Lingvist English course frequencies available now!

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Are you curious to know what words Lingvist teaches you? Interested in word frequencies? Look no further! Our users have told us that it would be helpful to know what words they will be learning and how frequent these words are in everyday language.

We have decided to make these statistics on the first 2000 words available to you. Below, you will find a word list for our English course with absolute word frequencies, as well as probabilities, which are a bit more informative, as they are normalized for the size of the corpus (in our case, 9,550,053,512 words – that’s 9.5 billion, in case you were having trouble making sense of this number).

So, what does this mean? If you pick a random word from anything you read or hear in English, there is a 0.13% chance that it will be the word “time.” By comparison, there is a nearly 4% chance that you will encounter the article “the.” It really pays off to learn a language roughly in the order of frequency, right?!

However, as you can see, our courses don’t strictly follow the order of frequency, as it would be pretty boring and meaningless to learn all the function words first (“the,” “it,” “is”), and there would be no words with which to create sentences and meaning. Our courses are therefore ordered based not only on these frequencies, but also including word forms, age of acquisition, and the importance of the example sentences.

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Priority in Lingvist's general courseWordExample SentenceProbability that you will encounter this word in an English textAbsolute frequency of this word
1timetime0.1266%12031190
2namename0.0332%3152330
3dayday0.0591%5619119
4lifelife0.0434%4128125
5worldworld0.0537%5104379
6placeplace0.0339%3226036
7homeWhere are you? – I am at home.0.0454%4316677
8yearyear0.0701%6663565
9manThere is one man and two women in the car.0.0276%2624364
10nightnight0.0227%2155279
11carcar0.0178%1688911
12schoolschool0.0364%3456713
13numbernumber0.0354%3362808
14thingWhat is this thing?0.0251%2388671
15thethe world3.8625%367042929
16endthe end0.0362%3439586
17moneymoney0.0233%2217568
18businessbusiness0.0352%3343274
19partpart0.0420%3993617
20aa year1.6114%153131245

Learn these words now with Lingvist’s superb spaced repetition and personalized algorithms that place you correctly in the course and teach you what you need to know.

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