What do ‘LOL’, ‘selfie’ and ‘UFO’ have in common? All three were just recently added to the dictionary. Have you ever wondered how do words get added to the dictionary or who decides which words should be added? Keep reading to find out.
Although the process may not seem complex, dictionaries have several criteria when deciding which words to add, reject, monitor or remove. To put it simply, if a new English word is used by a lot of people for a long period of time, it starts to be considered for inclusion in the dictionary. Then, the dictionary editors or lexicographers will assess this word and finally add it to the dictionary if they see fit.
Improving your English vocabulary is crucial to learning English. The more words you’ll know, the closer you’ll be to fluency. But keep in mind that it’s not all about how many words you know. It’s about knowing the right English words. Studies have shown that knowing just 100 words can help you understand up to 50% of any English text. Likewise, knowing 1,000 words will give you a high coverage of 75% of any text. Additionally, each new word you learn will help you guess the meaning of up to 125 words you have never seen before. Amazing, isn’t it? And now, thanks to the Mondly English lessons, you can start learning the most used English words from day 1.
When you know the most common 100 English words
You can understand 50% of the texts written in English
Hello there! It’s nice to be properly greeted, isn’t it? ‘Hello’ is probably the most powerful word in any language because it is the simplest way to sound like a native:
Ah, love! Such a magical and refreshing feeling. No wonder it makes us smile so broadly. How can you not smile when you have butterflies in your stomach? They surely tickle at some point.
The Dalai Lama once said: “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions”. Now listen closely and you might just get some ‘happiness’ in your life today:
How did cats take over the internet? At this point, they seem to be ruling over everything and everyone. Listen to the correct pronunciation of the word ‘cat’. It only takes a meowment.
Here’s one more reason to love dogs: petting a puppy can lower your blood pressure. Considering they are our most loyal companions, it may come in handy to know how to say ‘dog’:
Did you know that smiling relieves stress, elevates your mood and helps you live longer? Here’s how an English speaker pronounces the word ‘smile’:
One language, over one billion speakers and countless ways to speak it. You guessed it: we’re talking about the fascinating English language. Here’s how a native speaker would pronounce its name:
Everyone loves a positive answer. Show your support or agreement with a simple ‘yes’ and everything should work smoothly.
A single ‘thank you’ is all you need to receive dozens of smiles everywhere you go. Here’s a native speaker thanking you in English:
At the end of a meeting, it’s always nice to say ‘goodbye’ so as to maintain the good first impression you managed to make with your flawless English. Let’s see how you can do that:
Ephemeral (noun): Lasting for a very short time.
Petrichor (noun): A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
Ineffable (adj.): Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.
Serendipity (noun): The faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.
Bombinate (verb): Make a sustained deep murmuring, humming, or buzzing sound.
Euphoria (noun): An intense feeling of happiness or elation.
All the words and their meanings are from Merriem-Webster.
The longest word in the English dictionary is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” and has an incredible 45 characters. Don’t bother trying to spell it because it’s almost impossible. The word refers to a lung disease caused by inhaling dust or small particles of sand.
On a more down to Earth note, the longest word that does not repeat any letters is “subdermatoglyphic” and has only 17 characters. This word refers to the skin under your fingertips.
Another interesting word is “bookkeeper” which is unique because it’s the only word in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters.
The good news is that you don’t have to learn such words to be able to be fluent in English. With Mondly, you will only learn the most important English words, the ones you really need to know to speak English.
Starting with the English basics means you will begin by learning the easiest words first and gradually increase difficulty. This way you will feel great while learning and see how your language knowledge broadens.
You'll be able to speak to someone from London or New York about regular topics like weather, politics or family. This will make you confident in your English skills and eager to learn more.
By learning the most common English words first you are learning the smart way. Why learn the most unusual words in English when you might never use them in real life?
Each new English word you learn piles up until your vocabulary builds stronger and stronger. Each lesson gets you one step closer to fluency.
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