- Series: Routledge Frequency Dictionaries
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 7, 2006)
- Language: English, Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0415334292
- ISBN-13: 978-0415334297
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge Frequency Dictionaries) (English and Spanish Edition) 1st Edition
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Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Linguistics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Has published numerous articles on historical syntax and syntactic and lexical variations in Spanish and Portuguese, linguistic databases, and corpus linguistics. Creator of the Corpus del Espanol (www.corpusdelespanol.org), a 100-million word corpus of Spanish
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If you have a basic vocabulary of 1200 to 1500 words, you can use a word-frequency list to advantage, simply by starting at the beginning and scanning through it until you have accrued a small group of words that you don't know, which you can then put on a list or on flashcards. When you have learned these, move on to the next group, etc. There is real point in doing this because you know you are moving from more common to less common vocabulary in terms of actual use. (Of course, you will want to look in a good dictionary when you have chosen words because you will want to have a clear sense of their meanings.)
I think that this is much more sensible than trying to build vocabulary from word-lists that are arranged thematically. Suppose you spend a lot of energy learning the words for all of the parts of the human body: what will you say to make use of them all, and how will you keep them in your memory? And then do you go on to all of the parts of the airplane from cockpit to ailerons? That doesn't sound very useful.
This book has current vocabulary, is well-organized, has actual (not invented) sample sentences, and includes interesting and useful "call-out boxes." At this moment, it is the best word-frequency list abailable for Spanish.
Another priority is to edit it, since it contains many errors and some questionable translations. I, at any rate, noted that the word "tejer" is translated "to sew or weave". I have learned "tejer" as meaning "to knit" (weaving may well be another meaning) and "coser" as meaning "to sew". I use those words with native speakers. Many of the typos I see are clearly the result of uncorrected computer scanning.
I would not recommend the resource to those who don't want to master the Spanish language. Tourists may find the terms less practical than expected- a well designed tourist course will have more practical vocabulary lists. I noticed the term for "bathroom" wasn't even featured.
I strongly believe that anyone composing a vocabulary list for a course in Spanish should consult this list before including a term, especially for first year Spanish. If a word is going to be taught to students, it needs to have some reasonable frequency. Coming up with categories and then shoehorning ones vocuabluary choices into that set of categories is what leads to giving students obscure and inappropriate terms to learn. It would be better to make sure that each and every word will be useful in the real world, and this resource can be part of that judgement (though other factors do come into consideration besides just frequency).
If suitably improved, this can be one of the most valuable tools that the serious student or teacher of Spanish could own. Even as is, it is well worth a rental or a purchase.