1000 most frequently used English words

1000 MOST COMMON ENGLISH WORDS – FREQUENCY VOCABULARY USING THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE

Hello English Learners!

Looking to become more conversational and effectively tackle a lot of new vocabulary? Check out our post on the 1000 most common words in English below. If you would like some help working on them, feel free to get some help with one of our award-winning online ESL instructors.

When learning a new language the amount of vocabulary can be daunting. Have you heard people say things like: “We only use around 700 words when we talk?” This is true to some degree. The number of words to learn to speak a language really depends on your purpose. Remember that 300 to 600 words may be enough to travel, but at least 1,000 words are necessary for a conversation. The most important thing is not knowing how many words you need to speak a language, but which words to know. Complete fluency is in the 10,000 word range. According to the economist: “Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words. Average native test-takers of age 8 already know 10,000 words. Average native test-takers of age 4 already know 5,000 words. Adult native test-takers learn almost 1 new word a day until middle age”

10,000 words. Wow. That does seem daunting when you are first starting out. But like anything new, you just have to start small and keep adding to it. Why not start smart as well? Below is a list of 100 words that are the most commonly used in the Spanish language.

That’s why we wrote this blog article: Find the 1000 words used most often in spoken English below.

WHY THESE 1000 WORDS?

Let’s imagine that you just got a job as a bartender. Would you try to learn every cocktail known to man, or would you focus on the cocktails that are most popular in your area? We developed this list of words based on the idea of the 80/20 principle (the cornerstone of results-based living). This strategy developed by David Kock that says “The 80/20 Principle asserts that a minority of causes, inputs or efforts usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs or rewards” So instead of learning 10,000 words in no particular order, learn the most common 100 words, then the most common 500 words, and then the most common 1000 words. If you want to check out this classic business book, you can order it here. You can also scroll down to start reviewing the 1000 most common words in English below.

SOME OTHER GREAT WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY:

  1. Watch Netflix in Original language with original language captions
  2. Check out a great book like this: to learn more English Words
  3. Do some quick daily exercises on DuoLingo or any other free language learning app
  4. Take some classes with us at Strømmen and speak to a real human in person or online
  5. Use our list of 1000 most common words in English below. If you don’t know a word you can use google translate to see the meaning.
 

OUR LIST OF THE 1000 MOST COMMON WORDS IN ENGLISH BELOW:

This list is provided by www.wordfrequency.info (thank you!) and is the list that is most useful for language learners. According to thir site it is “Perhaps most useful for language learners, where they probably don’t care about the separate frequency of individual word forms, e.g. decide, decides, decided. It shows the frequency (raw frequency and frequency per million words) in each of the eight main genres: blogs, other web, TV/Movies, (more formal) spoken, fiction, magazine, newspaper, and academic. If you would like to further explore the data please head over to their site. We have chosen this list of 1000 most common words in English because we feel it is the best data set for those of you looking to improve your English vocabulary.

