How do you remember over 1000 words

How many words should I know?


by Christine Tettenhammer

In the previous article, we emphasized the importance of learning the foreign language vocabulary and repeating it over and over again in language learning. In this context, the question arises at which point in learning one should be able to master how many words. In order to be able to answer this question in a meaningful way, one must first between activeand passive vocabularydistinguish.
The active (or also: productive) vocabulary is the smaller of the two. It encompasses those words that, as a learner of a foreign language, can be actively used when speaking in order to form sentences from them. As a native German speaker you have an average of 12,000 words in your active vocabulary memory.
But be careful!
This is just the average. Depending on the person, the individual value fluctuates between 2,000 words and 20,000 words that are stored in the active vocabulary and can be used.
The passive (or also: receptive) vocabulary, on the other hand, is much larger:
The receptive vocabulary includes all words that a learner can understand when reading or hearing them. The receptive vocabulary of a German can contain up to 100,000 words.
If you are learning a foreign language, you should learn 1,300 to 2,000 words as a beginner (at the basic level). In linguistic research, one assumes that with a key vocabularyof 2,000 important words can make up most of the conversations in everyday life.
As a learner in the Intermediate levelyou should increase your vocabulary and master between 3,000 and 4,000 words.
Finally, advanced learners who use their knowledge to Upper schooluse up to 6,000 words of the foreign language in your active vocabulary.
Especially at the beginning of learning, it is easy to quickly achieve motivating success when learning vocabulary: You should pay close attention, especially at the beginning, that you mainly learn vocabulary and idioms that you can use frequently. You should sort out very subjectively and decide again and again as you learn: Do I really need to know this word? Or maybe I can't use it very often because it plays no or only a subordinate role for my needs? - If you ask yourself these two questions regularly, you will only learn words and phrases that you like reallyneed.

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