Are you a complete beginner and don’t even know where to start? Don’t worry, the app Sabelovu will take you by the hand and shows you which vocabulary is important at the beginning.
Which vocabulary is important at the beginning
Which vocabulary you use often depends on you and your everyday life. Nevertheless, there is a list (the so-called basic and advanced vocabulary) that shows which words are used most frequently. Depending on the language, this list is around 3000 to 3500 words. That is a lot, right? Maybe. But a language lives from its words, and you have to learn them if you really want to speak the language.
So, it is a good start to begin with this list and to learn the vocabulary step by step, to repeat it and, above all, to use it in everyday life. Sabelovu supports you, because in the app you will find this basic and advanced vocabulary already sorted into appropriate categories. This allows you to find words related to a specific topic with just a few clicks, and then learn and practice them with the help of a language partner (in the app).
However, you must never forget that your personal vocabulary is different from another person’s vocabulary. So, you have a different vocabulary than your language partner, your best friend or even your child who happens to be learning the same language at school. To find the right words for you, the following step-by-step guide will help you:
This is how you find YOUR first vocabulary as a beginner
Keep your individuality in mind.
Every person is different and therefore the everyday life of each individual is different. You have to keep this in mind when learning and especially when choosing your vocabulary. To make it clearer, let’s take Lukas and Sonya as an example:
Lukas is 23 years old, studies biology at university and lives with friends in a flat share. Sonya, on the other hand, is 67 years old, has already retired and likes to cook. Of course, both should learn the appropriate vocabulary at the beginning to introduce themselves, to greet others or to get along in a foreign city. But Lukas needs, among other things, words that are used at the university (e.g., the study group, the lecture or the study), but Sonya does not. It is more important for her to learn words related to cooking (e.g., the recipe, the knife or the oven).
So, you can see that Lukas‘ and Sonya’s vocabulary overlaps in some areas, but not in all. The same applies to you: Think about the environment in which you usually move and the situations you often find yourself in everyday life in order to filter out the words that are important to you.
Create your own vocabulary.
As soon as you know which words you personally use frequently, you create your own vocabulary list. But don’t worry! In the app Sabelovu you will already find numerous categories in which there is certainly something suitable for you. And if one is missing, just write us a message or create your own list.
To do this, think about which words are particularly important in your native language. Then you translate them using a dictionary and learn them little by little.
Use material to find vocabulary as a beginner and intermediate learner.
Especially at the beginning you will read simple texts or try to communicate with a language partner. And that’s great because you’ll encounter vocabulary here that you didn’t know before. So that you don’t forget them again, you should write them down or mark them in colour. Over time, you will see that you keep coming across the same vocabulary in textbooks, in the app, in videos or podcasts, as well as in social media (e.g., on Facebook and Instagram).
Start today and learn new vocabulary.
Of course, the theory is all well and good, but theory alone is useless if you don’t start learning new words. Therefore, don’t think too long about which words are best or most important to you, just go for it.
In the app Sabelovu you will find more than 5000 words from different categories just waiting for you to learn them. You’ll discover terms that you use often and terms that you rarely use, but that is how a language is. But the more you learn, the more vocabulary you will know and be able to use in conversation and writing.
Review your vocabulary as a beginner as well as an advanced learner
As always, the most important thing comes last: It is crucial that you not only learn new words, but also repeat them and use them in everyday life. This is the only way you can give your mind the chance to put the relevant vocabulary into long-term memory and still be able to use it safely in several months.
Of course, this applies to both beginners and advanced learners because learning is a never-ending process. But don’t worry, the app also supports you here. You don’t have it yet? No problem, download it to your smartphone in a few seconds and start learning a foreign language (Android/iOS).
How do you find vocabulary as a beginner or advanced learner?