The 1000 words challenge with busuu


How many words do you know in the language you’re learning?

Clearly, the more words you know, the better able you are to communicate and interact with others.

The Speak to the Future organisation have set up a challenge encouraging us all to meet the 1000 word mark in at least one foreign language.

The idea is that if all of us, whatever our age, ability or nationality, knew at least 1000 words in another language, then the world would be a better place. Business deals would run more smoothly, foreign travel would be more rewarding and new friendships would blossom more quickly.

So, how to go about learning these words?

Luckily, busuu is here to help. We have 1000s of words, arranged into units, each with a focus on a useful, everyday topic.

You can learn one of the 12 languages available with busuu and you can set yourself goals to help motivate you to continue with your learning.

There are around 25 words per busuu vocabulary unit, with some already organised into useful everyday phrases.

Most of these words and phrases also have an example sentence showing the words used in an everyday context, and all have recordings of the words to help you with listening, speaking and pronunciation. So if you get through the busuu levels A1 and A2, you will be well on your way to meeting the target of 1000 words.

And if you’re a Premium member you have access to interactive grammar units and recording exercises, plus you can print off a PDF of the words from the units you’ve completed, helping you to remember all the words you’re learning.

Reach 1000 words!

Do you know 1000 words in another language? Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below.

72 thoughts on “The 1000 words challenge with busuu

  1. Jeanette

    I agree with David that it is very difficult to put learned vocabulary to use.
    I visited though a park in Milan and was soon part of a group of Italian ladies whom daily visits the park. I happened to sit down the bench marking their meeting place. At that time I knew really just five words.
    To my amazement, we could all converse with each other although none of them could speak English.
    It was really a group effort with lots sound alike words, hand signs and lots of laughs. We all enjoyed it thoroughly.
    So my idea is that it should be quite easy to learn to use a new language if you live between people of the language you are learning and to just keep trying to use the language however incorrect and to be prepared to make fool of yourself and to use every opportunity you get, however limited to talk to someone of that language.
    The problem with Italian is that Italy has a lot of regional dialects, so much so that people from the north also cannot understand the people from the south and vice versa. German also have a lot of dialects.

  2. Jeanette

    I also do not see any direction on how to take part in the 100 word competition. Please explain how the competition works. Thanks

  3. Yvonne

    Have been learning Spanish for some time, via books in class but I never have the opportunity to speak to spanish people outside of the class. I realise now the only way for me to improve is to speak spanish wheneven I can, which is not often unfortunately. Learn learn new words every day, increase you knowledge of them.

  4. Anji

    As I have completed A1 and A2 in German on busuu I guess I have a vocabulary of somewhere in the region of a 1,000 words (at least) in my second language now.

  5. Monica Osubu

    I’m Interested to participate, i really want to know how many words i know. what are the rules?

  6. Fabia Alves

    Hi Anji,

    Per level you should learn around 500 main words plus the vocabulary you learn whilst doing the writing exercise, dialogue and review tests. We hope you are enjoying our learning experience with busuu.

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