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M. Medialis
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06 October 2007 at 8:02am | IP Logged 
Right now I feel very frustrated about language learning in general, because I want to start studying russian (or japanese), but I constantly fail on the first step.

I have started to believe that I am the kind of person who would benefit from learning vocab from word lists before I start to read texts and articles etc. (I've already tried the latter without any success).

I also have a hard time finding good words and their correct translations. Since my current abilities are very limited I find it hard to extract common words from web sites.

So my humble question is if anyone here has russian or japanese word lists with high frequency words. I really don't want to be a lazy idiot who wants somebody else to do the hard word for me. But if you have a word list, and if you would like to share it, I would be infinitely grateful!

Thanks
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Thomas
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06 October 2007 at 8:44am | IP Logged 
Here's a word list for the JLPT 4 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). It's in alphabetical order. You might want to shuffle the words up when memorizing.

http://www.spurrymoses.com/jlpt/4/jlpt4_vocab-list.html

The JLPT 3 word list is here:
http://www.spurrymoses.com/jlpt/3/jlpt3_vocab-list.html

Level 4 is more basic than Level 3

Edited by Thomas on 06 October 2007 at 8:47am

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Kveldulv
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06 October 2007 at 9:21am | IP Logged 
And here's a word list for Russian http://www.artint.ru/projects/frqlist/frqlist-en.asp
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William Camden
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06 October 2007 at 10:06am | IP Logged 
In 1996, Routledge published a Russian Learners' Dictionary by Nicholas Brown that is essentially a 10,000 word frequency list. I have found this very useful. It was published in London and New York.
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M. Medialis
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08 October 2007 at 9:57am | IP Logged 
Thanks for the links! This is great.

William Camden: That dictionary does indeed look useful. I'll buy it later.
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William Camden
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08 October 2007 at 10:32am | IP Logged 
M. Medialis wrote:
Thanks for the links! This is great.

William Camden: That dictionary does indeed look useful. I'll buy it later.


Russian has been relatively well supplied with frequency lists over the years, perhaps because the language lends itself to analysis like that (I have yet to see a German frequency list, for example). The problem is deciding what a word is. The texts used to sample words can skew things a bit. Even in the case of Brown's excellent work, words he thinks of as relatively low frequency (in the 8,000-10,000 range) sometimes seem to me more common than the position would suggest. But it is definitely worth ordering.
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Redwolf
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13 October 2007 at 12:08pm | IP Logged 
Here is another frequency list: http://www.learnrussianfree.com/
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Yukamina
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16 October 2007 at 1:24pm | IP Logged 
This site has vocabulary for all 4 JLPT levels, as well as common words not found in the JLPT lists. http://www.manythings.org/japanese/jlpt/


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