What if I told you 400 words is all it takes to survive in a language?
To express yourself in a foreign language is never easy, but by learning the most basic verbs, descriptive adjectives and nouns you can cover most daily interactions and have a head start when trying to learn this language.
At The Foreign Language Collective we have created a list of the 400 most basic words and have asked people in our community to translate them to their native language. Together we have created multiple guides to help you communicate yourself in any language.
The main focus of this guide is communication. Grammatical perfection is something that takes time, but communicating is the very basis of any language. The idea is that these words can serve as your basic skill set from where you can build understandable and descriptive sentences to allow you to communicate yourself.
The guide is built from basic verbs and sentences, as well as nouns and adjectives that can help you describe things or people. That is why we have included lots of words like “big” or “small”, “dark” and “light”, but also words like “more” and “less”. From here you can describe things as “More big”, which may not be grammatically correct but it will in most cases be understood.
You can also combine words like “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow” with your basic verbs, so you can say things like “I go tomorrow”, which in some languages is grammatically correct, in others it is not, but it will always be understood.
Whether you just want to cover the basis or continue learning this language until fluency, these 400 words are a great start for you.
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