Sunday, October 3, 2010

Learn English Fast!

Learn English in 20 days!

107 words make up over 50% of the words you read and speak!
1000 words make up 75-80% of the words you read and speak!
5,000 words make up 85-90% of the words you read and speak!

Start with the words you already know that are common in both languages!

Cognate Examples:

English Spanish

accident accidente
accidental accidental
accompany (to) acompañar
acrobatic acrobático(a)
active activo (a)
activities actividades
admire (to) admirar

Complete Cognates for English/Spanish 

Dolch word list
The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list was prepared in 1936. The list was originally published in his book Problems in Reading in 1948. Under the copyright laws in effect during the time of publication, the Dolch word list is out of copyright.

Dolch compiled the list based on children's books of his era. The list contains 220 "service words" that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in English. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, “sight word." Although the list is divided into grades, for native English speakers, all the words in the Dolch should be mastered by the end of 1st grade
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Pre-primer: a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you
Primer: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes
1st Grade: after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when
2nd Grade: always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don't, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your
3rd Grade: about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm
Nouns: apple, baby, back, ball, bear, bed, bell, bird, birthday, boat, box, boy, bread, brother, cake, car, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, coat, corn, cow, day, dog, doll, door, duck, egg, eye, farm, farmer, father, feet, fire, fish, floor, flower, game, garden, girl, good-bye, grass, ground, hand, head, hill, home, horse, house, kitty, leg, letter, man, men, milk, money, morning, mother, name, nest, night, paper, party, picture, pig, rabbit, rain, ring, robin, Santa Claus, school, seed, sheep, shoe, sister, snow, song, squirrel, stick, street, sun, table, thing, time, top, toy, tree, watch, water, way, wind, window, wood

Build your own English language dictionary with phrases, definitions,
and important examples of key vocabulary including cognates.

Use the 1000 most used words in English as the foundation of your
self-made language dictionary. The First 100      Source Wiki

a · about · after · all · and · any · an · are · as · at · been · before · be · but · by ·
can · could · did · down · do · first · for · from · good · great · had · has · have
her · he · him · his ·if · into · in · is · its · it · I · know · like · little · made · man 
may · men · me · more · Mr · much · must · my · not · now · no · of · on · one
only · or · other · our · out · over · said ·see · she · should · some · so · such
than · that · the · their · them · then · there · these · they · this · time · to · two
upon · up · us · very · was · were · we · what · when · which ·who · will · with
would · you · your

Full List 1-1000 1000-2000 2000-3000 3000-4000 4000-5000

Learn the first 1000 English words making flash cards. Then over time learn 
the first 2000 most used English words saying them over and over, writing and
listening. Make flash cards to learn the 200 most used sayings, metaphors, 
expressions, cognates, and phrases. Learn the words and phrase by sight, 
sound and articulation through repetition.

  1. Matt Purland - 2004 - 220 pages - Full view
    Essential English The English Alphabet There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. There are 5 vowels: A, E, I, O and U. The rest of the letters are consonants. Practise reading the letters out loud: Capital letters (upper case ... - Add to My Library
  2. Matt Purland - 2004 - 113 pages - Full view
    Test Your Grammar Skills What's the Infinitive...? The infinitive is the basic form of a verb.. Underline the verb(s) in each sentence below. 2. Write the infinitive form of the verb(s) next to the sentence: For example: I went shopping ... - Add to My Library
  3. Matt Purland - 2005 - 111 pages - Full view
    Common Grammar Mistakes in Written and Oral Work. The verb doesn't agree with the subject: a) There are many person in this class. b) The film finish at four o'clock. Advice: The verb should agree with the subject: a) There are many ... - Add to My Library
  4. Matt Purland - Full view
    How to Use this Course • Each lesson focuses on a specific vocabulary topic, for example "Town". For each lesson the teacher can draw from seven different activities: Sentence Blocks Discussion Questions Role Plays Discussion Words... - Add to My Library

