Week 5: High Frequency Words

by Stefania Bufano

Prayers & Piazzas

This series focuses on Fluent Forever’s alphabetical list of the 625 most commonly used words in any language, presented 10 words at a time with their Italian translation.

“Not all words are created equal: we use certain words far more often than others…We get a lot of mileage out of our most frequent words…With only a thousand words [of your target language] you’ll recognize nearly 75 percent of what you read. With two thousand, you’ll hit 80 percent.”

–Gabriel Wyner, Fluent Forever

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Word bank: 

big/largegrande
bill (noun)il conto / una bolletta /una banconota
billionun miliardo
birdun uccello
blacknero
blind (adj.)cieco
bloodil sangue
blueblu
boatla barca
bodyil corpo 

Practice these high-frequency words on Quizlet.

Level: Give it a Try

  • Un miliardo is a very grande number. 
  • There are different types of bills. In a restaurant, one says, “il conto

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