Vocabulary topics

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I realized recently that with my current knowledge, I can’t engage in a small conversation (Hallo.......*crickets*.... Auf wiedersehen) because I haven’t learned basics to communicate (how are you? what's your name?), just daily stuff. When you are learning your target languages, which are your favorite topics to start to learn vocabulary? Conversation basics? Must-know travel phrases? Career vocabulary? Daily stuff vocabulary? I know that this is truly connected with our reasons and motivations to study a language, but, I’m curious.

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Alphabet, basic vocabulary and coversation basics are my favorite to start out with to build a foundation. 

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After learning the alphabet and pronunciation of all the phonemes, I do Pimsleur, which guarantees that I learn all the vocab they use first. Pimsleur vocab typically consists of samples from all the things you mentioned. 

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I'm learning basic conversation starters. Hello,how are you,welcome,bye. It's important for me because I would at least know how to introduce myself and say hello. After learning that,I can then move on from there.

Kevwe A.

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Conversation phrases for me. It makes me feel that I'm somehow confident to go somewhere else as a tourist if I already familiarized them.

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leosmith wrote:
After learning the alphabet and pronunciation of all the phonemes, I do Pimsleur, which guarantees that I learn all the vocab they use first. Pimsleur vocab typically consists of samples from all the things you mentioned.

Have you got any free Pimsleur resources? The ones I that I Google all seem to be paid stuff.

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
leosmith wrote:
After learning the alphabet and pronunciation of all the phonemes, I do Pimsleur, which guarantees that I learn all the vocab they use first. Pimsleur vocab typically consists of samples from all the things you mentioned.

Have you got any free Pimsleur resources? The ones I that I Google all seem to be paid stuff.

You can do a free trial lesson in any language. Other than that, lots of people get them from their public library. For people who can do it quickly, there is actually a much less expensive version of Pimsleur available - monthly subscription. I'm not sure what the exact deal is these days, but it seems to hover around $20/month, and you can finish 1 level (30 lessons) per month if you're ambitious. It used to be $300/level for the full price CD version.

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I agree the pimsleur method is pretty good for getting a chunk of useful stuff down 

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I started with conversation phrases, then building my vocabs and knowing individual words especially articles, verbs and conjunctions. Then I went for grammar. Later on I realize I need to go back first to spanish alphabet in order to aid me in pronunciation. I've touched on all that but I can't say that I know them very well. Haha! Still working out on them and hopefully I'll have more time learning the language. 

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leosmith wrote:
Phillip.Laplana wrote:
leosmith wrote:
After learning the alphabet and pronunciation of all the phonemes, I do Pimsleur, which guarantees that I learn all the vocab they use first. Pimsleur vocab typically consists of samples from all the things you mentioned.

Have you got any free Pimsleur resources? The ones I that I Google all seem to be paid stuff.

You can do a free trial lesson in any language. Other than that, lots of people get them from their public library. For people who can do it quickly, there is actually a much less expensive version of Pimsleur available - monthly subscription. I'm not sure what the exact deal is these days, but it seems to hover around $20/month, and you can finish 1 level (30 lessons) per month if you're ambitious. It used to be $300/level for the full price CD version.
Thanks. I'd really like to try it, but we don't have any public libraries that are up to snuff. T_T Will try the free trial and see how that works out. Maybe I'll ask the missus to find me some. She's a whiz at finding good stuff online.

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Most language sites have vocabulary X phrases that are used for the pimsleur method. I think you should write what are important phrases for you to learn down and try to find them elsewhere

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
Maybe I'll ask the missus to find me some. She's a whiz at finding good stuff online.

I've bought some off of ebay in the past. Might be worth a look.

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You're right. There are tons of French Pimsleur for under $50 (though the international shipping costs for some of them would kill me). Making a note of that and I shall keep looking.

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
You're right. There are tons of French Pimsleur for under $50 (though the international shipping costs for some of them would kill me). Making a note of that and I shall keep looking.

Be sure to note the number of lessons. A complete level is 30 lessons.

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 I guess most of the language books for beginners cover the conversational topics first. How are you? Where are you from? What do you like? Situations like how to buy bread or order a beer. 

To me, it makes sense. One should start with basic phrases for interaction with the natives. 



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