“What’s the name of the animal with a really long nose…? He lives in Africa…?”
“An elephant?” Petra asked.
“That’s right! And what’s the name of the animal with a long, long neck…?”
“And what’s the vegetable that’s green and usually kids hate it…?”
“Correct again! You have an amazing vocabulary…”
“Yes, if you’re going to the zoo or the grocery store.”
“Those are the words you learned in school, right?”
Next, I showed Petra MY list of words:
“Can you use any of these words in a sentence?” I asked.
“Ummm, no,” said Petra.
“Ah, ha!” I said. “I see your first problem…”
Native Speaker Power Words
A few years ago, two smart Americans and one Brit made an amazing discovery.
If you want to speak with a native speaker, you don’t need a lot of words.
In fact, you just need a small list (exactly 1.6% of the dictionary)
According to research, you will hear only a very small number of words in every conversation.
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“So I should learn these words?” Petra asked.
“Exactly!” I said.
“But how? I have a bad memory.”
“Do you really? Or is it just your methods that are bad?”