This is my neighborhood in Prague.
Notice the two tourists looking at the giant map?
Like a lot of European capitals, we get a lot of tourists.
And in addition, because this isn’t Manhattan…
And the streets are a little…
We end up with a lot of lost tourists.
(Also, I don’t know which genius bureaucrat decided to write the tourists signs in Czech, but they don’t help!)
Back to the map…
See anything that’s missing?
Here’s a closer look.
How about this?
That could be useful, right?
If you want to walk from here to there, you have to know two things: “there” and “here.”
A Map For English?
What would a map for English look like?
For vocabulary, I think this is pretty good:
So where is “there” for you?
Is it 2,800 words — you want to understand regular conversation?
Or is it 4,500 — you want to read “The Financial Times”?
Once you know that, you can ask “Where am I?” “Where is my ‘here’”?
Do you know the “Core Vocabulary” yet? What I call the “Super Words”?
You can quickly find out by downloading my simplified checklist here.