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How Much English Do You Really Need?

March 30, 2011

This came from today’s Guardian Newspaper in the UK. It is a good example of why you shouldn’t worry about whether or not you have a wide enough vocabularly – a case of using what you have to deal with particular situations!

Some of the language here mightn’t be familiar to you but don’t let that put you off!

Language lessons with Fabio Capello

The England manager says he needs only 100 words to communicate with his players. Which other jobs could be done so succinctly?

England manager Fabio Capello recently defended his limited grasp of English, saying he needed not more than “100 words maximum” to communicate with his players. Here are some other professions where 100 words of English might suffice.

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Can you think of any other jobs that people use the same words over and over again? What words do you find yourself repeating constantly while studying English?

One Comment leave one →
  1. QIAO MI permalink
    April 3, 2011 1:22 am

    I have not thought about this issue After reading this article that makes sense so I compare the past few years and I learned Korean words used in real life It is very little We just need simple words in real life And when communicating with foreigners in order to better communication we will use body language when we talking So the more words we really need Of course, I do not mean just learning to be a part of the word Because we are not learn the dialogue we still must lean the writing and listening The foundation will need to do a lot of words

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