In Search of More Multilingual Vocabulary & Verb Conjugation Lists

By   January 12, 2011

In my never-ending search for websites that provide multilingual vocabulary lists for comparative study, I came across Poliglottus last week. They have two main sections: Basic Vocabulary of 1,300 words in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian and Basic Verb Forms in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Sardinian.  Yes, Sardinian!

You choose two languages, a “chapter” and click Final Exam, then choose Memorize for the lists to appear to the right.  You can also choose Simulator for a flashcard system or Examination to test your memory by typing the translation.

Each chapter has 48 words or verb conjugations total, with 12 appearing at once. Vocabulary words are not in thematic categories, however, and seem to be just random. The verbs are not actually labeled for tenses (though there are two chapters per tense in this order: present, present perfect, imperfect, future, conditional, past conditional, past perfect, subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive, and past perfect subjunctive when I chose Italian/French) but the same verbs are used for each tense – be, have, do, go, want, know, etc. – and they are always in the classic I, you, he/she/it, we, you (plural), they order.

In addition to the sites I’ve previously mentioned such as Book2 and Internet Polyglot, Unilang also includes a MediaGlyphs Wordlist and Basic Phrasebook for comparing two languages. Yet the only resource I’ve found so far that includes more than two languages side-by-side, except my own Romance and Germanic vocabulary & verb pages, is Frederick Bodmer’s Loom of Language which was published in the 1940’s – meaning many of the words are no longer used and words related to technology are completely absent.

I’m still looking for a website, or even a spreadsheet, that includes multiple languages instead of just two that can be customized or modified.  I’m just wondering if a master comparative vocabulary list with words grouped thematically already exists somewhere.  Someone mentioned this on the forum a while ago, but I don’t know if anything ever came of it.

  • Violissima

    This is just a thank you for the time and effort you put into this blog. I can’t even imagine how much time it takes and am always very excited to see what you post. I started reading your blog way back when you first moved to France. Through the tools you’ve shared, I’ve begun learning German and have been greatly improving my pidgin French, and have learned a lot about life in France and other countries. I’m sure I speak for many people who have benefited from your sharing spirit. I just really appreciate the kind of person you are and just thought I’d finally say it! :)

    • Jennie Wagner

      Thank you so much for commenting. I really appreciate it! My website does take a lot of my free time but I don’t mind as long as someone out there is learning something from it. :)

  • Gracie

    I am definitely going to try this site out and see what I can learn. Thanks for posting it.

    • Jennie Wagner

      Thanks Gracie, and good luck with learning French!

  • Fm

    > I’m still looking for a website, or even a spreadsheet, that includes multiple languages

    You can try this form @ Mediaglyphs Project:

    It will generate two or three languages side by side, plus glyphs, for any combination of languages (limited to the availability of language data currently in the curated databases: some languages are more complete, some just started)

  • Cristian

    asadas dsa dsa das d

    • Jennie Wagner

      The UniLang Basic Wordlist through Mediaglyphs ( and are the best I’ve found so far.

      • Cristian

        Ha, amazing :) I’ve visited in the past and liked it a lot but couldn’t find it again for the life of me.. thanks for reminding me of it!

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