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Second Language Word Diffi culty

  1. Batia Laufer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1328

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Laufer, B. 2012. Second Language Word Diffi culty. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


To understand why some words are easy and some are difficult for second language learners, we should first clarify what is meant by knowing a word.


  • language teaching;
  • second language acquisition;
  • vocabulary