IWTYAL 147: Are word frequency lists useful?

Dave asks: “How useful are word frequency lists?”

In this episode:

  • A small number of words account for a disproportionate amount of use in spoken language
  • But does it make sense to memorise the most frequent words?
  • What about nuance, or context?
  • Why a holistic approach is best – you’ll learn those words naturally anyway
  • Frequency dictionaries can be useful for filling in gaps

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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