A Great Idea
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I have always wanted something like this to offer you, and now someone else has created it… and made it free.

Best of all, it’s a great tool for understanding more of what people say to you.

You know, having a good vocabulary goes a long way to understanding more Spanish, especially when your friends speak fast. The trouble is most books have words listed by themes. If you are not careful, you can learn a bunch of words you’ll hardly ever use.

It’s very common that people learn word in lists. They know how to say in Spanish things like bobby pin, headband and hairclip. The trouble is that unless you’re a hairstylist those words won’t get you very far.

Instead, it’s much better to learn the most frequently used words first. You see, studies have shown that as few as 100 words are used in 50% of all Spanish communication

That’s why in Shortcut to Spanish, as well as over 3000 instant Spanish words, I also built in the 100 most common words.

Likewise, in Synergy Spanish you can learn to combine Synergy Verbs with Brick and Mortar Words to make as many as 88,000 phrases from just 138 words.

High frequency Spanish words are great for your listening and reading skills as well.

Learn the 1000 most common words and you’ll make a lot more sense out of the Spanish you read and hear… Even when people speak fast.

I have often thought about creating a product to teach the 1000 most common Spanish words as quickly as possible.

Well it looks like someone has beat me to it and done it very well.

Plus, they are giving it away.

Yes, I just found a piece of software that makes it easy to learn the 1000 most common Spanish words, y es gratis.

Click here to download Wordgalore software and start learning the 1000 most common Spanish words. (3.5MB)

or you can get the big daddy

Get the Wordsgalore badboy version with 9100 Spanish word audio file.

Here’s where it comes from Wordgalore if you want to thank the author.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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99 Comments posted on "A Great Idea"
Catrice ClemonNo Gravatar on June 8th, 2012 at 1:58 am #

I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this information for my mission.


MartinNo Gravatar on March 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

Here it is March 2011, and I just found this WordsGalore URL, thanks to your Email of today, 33.3.2011. Fantastic. As an owner of Shortcut to Spanish, Synergy Spanish, Informal Spanish, and more, I am a devoted student of Marcus’.


carolynNo Gravatar on January 29th, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

Like to hear more about the synergy spanish.


spNo Gravatar on August 24th, 2009 at 11:09 am #

Thanks for your wonderful website, and for WordsGalore, both of which are very helpful in learning spanish.


PaulNo Gravatar on June 18th, 2009 at 10:25 am #

Dear Marcus,
I purchased Synergy Spanish level 2 and I have not received confirmation from you of receipt or password to enable me to obtain downloads. I did however get a receipt from paypal, receipt no: 5122237775328958. Can you please confirm if you have received payment or contact paypal to resolve this problem.


murtazaNo Gravatar on June 12th, 2009 at 11:37 am #

hy dude that is realy great
gracieas marcus!


ShishirNo Gravatar on June 11th, 2009 at 2:37 am #

Thanks for such good stuffs, that enhance my spanish. gracias.


dory KotipeltoNo Gravatar on June 9th, 2009 at 3:58 am #

yo aprendi español, con un curso autodidacta, como lo aprenden los niños, y fue muy sencillo, aunque el español es un idioma muy dificil.
gracias y sigan adelante ayudando a la people.


EM BiddleNo Gravatar on May 31st, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

Had no problems opening the file. This is will be very helpful. Gracias, Marcus!


anasNo Gravatar on May 28th, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

I have tried the exercises you have proposed ,and I find it wonderful
Thank you marcus


SheilaNo Gravatar on May 28th, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

Have downloaded the 1000 words, cannot open it though. Keep getting messages saying there are loads of threats


sushmithaNo Gravatar on May 27th, 2009 at 7:48 am #

Thanks for the link Marcus.


Brenda HardingNo Gravatar on May 26th, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

Can’t open download of 1000 words. What a shame!


JerónimoNo Gravatar on May 26th, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

Sorry,… I forget that this website needs volunteer readers in order to record themselves reading the English texts and the Spanish texts are reading by Spanish natives.

An accent doesn´t matter, because the same texts can be listened to in different accents.

See you!!!

