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Back in 1953, a British linguist called Dr Michael West proved through his extensive analysis, that around 90-95% of spoken English, and 80-85% of written texts are made up of about 2,000 words.
 The list was later increased by John Bauman and Brent Culligan to 2,284 words in 1995. This relatively small number is quite remarkable when you consider that English is supposed to have one of the largest vocabularies - by some estimates it is in excess of one million words. This collection of words eventually became known as the General Service List. Students of English would certainly acquire an excellent grounding in the English language if they memorised them off-by-heart - but I wonder: how many of them actually do this?

Having become very curious about the GSL, I decided to find out more by hunting around on the internet.  Eventually I came across a link to an Excel file on a discussion forum which contained not only all 2,284 words in English, but translations of them into several European languages too. Without a second's hesitation, I uploaded the whole lot onto separate sets of Quizlet flashcards - if you haven't heard of Quizlet flashcards, they are a great way of learning anything by using spaced repetition. Not only do Quizlet flash cards drill you in learning things, but they can also be configured to dictate their contents to you in several languages! They also have tests and word matching games built into them.

The end results of my efforts can be viewed below.  Just go to the section showing the relevant country's flag for the language you wish to learn, and click on the links that take you to the various flashcard sets. 

At this point in time, definite articles denoting the gender of nouns have not been included - Scandinavian languages and Romanian don't have separate definite articles - and verbs have not yet been conjugated beyond the headwords for person and tense.  Cases have been ignored too, but they are still present in standard German and some archaic Dutch sayings. In time, I hope to adapt these sets of cards to deal with those issues. 

If anyone would like to help me improve these sets, please send me an email at 2284 words.

Now to the fun part...

First of all, get up to speed with the parts of speech
 
 France
FRENCH 
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
120 Phrases
Numbers
ER, RE & IR Reg.
Irregular Verbs
Eight Sentences
Babel lessons
 Italy
ITALIAN 
Numbers
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
102 Phrases
55 Verbs
Past Tense
Future Tense
Six Sentences
Babel lessons
 Spain
SPANISH 
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Spanish Phrases
Spanish Verbs
Future Tense
Numbers
Eight Sentences
Babel lessons
 Portugal
PORTUGUESE 
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Numbers
Six Sentences
 Norway
NORWEGIAN 
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Alphabet
Numbers
Plurals
Verbs
Phrasebook
Overview
Six Sentences
Grammar
Babel lessons
 Sweden
SWEDISH 
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Numbers
Six Sentences
Babel lessons
 Denmark icon
DANISH
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Numbers
Six Sentences
Babel lessons
 Netherlands
DUTCH
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
Dutch Phrases
Numbers
Six Numbers
Babel lessons
 Germany
GERMAN
Part I
Part II
Vice Versa
German Phrases
Numbers
Six Sentences
The Four Cases
A bit about cases
The Cases Song
Babel lessons

 Romania
ROMANIAN 
Part I
Part II
Numbers
Six Sentences
 Iceland
ICELANDIC 
Part I
Part II
Numbers
Six Sentences
WELSH
1000 Words
Mutations
Verb Tenses
       
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