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Learn 5000 Spanish Words in 100 Days

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What's Included?

  • 100 days of vocabulary practice.
  • Authentic, hand-picked example sentences.
  • Authentic native audio.

Did you know that just 1000 words makes up 88% of spoken Spanish. 1000 words should be plenty, right?

The most highly optimized Spanish vocabulary tool ever created.

The ES1K vocabulary deck will skyrocket your comprehension of native Spanish. Combined with grammar study and immersion, you can learn to understand real Spanish in just 100 days.

Beyond the word selection described above, there are two major features that set the ES1K deck apart from other vocabulary tools you'll see on the internet.

WRONG.

Knowing 88% of the words does not mean that you'll understand 88% of the sentences. Here's 88% of the first paragraph of Harry Potter.

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were ___________ to say that they were perfectly ___________, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be ___________ in anything ___________ or ___________, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.

Can you understand that? I can't.

If you want to truly understand a language then 1000 words isn't enough. You need to know 99% of the words. For casual conversation, that's about 5,000 words. That may seem like a daunting task, but I've got some good news for you: if you know English, then you have a HUGE head start.

Spanish and English share a lot of words. These are called “cognates” and you don't need to learn them. In fact, of the top 5,000 words used in Spanish, 2700 of them are cognates and another 1000 of them are derived from other common words.

That means you only need to learn 1300 words to reach that 5000-word mark and understand REAL Spanish conversation.

How do we know all this?

Because we painstakingly analyzed and categorized all of these words by hand.

We've trimmed down that 5000-word list to the most important 1000 words so that you can understand REAL, native Spanish conversation in just 100 days.

1. Carefully Crafted Examples

Each card comes with an example sentence that is designed to maximize your comprehension of native media. We don't dumb down the examples and we don't use silly sentences like Duolingo. We've chosen full and sophisticated example sentences that you will actually hear in real life.

Plus, each sentence reuses previously learned words so that you see dozens of examples of each word in context.

2. Authentic Native Audio

One of the hardest parts of learning a second language is training your ear to hear the language. Authentic native audio is key to practicing your listening ability so we've hired a native Spanish speaker to record high-quality audio for every word and sentence.

Unlike other vocabulary tools, we don't slow the audio down to make it easier. If you want to understand native Spanish, then you need to practice listening to native Spanish. No amount of "Slow Spanish" will prepare you for the real world.

Is ES1K right for me?

We're not going to lie to you, learning a language is hard. It takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication. Not everyone is ready to make that investment and that's OK!

But if you're ready to take your learning seriously, then ES1K is the perfect tool to accelerate your progress.