English Comprehension Library 

  1. - Full view
    The only subtopics for which there is no reading comprehension research are those related to learner ... OVERALL QUESTION Does participation in adult basic education increase ABE students'reading comprehension achievement?... - Add to My Library
  2. Marcy Stein - 1994 - 122 pages - Full view
    17) Skilled reading is fluent. Becoming a skilled reader depends on mastering basic processes to the point where they are automatic, so that attention is freed for the analysis of meaning. BTR: (p. 127) Reading comprehension depends on... - More editions - Add to My Library
  3. Bennie Armbruster - 2002 - 58 pages - Full view
    Before reading, they might clarify their purpose for reading and preview the text. During reading, they might monitor their understanding, adjusting their readingspeed to fit the difficulty of the text and "fixing up" any comprehension ... - More editions - Add to My Library
  4. Anthony V. Manzo, Ula Casale Manzo - 1990 - 516 pages - Full view
    The value of cloze in this regard was pursued by John Bormuth (1965), who was able to show that correlations of cloze passage testing with reading comprehension were very high and consistent across age and most grade levels. ... - Add to My Library
  5. Library of Congress. Copyright Office - 1975 - Full view
    Comparative reading: cross -national studies of behavior and processes in reading and writing. See DOWNING, JOHN. ... Spectrum of skills reading comprehension, level 1; answers. 16 p. Appl. author: Macmillan Pub. ... - More editions - Add to My Library
  6. Patricia Donahue, Jay R Campbell - Full view
    Despite the limitations of this study as designed and administered, it is clear that the findings do not provide evidence that introducing text selection on an assessment of reading comprehension results in higher levels of performance.... - Add to My Library
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    Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles - 1922 - Full view
    These reading projects were often connected with the English work by requiring the pupils to reproduce some of the paragraphs in their own words. In the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades these special reading comprehension projects were ... - More editions - Add to My Library
  8. Marilyn Binkley - 1996 - 67 pages - Full view
    Given the widespread concern about the effects of educational, social, and economic disadvantage in American life, we examine the linkage of parental educational and economic attainments to reading comprehension... - Add to My Library

English Reading Comprehension Test 

2008–2009 School Year, English TAKS

GradeReleased TestsAnswer Keys and Other Documents
3ReadingMathReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Dyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
4ReadingMathWritingReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Writing Answer KeyDyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists,
Scoring Guide
5ReadingMathScienceReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Science Answer KeyDyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
6ReadingMathReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Dyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
7ReadingMathWritingReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Writing Answer KeyDyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists,
Scoring Guide
Social Studies
Reading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Science Answer KeySocial Studies Answer Key,
Dyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
9ReadingMathReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Scoring Guide

Spanish Reading Comprehension Test

2008–2009 School Year, Spanish TAKS

GradeReleased TestsAnswer Keys and Other Documents
3ReadingMathReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Dyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
4ReadingMathWritingReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Writing Answer KeyDyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists,Scoring Guide
5ReadingMathScienceReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Science Answer KeyDyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists
6ReadingMathReading Answer KeyMath Answer Key,
Dyslexia Proper-Nouns Lists

Reading comprehension is the desired outcome of all 
reading programs. Years of methodical process and
intention may leave you seeking new processes to 
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Reading Boot Camp is used during the first 20 days of school to learn the
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Reading Boot Camp is a free open source language arts intervention
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Reading Boot Camp Purpose 
Purposes 1) Launch students into the rigorous and intensive
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Reading Program Effectiveness: 20 Days!

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Quick Look

Reading Vocabulary Word Walls
Academic Vocabulary Word Walls
Vocabulary Flash Cards
Open Source Speller 
Open Source Reader
Poetry Reading
Buddy Reading
Music and Lyrics
Chapter Books
Whiteboard E-books and Librivox Audio Books
Fluency Drills
Comprehension Building Games
American Juku
Peer Tutoring
Fireside Book Club
Reading Master By Grade Competition
Reading Journals

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