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The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I

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Imagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to present a list of some of the most common words in Spanish.
Spanish Pura Vida

This list has been generated from subtitles of movies and television series with a total of about 27.4 million words.  So, take it seriously 😉

rank word translation
1. que that, which
2. de from, of
3. no no
4. a to
5. la the
6. el the
7. es you are #1, s/he-it #1
8. y and
9. en in, at, on
10. lo it
11. un a
12. por for #1
13. ¿qué? what?
14. me me, myself
15. una a
16. te you, yourself
17. los the
18. se yourself, herself, himself, itself
19. con with
20. para for #2
21. mi my
22. está you are #2, s/he-it is #2
23. si if
24. bien fine, well
25. pero but
26. yo I
27. eso that
28. las the
29. yes
30. su your, her, his, its
31. tu your
32. aquí here
33. del from the, of the
34. al to the
35. como as, like
36. le you, her, him, it
37. más more
38. esto this
39. ya already, now
40. todo all, everything
41. esta this
42. vamos we go, come on
43. muy very
44. hay there is, there are
45. ahora now
46. algo something
47. estoy I am #2
48. tengo I have #1
49. nos us
50. you

¡Next time I will give you more words guys!


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