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Most common words in a language.

Hello everyone! I was thinking about this list which contains the 10,000 most common words in english, when I stumpled upon this Wikipedia page. (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists) There are lists of words for many languages, for example Dutch, http://wortschatz.uni-leipzig.de/Papers/top10000nl.txt . Only problem is, they aren't translated. Would be a good achievment to learn 10,000 words in a foreign language. =) Fredrik.

December 23, 2014



In Norwegian a swearing word is on 153. place ...


Is it faen? It is probably the same in swedish, haha.


Assuming the list is ordered from most to least frequent. A word of warning beforehand, I can already tell you the list cannot be not based on a very large sample set of texts: miljoen and Belgische come before words like dit and heb. Judging by the words it could very well come from newspapers, lots of countries, money, brands (Philips, Renault) and political words are mentioned….and since EMU, frank, gulden, Joegoslavië and Jeltsin are mentioned, I'm guessing mostly 90's newspapers. And judging by the cities mentioned (more Belgium ones and for the Dutch cities more from the south of NL), a bias towards Belgium. However at first glance I didn't see any typical Flemish words.

That said, I think it contains a lot of good words. Also first names are not excluded, but it could be good to come across common Dutch names. Maybe not the best cross section of Dutch words, but a lot of useful ones for sure.

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