Gracias y buena suerte!!!


rosasunNo Gravatar on May 26th, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

very good, thank you so much


JerónimoNo Gravatar on May 26th, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

Hola Marcus,

Soy español, de las Islas Canarias y estudio inglés con tu método.

He leído que necesitan audios en MP3 en español castellano. En este sitio web los puedes solicitar gratuitamente a hablantes nativos. Todo es gratis!!!

¡¡Nos vemos por allí!!


Hello Marcus,

I am Spanish, from the Canary Islands (Spain) and I am learning English with your method.

I’ve just read that you need MP3 audios from natives of Spain (Spanish Castilian) and in this website you can request them. It is ALL FREE!!!

See you over there!!!


JohnNo Gravatar on May 26th, 2009 at 3:31 am #

Hola Marcus,
Well, I guess sometimes, you don’t know what you open up with a simple statement. I think, as a gringo living in Mexico, having the ability to have a few phrases to try and get my point across is a great start. For sure they know I’m an Anglo, not really a Mexican, but I don’t have to open my mouth to tell them that. So, I have to get my act together, take advantage of all the free stuff you have given me. For sure I will sign up for one of your programs.


PJ O'MalleyNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

I’d like to see it available to Mac users…..


mohammed KNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

Great lesson with more useful words, Thank U Marcus.


Lee OlsonNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

Not for MAC–darn.


DanNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

PJ O’Malley, congratuations for never having made a typographical error in you otherwise perfect life! Small minded people spend their lives waiting to point out other’s mistakes, others look for the overall message glean the good from it. Get over yourself.


DanNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

eternalman (infernalman?) What’s racist about offering another site for free that helps people?) You’re a dick.


DanNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

Paul, what’s your point? Insipid cryptic messages only indicate your lack of ability to string a compete thought together.


Catherine DitomasoNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

The word Galore was interesting. I am still becoming familar with the operation of Wordgalore but it is a good tool. I took the first test and got 17 out of 20 thanks to Senergy Spanish.


MichaelNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

Hi Marcus
Brave of you to share wordsgalore with us all, I agree with Gloria’s words. I have used wordsgalore once sound quality is good and great fun it is too, but it lacks phrases and context that you use in your lessons.
Thank you again for helping make my spanish dream come true. Michael


MarcusNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

Hi Dede and the other mac users

Marcus here,

I didn’t create Wordsgalore, so I have no control over whether they make a version for Mac or not.

By the way, my courses have PDF and MP3 files, which are compatable with Macs.

One more thing, thanks anders for the comment…

This page has the 1000 most frequent words from Wordsgalore


DedeNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 11:41 am #

Marcus – When are you going to get it together for us Mac users? I’ve been checking in with Synergy Spanish (responding to your e-mails)every once in a while (for literally years) when something like your “wordsgalore” offering piques my interest…only to be disappointed again! You are missing a very big part of your potential classroom/audience. Please consider doing more to insure that we Mac folks are included! Otherwise, you are doing a wonderful job. Sincerely, Dede


Victor PattersonNo Gravatar on May 25th, 2009 at 9:07 am #

Is there a Mac OSX version of WordGalore?


gloriaNo Gravatar on May 24th, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

Dear Marcus. I am at a loss for words…. Again and again you have shared your knowledge of the spanish language. Thank you for sending me the link to this wonderful program. I have tried it and it is a useful tool for learning new vocabulary. I too, will not leave your program as your love for sharing this language has made you many friends from all walks of life and from all over the world. I look forward to your e-mails. Thanks again!!!

Gloria, Halifax, NS, Canada


efitzzeeNo Gravatar on May 24th, 2009 at 12:09 am #

Thank you. This is great, and fun. There are a number of free learning sites but the combination of audio and visual with this download is what makes it a very useful tool for learning and correcting pronunciation and the self-testing is great for memorization and the ear training. It is amazing that it is free!!!! Thank you for sharing this information and as others have said, you have a brilliant mind and there will be other great ideas from you.


Lisa WallinderNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

Thank you Marcus for this, finding it fantastic for my vocabulary, but I won’t be leaving you. You can’t really have a conversation unless you know how to put that word into a sentence, and your the genius at showing us how that’s done !!. Thanks again


John IngolfNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 am #

muchas gracias! es fantastico!