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I did 110 cards (I only found 2 new words), and I must say, the quality of this deck is astounding, I really like how they usethe words that you just learned in the later sentences, I will definitely use the German 1K deck when it comes out and I start my German journey. I plan on finishing the deck by the end of next month (20 new words per day, on top of my current stuff). The quality of the audio is also very impressive overall, it is worth every penny and so much more.
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I just started he ES1K deck last night... (second attempt)... What a difference compared to 5 or 6 months ago... I had given up on it then. But now, it looks clean. THere is audio. The audio is great. (The audio has to be computer generated, right?) There are example sentences. Great work!
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Just finished the ES1K deck and wanted to share my thoughts for those who haven't used it: 1) The quality of the deck is great. The design, native recordings, lack of errors, etc. makes it a pleasure to use. 2) The Anki card format is perfect: target word with audio on the front, and definition + example sentence with audio (and hidden translation) on the back. Not havin ga sentence on the front accurately tests for the words meaning because you can't rely on rote memorization of the sentence it's in. Which even if you only pass cards upon completely understanding each sentence, you simply see them enough times that you can;t help but memorize them. So you can end up memorizing a words meaning but only in the context of a particular sentence. I found this out when I Started doing audio only Anki reviews (another benefit of the ES1k having audio on both front and back of the card). I'd hear the word alone and wouldn't know what it meant, but as soon as I flipped the card and heard the sentence I remembered without having to read the definition.
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Crossed the 500 word mark on ES1K today. Really loving the new deck!
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I'm really enjoying this deck. Love the way the words build off of eachother for continued reinforcement thru the example sentences I'm 200 words in and it's not uncommon to learn a new word and hear it the same day in a TV show or spanish lesson. Very encouraging
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That's the flipside... I've never found a high-quality spanish deck. Many of them have terrible sentences. And certainly nobody took the time to have a native speaker record all 1000 words and sentences. for only $19... I earn $25/hr+ at work... to make a deck like this would have cost me hundreds.
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Just had a little play with it now. It looks great and really promising. Lot of effort involved. Great job hopefully more meaningful feedback incoming once I spend more time with it
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I've honestly been nothing but impressed by both the deck and LT -- LT is an incredible project especially considering it's free. I've begun reading Olly Richards' book of short stories and am loving it so far -- after which I will probably attempt a proper light novel. As for listening, I've been watching Pokémon and Dreaming Spanish, and will continue doing so for now.
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Wow about 40 days in Spanish learing (30 days with esk1 deck) and I am reading this a1 Spanish book, and for the first time I can fully understand the story, what an incredible feeling this is. I never thought I would be able to understand kids stories in another language. I think the seeds that this deck plants are finally sprouting, watching comprehensible input videos, like dreaming Spanish is becoming easier by day! Can't wait to see where I am at when I reach the end of the deck!
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I did 110 cards (I only found 2 new words), and I must say, the quality of this deck is astounding, I really like how they usethe words that you just learned in the later sentences, I will definitely use the German 1K deck when it comes out and I start my German journey. I plan on finishing the deck by the end of next month (20 new words per day, on top of my current stuff). The quality of the audio is also very impressive overall, it is worth every penny and so much more.
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I just started he ES1K deck last night... (second attempt)... What a difference compared to 5 or 6 months ago... I had given up on it then. But now, it looks clean. THere is audio. The audio is great. (The audio has to be computer generated, right?) There are example sentences. Great work!
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Just finished the ES1K deck and wanted to share my thoughts for those who haven't used it: 1) The quality of the deck is great. The design, native recordings, lack of errors, etc. makes it a pleasure to use. 2) The Anki card format is perfect: target word with audio on the front, and definition + example sentence with audio (and hidden translation) on the back. Not havin ga sentence on the front accurately tests for the words meaning because you can't rely on rote memorization of the sentence it's in. Which even if you only pass cards upon completely understanding each sentence, you simply see them enough times that you can;t help but memorize them. So you can end up memorizing a words meaning but only in the context of a particular sentence. I found this out when I Started doing audio only Anki reviews (another benefit of the ES1k having audio on both front and back of the card). I'd hear the word alone and wouldn't know what it meant, but as soon as I flipped the card and heard the sentence I remembered without having to read the definition.
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Crossed the 500 word mark on ES1K today. Really loving the new deck!
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I'm really enjoying this deck. Love the way the words build off of eachother for continued reinforcement thru the example sentences I'm 200 words in and it's not uncommon to learn a new word and hear it the same day in a TV show or spanish lesson. Very encouraging
