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How accents hinder understanding and how it can be reduced for clarity
Did you know this?
You only need to know the 3000 commonly used words in English, to understand 95% of whatever is written or spoken in English.
What are those 3000 words?
The easiest way to derive this list of words is to look at usages in books, TV shows, news, newspapers etc. That’s lot of work.
But someone has already done this research for you. Here are the results.
Top 2000 words used in contemporary fiction.
This is a word frequency list, based on over 9,379,000 words of contemporary fiction gathered online. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/Contemporary_fiction
Top 2000 words used in contemporary poetry
This is a word frequency list, based on over 511,000 words of contemporary poetry gathered online.
Top words based on Project Gutenberg
Most common words in project Gutenberg:
These lists are the most frequent words, when performing a simple, straight (obvious) frequency count of all the books found on Project Gutenberg. The list of books was downloaded in July of 2005, and “rsynced” monthly thereafter. These are mostly English words, with some other languages finding representation to a lesser extent. Many Project Gutenberg books are scanned once their copyright expires, typically book editions published before 1923, so the language does not necessarily always represent modern usage. For example, “thy” is listed as the 253rd most common word. Also, with 24,000+ books, the text of the boilerplate warning for Project Gutenberg appears on each of them.