Milton JohnsonNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 at 12:30 am #

Looks like you got enough comments, but
another won’t hurt.Thanks Thanks THANKS
wordsgalore is a vary good tool.


Helen Sloan ThompsonNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

Hi it’s all so good, I extend my thanks to you I never believed I could speak spanish at all never mind so qickly.
muhas gracias


AbiNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

I downloaded it and tried a few tests, but I kept getting wrong answers because the programme is in US English and of course everyone knows that US English is spelt quite differently from Queens English, so I exited from the programme (por exemplo – programme was marked incorrect because I did not spell it program)I think you are doing a great job Marcus. You should register your ideas immediately on Intellectual Rights, and then if someone else does copy them you can claim royalties. You will find it on t’internet)


I BatstoneNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

Some of the words are americanised, and are not real Spanish as spoken in Spain.
It would be helpful if the word as spoken in Spain were added. Thank you


JoanaNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

Very good to learn the Spanish words and to remember them with mp3 audio, hearing how the word is spelt. Brilliant idea. Thank you so much.


AnnisaNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

Muchas gracias marcus you really are an asset to the learning of the language when my interest begins to wane you come up with something as selfless as worgalore de nuevo gracias.


patrick joseph darnbroughNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

Marcus, I would like to thank you for keeping me on your mailing list and sharing all these wonderful ideas you have for learning spanish.please keep it up.p.s. I’m just going to download your latest offer gratis.gracia amigo!!


patrick joseph darnbroughNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

Marcus, I would like to thank you for keeping me on your mailing list and sharing all these wonderful ideas you have for learning spanish.please keep it up.p.s. I’m just going to download your latest offer gratis.gracia amigo!!


Phylis CollierNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

I too have a Mac and it came coded,
I am sooo disappointed. If you know how
to fix the problem, please let me know.
Many thanks Marcus.


SheilaNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

Was unable to download the Spanish 1000, or the 9000 words. It is encoded


Nebil MakkiNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 11:31 am #

Hola Marcus, thank you so much. You are a genius. I never thought learning Spanish could be this easy. Suddenly I know so many words and can create many more using your method of changing English to Spanish. This is the best way to learn a language.
Muchas gracias Marcus.


jimtaoNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 9:10 am #

It’s excellent. very good idea and you’re so smart. Thank you so much.


michael carr jonesNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 7:10 am #

Thanks, it is good to know that there are people who like to help.
I find that so many sites if you don’t pay they don’t want to know, a shortsighted view I think. Forgetting that some of us cannot always pay.At 83 I am enjoying this thanks again.


oleNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 6:35 am #

hmm this program is exellent and if you got the idea to.. then you take there idea.. nobody can steel something you dont have in real.. so it is pity that you use this phrases “stolen” because your own program is exelent so stop this nonsense frases in is not you worth ole


Grannys42No Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 5:16 am #

Hola Marcus, Just when I thought I had seen it all, something comes along to astound me. I have done two of your courses, Synergy, and Shortcut to Spanish, both brilliant, but after reading some of the previous comments, there are still knockers. I am sure if some people were given a million dollars, they would complain because it wasn’t more. To me, you are a genius; you’ve made learning Spanish fun. Don’t give up. Buena suerte


John RuppelNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 2:01 am #

Words Galore is just another program that possibly has it’s uses, but as a fellow teacher, nothing I have seen to date compares to yours. Please keep up your good work. I have tried several programs over the last 12 years, and yours IS THE BEST.


Elisa Cristine De La TorreNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 1:30 am #

I like learning this way thanks!!!


DonNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 at 1:12 am #

Thanks anyway


MJCNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

Why did Rama jump to the conclusion that this software from Wordgalore represents a pirating of your work and why didn’t you dispel that notion immediately if it is not true.

Pronunciation of the words in the program seems excellent!


Les WhalleyNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

Looks like you had a very good idea Marcus.
I’ve long suspected that an idea is shared amongst several people so it has the greatest chance of reaching the world at large.
Having only had a quick look here are my thoughts.
From what I have seen it could do with a makeover into the typical Windows format. Menus instead of buttons scattered around, but I’m being picky and it is only cosmetic.
It is very good and just by taking the student tests it will help me.
I’m certain it will help most students realise how much or how little they really know.
If you had this excellent idea you must have many more ready to emerge into the world and surprise us all.

