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An example use of helfen in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:
“… sich selbst und er war ein Diener, er sollte dir helfen, nur dir helfen, ja das war es …”
the word helfen occurs in german on average 120.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.