If you think duolingo's 1722 words aren't enough...
... they can actually explain the whole world ;)
The book explains a lot of science stuff, using only the 1000 most common words. Originally in English, it will be available in German, too. So if you need to practice your basic German, why not while learning a few cool facts?
I originally just came here to learn German, but I realized how amazing it would be to learn so many other languages :)
Ha ha that's brilliant will hopefully know a lot of the words before its estimated arrival date of December.
Luckily in Germanic languages, German in particular, there is a great degree of noun compounds, which makes understanding and expressing different ideas easier.
Do you know that 1000 words in most languages make nearly 85% of what is frequently spoken. So use what you've learnt and you will discover an amazing WORLD never entered before. You're in the right direction Toll
How many of those 1,000 most useful words are in the German for English Duo course?
I can't say for sure because I don't know the word list used in the book, but I'd guess most of them. There simply are words that are used very often in any language, and I suppose duo made a point of including most of them in their course. Many of then will be small words like "und", "ein", "in" etc.
I keep hearing from a variety of sources that 1,000-3,000 words make up most of any given conversation. So I find it difficult to understand why I still can't seem to communicate or understand german when my word exposure in lessons from Duo and other sources has exceeded 3,000 over the last 2.5 years. It gets a little frustrating but I keep plugging away my lessons. It's my hope that they will continue to get more familiar and then my ability to hear, speak and understand will continue to improve.
"why I still can't seem to communicate or understand german "
Could it be because you are translating when you want to speak or are listening? That can be quite a hurdle to get over.
Definitely! I am still not comfortable with the language and have to say everything in my head first and then translate it to english to make sure it makes sense. I suppose I just need to continue to get exposure.
My aunt decided to learn german so she went and lived in Hamburg for 4 months with a 'no english' rule. Just the fact that she forced herself to come to terms with the language meant she became pretty much fluent in the time she was there. Basically she said don't be afraid to try conversation in a new language, everyone that learns one will stumble through speech the first few times. If it helps, find someone to converse with over skype and use a no English rule with them - if you stumble through it with them privately, you are less likely to question yourself. Also, trust your instinct! You will more than likely be right!
Odd, I finished my tree at it says 1710. Are the extras perhaps in the optional lessons, I wonder?
I think that one can do great things with 1000 words. But it is also important how words are counted: for example Duolingo considers a different word every declination of a word or verb conjugation. So it is not possible to compare vocabulary just by looking at Duo's word count, but maybe at the number of nouns/adjectives,adverbs,verbs etc.. that one knows. Duo's word count is correlated more to the effort required to study and memorize. I think that 3/4 German words are equivalent to 1 English word. Anyhow 3000 words can be studied with a moderate effort so this is still comforting.