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That's the flipside... I've never found a high-quality spanish deck. Many of them have terrible sentences. And certainly nobody took the time to have a native speaker record all 1000 words and sentences. for only $19... I earn $25/hr+ at work... to make a deck like this would have cost me hundreds.
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Just had a little play with it now. It looks great and really promising. Lot of effort involved. Great job hopefully more meaningful feedback incoming once I spend more time with it
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I've honestly been nothing but impressed by both the deck and LT -- LT is an incredible project especially considering it's free. I've begun reading Olly Richards' book of short stories and am loving it so far -- after which I will probably attempt a proper light novel. As for listening, I've been watching Pokémon and Dreaming Spanish, and will continue doing so for now.
Flag
Wow about 40 days in Spanish learing (30 days with esk1 deck) and I am reading this a1 Spanish book, and for the first time I can fully understand the story, what an incredible feeling this is. I never thought I would be able to understand kids stories in another language. I think the seeds that this deck plants are finally sprouting, watching comprehensible input videos, like dreaming Spanish is becoming easier by day! Can't wait to see where I am at when I reach the end of the deck!
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I did 110 cards (I only found 2 new words), and I must say, the quality of this deck is astounding, I really like how they usethe words that you just learned in the later sentences, I will definitely use the German 1K deck when it comes out and I start my German journey. I plan on finishing the deck by the end of next month (20 new words per day, on top of my current stuff). The quality of the audio is also very impressive overall, it is worth every penny and so much more.
Flag
I just started he ES1K deck last night... (second attempt)... What a difference compared to 5 or 6 months ago... I had given up on it then. But now, it looks clean. THere is audio. The audio is great. (The audio has to be computer generated, right?) There are example sentences. Great work!
Flag
Just finished the ES1K deck and wanted to share my thoughts for those who haven't used it: 1) The quality of the deck is great. The design, native recordings, lack of errors, etc. makes it a pleasure to use. 2) The Anki card format is perfect: target word with audio on the front, and definition + example sentence with audio (and hidden translation) on the back. Not havin ga sentence on the front accurately tests for the words meaning because you can't rely on rote memorization of the sentence it's in. Which even if you only pass cards upon completely understanding each sentence, you simply see them enough times that you can;t help but memorize them. So you can end up memorizing a words meaning but only in the context of a particular sentence. I found this out when I Started doing audio only Anki reviews (another benefit of the ES1k having audio on both front and back of the card). I'd hear the word alone and wouldn't know what it meant, but as soon as I flipped the card and heard the sentence I remembered without having to read the definition.
Flag
Crossed the 500 word mark on ES1K today. Really loving the new deck!
Flag
I'm really enjoying this deck. Love the way the words build off of eachother for continued reinforcement thru the example sentences I'm 200 words in and it's not uncommon to learn a new word and hear it the same day in a TV show or spanish lesson. Very encouraging
Flag
That's the flipside... I've never found a high-quality spanish deck. Many of them have terrible sentences. And certainly nobody took the time to have a native speaker record all 1000 words and sentences. for only $19... I earn $25/hr+ at work... to make a deck like this would have cost me hundreds.
Flag
Just had a little play with it now. It looks great and really promising. Lot of effort involved. Great job hopefully more meaningful feedback incoming once I spend more time with it
Flag
I've honestly been nothing but impressed by both the deck and LT -- LT is an incredible project especially considering it's free. I've begun reading Olly Richards' book of short stories and am loving it so far -- after which I will probably attempt a proper light novel. As for listening, I've been watching Pokémon and Dreaming Spanish, and will continue doing so for now.
Flag
Wow about 40 days in Spanish learing (30 days with esk1 deck) and I am reading this a1 Spanish book, and for the first time I can fully understand the story, what an incredible feeling this is. I never thought I would be able to understand kids stories in another language. I think the seeds that this deck plants are finally sprouting, watching comprehensible input videos, like dreaming Spanish is becoming easier by day! Can't wait to see where I am at when I reach the end of the deck!

Still Not Sure?

Couldn't I build my own vocabulary deck?

Sure. You could spend dozens of hours building your own deck and then hire a native speaker to record the audio for you. But why would you? We've already done all the hard work to save you that time.

Why shouldn't I just use Duolingo?

Duolingo is great if you just want to dabble in a language, but it's slow and the example sentences are… weird. (Looking at you "Whose robot ate my cake?").

You'll only learn a few words per day and you won't hear how those words are actually used in real life.

If you just want to dabble in Spanish and aren't ready to commit, then no worries. We'll be here whenever you're ready.

Aren't there free decks available?

Yep! There are thousands of free decks to use. Here's one with 4000 cards, 7000, 24,000! At 10 cards per day, you'll be working on that last one for 6.5 years.

Doing flashcards is the least fun part of language learning. Our goal is to give you a shortcut to understanding native media so that you don't have to waste your time flipping through thousands of poorly made flashcards with computer-generated audio that doesn't sound anything like a native.

Will this make me fluent?

NO! Vocabulary is just one piece of the language learning puzzle. You also need to study grammar and listen to Spanish media so that you can learn to recognize and understand the words.

Check out our quickstart guide for grammar and media recommendations.