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Spanish 2 Essential Vocabulary

En España, hoy es miércoles el 19 de diciembre de 2018.

The links below point to lists of approximately 750 essential vocabulary items that we expect incoming 2nd year students to be fully familiar with and to largely be able to use effectively.

This is not an exhaustive list of the vocabulary we expect a beginning 2nd year student to know. Rather, we assume that each student will know at least these most common words. Actual vocabulary mastery should be MUCH greater than these lists and not limited to these high frequency items. To cite an example, while amarillo is the 287th most common adjective in Spanish and falls outside of the frequency list of adjectives here, we would still expect a student entering 2nd year to absolutely know and use that word regularly.

Now don’t panic if you don’t immediately know every one of these words. We’ll be reviewing vocabulary all year. However, if there is a lot of this vocabulary that is unfamiliar to you, you will want to use these pages to review early in the year.

(For the list of new vocabulary will will be learning this year, see this page.)


Flashcards: (formerly Mental Case)

Flashcards are available for much of the vocabulary as well. You will need to download the iOS Studies app that I use for the flashcards. To download a stack of vocabulary, navigate to this page on your iOS device in Safari and click the link to download. iOS will offer to open the list in the Studies app.

Critical Words

“Small” Words