I’ll give it more of a workout later.

Thanks for the links.

PS. It wont be long before its Mac friendly. I presume they wanted to get it out before anyone else could.
Its no consolation but your Synergy Spanish is what might have given them the idea.



AileenNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

Whoops – Sorry. Thought I was being very clever but can only get the lists and the sound.


ulrike wolkenstoerferNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

Hi Marcus,

thanks for another hint to learn Spanish. I never made it beyond Synergy Spanish, mainly because of time constrains. But one day soon I will continue with Bola de Nieve and this extra free-of-charge lesson will serve me just fine in addition to your course. So, speak soon, Ulrike


IkaNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

You’re simply the best! had to stop taking your lessons but hope to be able to pick up bola de nieve again soon! Best wishes!


Tomas Alberto LevetteNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

Bueno-me gusta como recurso con valor.
A ellos que han pirotado siento enfado. A te todo lo bueno. Sigue amigo mio y gracias. Como docente-te agradezco.


Tony MansellNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

Hey thanks for that. Any thing to help and keep the interest up. Keep up the good work and I will continue to try hard.


Les MillsNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

I cannot download Wordgalore software or the programme, is it because I am Mac based? It says “this programme cannot be run in DOS mode” Does this mean I’m doomed never to be able to get it?


andersNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 5:28 pm #


If you have a Mac you can see the words at the following address


MikeNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

I have purchased both Synergy and Shortcut. But am unemployed at this time. So I really appreciate the links to the programs. I always love free stuff. Well, unless it is like a cold or the flu (hahaha). Thank you for the kindness and may God bless you and your family. Mike


andersNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

Yes Linda, exe files are Windowsfiles, so they do not work with Macs. So Marcus still have a window to do a Mac file for us Mac lovers!


PJ O'MalleyNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

Watch your spelling. In addition to talking too fast, maybe you are typing too fast! Hopes this is useful to you.
“The rtoruble is…”


Cynthia NiernbergerNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

Marcus, you have so many ideas, not the one…so you rock, and I am hoping
to get back to this during the summer!


ronNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

I do thank you for all your hard work. i am sorry folks steal others ideas and work. hang in there bro. God bless!


AileenNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

Hola Mac users – I Googled the site and that worked.


MicheleNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

I downloaded your trial chapter, and although I have been learning spanish here in spain I have struggled, but, today I have had a conversation with my doctor, the practice nurse and the woman on the checkout, I will be ordering your full course shortly, if I have learnt this much on one chapter, just think how well I might do on all of them.


LauraNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

What a brilliant and innovative way to help me learn spanish – i have found this really useful!! thanks!


gospelradioNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

yeah, but they created it in 2006.
so a big step ahead and find out something new a different for us. 🙂
thanx Marcus all your effort!


Tom ParnellNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

Thank you Marcus. All tools are valuable, your course especially. But extra tools are nice to have.

His Peace be with you!


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Michael ColesNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

Thank you for the information. I studied Spanish at http://www.sipuebla (great program) and the teacher also recommended your program.


EternalmanNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

mruppert….your racist comment proves you to be the idiot.


John IngolfNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

I thank you very much. you are very good-hearted man.
haven’t tried it out yet.


PaulNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

what’s your point?


TashNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

Thanks, a very useful tool for when you wnat to quickly find a word.


DouglasNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

Es incredible. Muchas gracias. Ahora tengo una otra herramienta para ayudame con mis lecciones.


GraemeNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

Proceed with your product, improve it based on their freebie – and then simply market it better! You can buy beans in Tesco for 7p but Heinz still manage to sell theirs for 47p (UK). Forget Spanish – Think Marketing!!!

BTW, did I read right on their website? “After you have learned 2-5,000 Spanish words buy a bilingual bible”?? Strangest (and most useless!) way I have ever heard!! Unless you want to be a Spanish priest!!


MitziNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

Hi Marcus
What a great tool to help implant those words! Another fun way to learn, thank you@


Anne FinneganNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:59 am #

I have already bought your course, but I prefer to have the words used in sentences. You could learn 2 0r 3 words in context.Easier to remember !


PamelaNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:39 am #

Love it, I am one of those people who need to hear words often in order to learn. Thank you.


Gabriel STOIANNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:36 am #

I thank you very much. I are a very good-hearted man.


JerónimoNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:32 am #

¡Hola! > Hello!

Soy español > I am Spanish
y > and
estoy aprendiendo inglés > I am learning English
con el Sistema de Marcus. > with Marcus’s System.

Intento traducirlo al español. > I’m trying to translated to Spanish.

Prefiero utilizar > I prefer to use
este programa: > this program:

Talk it!

Es gratis > It’s free
y > and
sólo tiene 381 Kb.> Just 381 Kb.

Me permite oir > It allows me to hear
las oraciones en inglés, > the sentences in English,
expresiones > phrases
o > or
palabras > words
con las que tengo dudas. > with which I have doubts.

También utilizo > I also use
el traductor en línea de google >
Online translator google
aunque > although
tiene muchos erroes. > it has many errors.|es|

Otro sitio muy bueno es: > Another excellent site is:

y también es gratis > and it’s also free

Saludos, > Cheers,


Terry ChestnuttNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:31 am #

Thanks for providing these mp3 files. It helps a lot to hear the words correctly pronounced. A lot of the people in my apartment building speak Spanish. Now I can start recognizing some of the words as they speak them. That’s a good place start. I plan on getting another of your courses soon.


Brenda SpillerNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:28 am #

HI Marcus

Keep on with your idea Marcus, remember there are many people who believe in value paying for things, something free isn’t always something better, nor will it make it any easier to learn, we still have to put in the effort.

There are few things in the world that are new, and if you believe in abundance and that there is always room for more of the same, or better.

Many companies in the world sell the same products and they still make profit and have their loyal customers.

All the best Brenda.


Sue KraftNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:19 am #

Now that is a really well done tool to learn vocabulary. Thanks for the tip.


StephanieNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:17 am #

muchas gracias! es fantastico!


Debra MatovichNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:16 am #

Thanks Marcus! I still like your products the best for learning Spanish but this is useful for drilling vocabulary.


DanNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:13 am #

Great idea but it can’t be used on a Mac


MoiraNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 11:08 am #

Looks good to me great way to learn words and pronunciation


Paul DalyNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:42 am #

Muchas, muchas palabras espanioles excellente, muy bien. Muchas gracias de
Pablo daly


Richard KellyNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:40 am #

Generous of you to tell us about it but, unfortunately, of no use to Mac users.


John RomanoNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:30 am #

I have tried many methods of learning Spanish in the past and I have only managed to learn to converse at very basic level. A “real world” approach to teaching Spanish is badly needed, so keep up the great work, I plan to buy your course real soon.



Werner WirthNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:29 am #

Hi Marcus,thanks for quick reply !Bandids never are sleeping. I for sure stay by you and do not need the
bad way of bandids. Don’t worry !Best regards,Werner


yousefNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:26 am #

Not bad, but I prefer to use new vocabularies in sentences in different modes. So I can improve both my speaking and listening skills.


JuliaNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 10:18 am #

I have been using wordsgalore for a while and agree they are an excellent resource.

Working together you could come up with even more, excellent customised tools to help people to learn Spanish.


frankNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 6:13 am #

I will be buying courses from you in the very near future. Thank you for keeping my intrest in learnig Spanish alive——–frank


Rama L. ShawNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 3:48 am #

I have truly enjoyed your courses and will order Wordgalore very woon. I’m low on funds at the moment. So sorry that your info has been pirated. It’s a sad thing that we can’t protect our hard-worked-for products.
Thanks for all that you do to help us learn Spanish. You are the BEST.


Linda MillerNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 3:25 am #

I have a Mac and I don’t think it works with a Mac. Anyway, it came in all coded. Darn!!


mruppertNo Gravatar on May 21st, 2009 at 3:01 am #

Knowledge of phrases and bits and piece s of words make the gringo/a look even more idiotic than he or she all ready is. Spanish is about 10 or 11 different languages and we must learn it as such.
Must the same as English in Boston is not the same as Englishin Eulie, Florida.


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