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Zagreb methods, - the list of words???

by DaDane, July 10, 2008

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DaDane (User's profile) July 10, 2008, 5:35:27 PM

Does anyone know where I can find the list of mostly used words (the Zagreb Method's frequency list by Zlatko Tiŝljar, - see:

I would like to study those words to get startet in Esperanto.

(Jes, mi estas komencanto de Esperanto kaj jes, mi studas Ana Pana kaj "free esperanto course")

Miland (User's profile) July 10, 2008, 5:50:35 PM

Here's a list that includes the combined vocabularies of Zagreb, Gerda Malaperis and Kontakto, all worth having:

Also, Zlakto's textbook (by Imbert as the first author) is in the UEA catalogue:

alexbeard (User's profile) July 19, 2008, 7:54:58 PM

what is the zagreb method? i think i have heard of it before

andrew.longhofer (User's profile) July 22, 2008, 3:58:41 PM

The Zagreb method is a course available in the Lernu! courses section, but I understand it's a teaching method for Esperanto in its own right outside this website.

From the Introduction:
The Zagreb method is a method of teaching Esperanto in the first phase. Only for beginners. In the late 70's in the Internacia Kultura Servo in Zagreb, we noticed that we had poor results in the instruction of children, mostly as a result of the textbooks, which were adaptations of national language textbooks to learn foreign languages. We decided to create a new learning tool, which would be based on Esperanto itself. First, Zlatko Tiŝljar created a dictionary of the frequency of word usage, based on the spoken language, in which we noticed that only about 500 morphemes (roots plus grammatical endings) cover 95% of the spoken text. Then, the group of four authors received the task of working a textbook based on that dictionary of frequency. The first version was ready in 1979, the second in 1980. After testing and suggestions from many teachers, we continually improved the textbook in three additional Croatian editions. Finally, it had reached its current state. So far, eight Croatian editions have appeared, with more than 50,000 copies and adaptations to 26 languages. Its basic value is that superfluous words and grammar aren't taught in the beginning, but only that which is absolutely necessary in life. For that reason, the material taught in the first two lessons already allows all students to create for themselves sentences that are necessary to speak about the most basic needs, so it stimulates creativity from the very beginning.
If it interests you, that course can be found here.

alexbeard (User's profile) July 22, 2008, 11:55:55 PM

thanks for explaining

DaDane (User's profile) July 23, 2008, 4:08:45 PM

Miland:Here's a list that includes the combined vocabularies of Zagreb, Gerda Malaperis and Kontakto, all worth having:

Also, Zlakto's textbook (by Imbert as the first author) is in the UEA catalogue:
Thanks a lot Miland,
I have seen the list and even writting with the guy.

I have learned, - but still haven't got the frequency list. But I guess I am not really going to need it anyway.

(I am learning Esperanto here on Lernu and are starting up a course in my hometown where a local guy who knows Esperanto very well will teach)

erinja (User's profile) July 23, 2008, 5:12:18 PM

DaDane, did you look at the word frequency list for Juna Amiko? It is available here at lernu, both as a simple list, and in our word learning section. It divides words into (if I remember correctly) seven categories of usefulness. It probably isn't exactly the same as the Zagreb method list, but I think it should be just as (or nearly as) useful to you.

It also indicates transitivity of verbs (verbs marked with -n are transitive)

The list is found at

The word learning section, which includes word learning exercises for the Juna Amiko words, are found here:

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La Zagreba metodo

> lernu! → Bibtioteko → La Zagreba metodo
> bv. vidi ankaŭ Esperanto en 12 tagoj

> Zlatko Tišljar: Zagreba metodo (Ipernity)
> Listo de Zlatko Tišljar (Tezaüro de UEA)

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