria è fresca” (no h)

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