As I’m learning Polish (and am still a beginner (boo, hiss) ), I am including all the words that I have learnt (or sort of know) over the previous year.
The good news for me is that I know more Polish words than I thought. Maybe as many as a 1000. I’ll find out when I finish this list. Yes, yes, yes, I know language learning is far more than lists of words. I chat in Spanish and Italian (with lots of mistakes!), but not yet in Polish. Soon though.
The good news for other Polish learners is that they are all words added by a beginner, and so suitable for beginners.
Of course everyone has different ideas as to what you should learn and what a list of words suitable for beginners list should contain. The answer is … there is no answer. It depends on what you want to do with your language. But still, I need a word list for the various crossword makers and generators.
This list is personal to me, and what I have learned so far, and as such (and I don’t know why) fruit and veg seem to be over-emphasised. Not every-one wants to learn the word for cucumber (ogórek, pepino and cetriolo in the languages I am learning) but it appears in the crosswords.
Other than this the contents are very generic – dog, cat, table, chair, man, woman, child and so on.
Creating the word list for the Polish crossword generator has made me think again about the Italian crossword. This has two settings: easy and … difficult.
Difficult includes the entire dictionary of around 500,000 words.
The easy setting includes words chosen by me! My level of Italian is now (I suppose) a highish A2, and so the words I have chosen for the easy setting, might well include words that a beginner has not come across yet.
And so …
… I’m considering using the Polish list as the template for all other languages for the easy word game setting.
This should work well, and if I am cunning I can automate the creation of these lists.
If I have time, I’ll also include a ‘medium’ option for the crossword, which will include the current contents of Italian and Polish. Maybe?