This is a new, improved version of an older list of 400 words. In my own studies, I’ve found that having an extra couple hundred words in the beginning makes everything a lot easier; you feel more comfortable with spelling and pronunciation, you recognize many more words in your textbook, and you can start delving into grammar while feeling like a bad-ass. Nice.
I’ve culled this list from the General Service List and Wordfrequency.info – two well-made frequency lists for English. These are common words that are relatively easy to picture, so you can learn them without translations right from the start. Most of them will show up in the top 2000 words of your target language, and so you can save a bit of time by adding these words to your Anki deck right at the beginning.
I’ve also begun a project to get this list professionally translated into a bunch of languages. I’m compiling those translations into handy little frequency dictionaries (with pronunciation information, gender, etc.), so they’re easy and quick to use. You’ll find more details at the bottom of this page.
How to use this list: