New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral

EnglishCentral has completed a major upgrade of its vocabulary learning application.  The application now includes the following courses: Core Vocabulary is a set of 2800 words used most frequently in daily life.  It covers ~92% of the English learners would see in newspapers, magazines, books, TV and movies.  It is an updated version of what is […]

How to Learn Vocabulary Naturally

People often talk about language learning in either a foreign or second language terms. We are learning a foreign language when we study a language that we will not use in daily life. We learn a second language when we study a language that we will use regularly. So, an American university student studying Chinese […]

How Can I Improve My Vocabulary Knowledge?

One of the biggest challenges for many language learners is studying new vocabulary. No matter how much a second language learner studies, there always seems to be more strange or unfamiliar words. Vocabulary is an extremely difficult area of language to study because the process of actually “knowing” a word is complex.  On EnglishCentral, we […]

Difficulty Levels On EnglishCentral

  There are seven levels on EnglishCentral that correspond to the CEFR, TOEIC, TOEFL and other leveling systems: EnglishCentral allows students and teachers to filter video lessons or courses by any of these seven levels. In addition, Students can also book a level test with a tutor and receive a complete assessment report with their […]

Cambridge University Vocabulary Corpus and EnglishCentral

Learning vocabulary in a foreign language can at times seem an insurmountable task. Estimates differ as to the actual number of words in English, but a recent one suggested there are at least 600,000 word families. Research shows that most native speakers make do with just 20 to 30,000 of these words, and life itself […]

Study Vocabulary with a cliplist

Are you struggling to build a powerful vocabulary? Need to succeed at TOEIC or TOEFL? Want a powerful tool for teaching vocabulary that shows the variety of actual use and context of the word? Look no further – use the Vocabulary cliplist for a word on EnglishCentral. A cliplist is a series of lines of […]

Learning Vocabulary on EnglishCentral

What makes studying vocabulary on EnglishCentral unique is our video-based corpus.   Each word in every EnglishCentral video is tagged with its in-context meaning, and supported with multiple video clips of the word used in context.   This means we have over 200,000 video examples supporting the more than 30,000 words in the EnglishCentral dictionary. […]

The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary

Dr. Charles Browne, PhD, is an expert on vocabulary learning.  Here’s his presentation on: Comprehending Authentic Video: The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary    

Words – Most frequent in English.

Students and teachers always seem curious about what are “the most important words” in English. We have a fascination with words and their importance, their rank. When learning English, certain words do seem to occur at a higher frequency and therefore might “seem” more important. But you’d be surprised that most are “function words”, words […]