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The "100 words" rule It is better to learn 100 words to say everything, than to study everything not to be able to say nothing. 
Sep 17, 2016 10:40 PM
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Hi @rose and thank you for appreciation. There already is a famous principle of Organizational Economics -- "Pareto's Law", applied in almost any science; in Linguistics: 

-- "The 20% of the vocabulary makes up the 80% of the spoken language"

So it is very tricky to learn "the first 1000 most common words" of the new language, and start speaking a soon as possible. In fact, most of the vocabulary can be seen as "variations" of a word: 

>> "container" {bottle; flask; box; bag; packet; bucket; can; barrel; ...}

But the problem is:  

>> before studying "their first 1000 words", shouldn't I understand before "my personal first 100" ? 

Because this will make the difference: 

-- am I "expressing myself in another language"; or am I trying to "imitate" something unknown, like a monkey ? 

My conclusion is that a personal synthesis makes it easier to adopt another language: the reason is in fact that grammars and vocabulary change, but the Logic Structure of language is the same for all (eg see "Noam Chomsky's Theory of Innatism").
September 26, 2016

I begin learning the words that are most important, useful in communications then I try to create sentence. The greater the number of known words speech  sounds better, so I agree with you @ Andrea that:

,,It is better to learn 100 words to say everything, than to study everything not to be able to say nothing".

September 26, 2016

This is an interesting point of view and I think I agree to some extend, in a way that I myself when I think of how to become even more fluent I tell myself that I should know more words that can express less. How to be succinct. This is a good example actually - How can I be more succinct? VS How can I express myself better with less words?

And being succinct is the new sexy, or so it seems. The more you convey in a nicely sounding punchline the more sighs you get from the audience.

September 19, 2016
I challenge you: give me a list of 100 English words and I will find something reasonable that cannot be easily expressed using only the words on that list. Even the constructed language, "Basic English" ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English ) used a core vocabulary of 850 words, and expected students to expand it to cover their particular needs.
September 18, 2016

Hi Wâfââ ; it is not just about "memorizing words" -- and less of all about sharing a "magic list". The real challenge is to "start from scratch" instead than from a bulk of ready-made's, which are always something "alien" we learn and use, perhaps, at 10% (a part from greetings and introductions)

The authentic sense of this work is to "abstract" those words you can express all the others with. OK, 100 words will never be enough, but just consider that the purpose is to make one's OWN personal vocabulary, the student will be HIGHLY CONFIDENT with, such way, that he might be even able to express any need if put in the duty.

For example, Volcano can be "Mount of Fire", to Run is "to Go fast", He Went is "He Go Before" ... but when 1 word needs 4, it is better to learn it (which by the way, is hopely the aim of the student!)

This might look "primitive", stupid, but it is so effective than Chinese language itself witnesses this very fact, eg. Train is "Vehicle-Fire".

Even, why learning lists of "atoms" when you can learn "molecules" ?

-- Yesterday I went to the City because you needed food

Hence, you would have learnt much more than single pieces: The whole is not the sum of its parts.

And if you work it on your own, your primeval soup will taste unique. Thanks


September 18, 2016
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