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Why is there a "low" and "high" version of each CEFR level?
Why is there a "low" and "high" version of each CEFR level?

This distinction simply helps us spread out the vocabulary/sentence patterns that users learn

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Written by Sheena Chen
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This is simply an artificial distinction we've made to let us better spread out our content.

Glossika offers a massive amount of sentences: at each level, you'll train many skills, encounter new sentence structures, and learn hundreds or thousands of new vocabulary items. To be clear, in addition to encountering more difficult words, you'll also begin to see progressively more complex sentences as you work through Glossika's levels.

Traditionally, there are six CEFR levels, and there is a significant jump in difficulty from level to level. In order to smooth out that learning curve and also to provide users with a bit more variety, we've decided to split each CEFR level in half.

What you'll learn at each level:

Glossika Level

Type of content introduced

A1 Low / Level 1

High-frequency simple vocabulary (right, week, everyone), function words (what, and, of), verbs in present tense (run/runs)

A1 High / Level 2

High-frequency past-tense verbs (were, gave, made), participles (verbs ending in -ing, -ed, -en, etc), and nouns (skill, dream)

A2 Low / Level 3

Gradable adjectives (expensive, cold), mid-high frequency verbs (enjoy, travel, prefer), simple phrasal verbs (go back, come in)

A2 High / Level 4

Mid-high frequency nouns (memories, team, plants), participles (reached, judging), adverbs (willingly, socially)

B1 Low / Level 5

Mid-frequency verbs (delay, improve), high-frequency multi-word expressions (run out of, at the last minute), separable verbs (break down, cheer up)

B1 High / Level 6

Mid-frequency nouns (salary, perfume), participles (amused, handwriting), and adverbs (optimistically, urgently)

B2 Low / Level 7

Low-frequency verbs (deduce, fertilize), mid-frequency multi-word expressions (wine and dine, chalk up to) and split verbs (well up, coop up)

B2 High / Level 8

Low-frequency nouns (ligament, blemish), participles (vouched, redeems), and multi-word expressions (at someone's beck and call)

C1 Low / Level 9

High-frequency slang/jargon (entrepreneur, masthead) and technical/industry-specific verbs (inaugurate, acclimatize)

C1 High / Level 10

Technical/industry-specific nouns (annulment, deposition)

C2 Low / Level 11

Low-frequency slang, dated/literary vocabulary (cantankerous, svelte), and advanced technical terminology (hemorrhage, osteoporosis)

C2 High / Level 12

More advanced/technical terminology (sequestration, fiduciary responsibility)

(Note: these are things that begin being added at each level, but not necessarily the only things you'll see. For example, we introduce the adjective deferential at level 9 โ€” it's neither an industry-specific word nor jargon, but we felt it was appropriate for this level.)

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