rank Word
1 the
2 be
3 and
4 a
5 of
6 to
7 in
8 i
9 you
10 it
11 have
12 to
13 that
14 for
15 do
16 he
17 with
18 on
19 this
20 n’t
21 we
22 that
23 not
24 but
25 they
26 say
27 at
28 what
29 his
30 from
31 go
32 or
33 by
34 get
35 she
36 my
37 can
38 as
39 know
40 if
41 me
42 your
43 all
44 who
45 about
46 their
47 will
48 so
49 would
50 make
51 just
52 up
53 think
54 time
55 there
56 see
57 her
58 as
59 out
60 one
61 come
62 people
63 take
64 year
65 him
66 them
67 some
68 want
69 how
70 when
71 which
72 now
73 like
74 other
75 could
76 our
77 into
78 here
79 then
80 than
81 look
82 way
83 more
84 these
85 no
86 thing
87 well
88 because
89 also
90 two
91 use
92 tell
93 good
94 first
95 man
96 day
97 find
98 give
99 more
100 new
101 one
102 us
103 any
104 those
105 very
106 her
107 need
108 back
109 there
110 should
111 even
112 only
113 many
114 really
115 work
116 life
117 why
118 right
119 down
120 on
121 try
122 let
123 something
124 too
125 call
126 woman
127 may
128 still
129 through
130 mean
131 after
132 never
133 no
134 world
135 in
136 feel
137 yeah
138 great
139 last
140 child
141 oh
142 over
143 ask
144 when
145 as
146 school
147 state
148 much
149 talk
150 out
151 keep
152 leave
153 put
154 like
155 help
156 big
157 where
158 same
159 all
160 own
161 while
162 start
163 three
164 high
165 every
166 another
167 become
168 most
169 between
170 happen
171 family
172 over
173 president
174 old
175 yes
176 house
177 show
178 again
179 student
180 so
181 seem
182 might
183 part
184 hear
185 its
186 place
187 problem
188 where
189 believe
190 country
191 always
192 week
193 point
194 hand
195 off
196 play
197 turn
198 few
199 group
200 such
201 against
202 run
203 guy
204 about
205 case
206 question
207 work
208 night
209 live
210 game
211 number
212 write
213 bring
214 without
215 money
216 lot
217 most
218 book
219 system
220 government
221 next
222 city
223 company
224 story
225 today
226 job
227 move
228 must
229 bad
230 friend
231 during
232 begin
233 love
234 each
235 hold
236 different
237 american
238 little
239 before
240 ever
241 word
242 fact
243 right
244 read
245 anything
246 nothing
247 sure
248 small
249 month
250 program
251 maybe
252 right
253 under
254 business
255 home
256 kind
257 stop
258 pay
259 study
260 since
261 issue
262 name
263 idea
264 room
265 percent
266 far
267 away
268 law
269 actually
270 large
271 though
272 provide
273 lose
274 power
275 kid
276 war
277 understand
278 head
279 mother
280 real
281 best
282 team
283 eye
284 long
285 long
286 side
287 water
288 young
289 wait
290 okay
291 both
292 yet
293 after
294 meet
295 service
296 area
297 important
298 person
299 hey
300 thank
301 much
302 someone
303 end
304 change
305 however
306 only
307 around
308 hour
309 everything
310 national
311 four
312 line
313 girl
314 around
315 watch
316 until
317 father
318 sit
319 create
320 information
321 car
322 learn
323 least
324 already
325 kill
326 minute
327 party
328 include
329 stand
330 together
331 back
332 follow
333 health
334 remember
335 often
336 reason
337 speak
338 ago
339 set
340 black
341 member
342 community
343 once
344 social
345 news
346 allow
347 win
348 body
349 lead
350 continue
351 whether
352 enough
353 spend
354 level
355 able
356 political
357 almost
358 boy
359 university
360 before
361 stay
362 add
363 later
364 change
365 five
366 probably
367 center
368 among
369 face
370 public
371 die
372 food
373 else
374 history
375 buy
376 result
377 morning
378 off
379 parent
380 office
381 course
382 send
383 research
384 walk
385 door
386 white
387 several
388 court
389 home
390 grow
391 better
392 open
393 moment
394 including
395 consider
396 both
397 such
398 little
399 within
400 second
401 late
402 street
403 free
404 better
405 everyone
406 policy
407 table
408 sorry
409 care
410 low
411 human
412 please
413 hope
414 TRUE
415 process
416 teacher
417 data
418 offer
419 death
420 whole
421 experience
422 plan
423 easy
424 education
425 build
426 expect
427 fall
428 himself
429 age
430 hard
431 sense
432 across
433 show
434 early
435 college
436 music
437 appear
438 mind
439 class
440 police
441 use
442 effect
443 season
444 tax
445 heart
446 son
447 art
448 possible
449 serve
450 break
451 although
452 end
453 market
454 even
455 air
456 force
457 require
458 foot
459 up
460 listen
461 agree
462 according
463 anyone
464 baby
465 wrong
466 love
467 cut
468 decide
469 republican
470 full
471 behind
472 pass
473 interest
474 sometimes
475 security
476 eat
477 report
478 control
479 rate
480 local
481 suggest
482 report
483 nation
484 sell
485 action
486 support
487 wife
488 decision
489 receive
490 value
491 base
492 pick
493 phone
494 thanks
495 event
496 drive
497 strong
498 reach
499 remain
500 explain
501 site
502 hit
503 pull
504 church
505 model
506 perhaps
507 relationship
508 six
509 fine
510 movie
511 field
512 raise
513 less
514 player
515 couple
516 million
517 themselves
518 record
519 especially
520 difference
521 light
522 development
523 federal
524 former
525 role
526 pretty
527 myself
528 view
529 price
530 effort
531 nice
532 quite
533 along
534 voice
535 finally
536 department
537 either
538 toward
539 leader
540 because
541 photo
542 wear
543 space
544 project
545 return
546 position
547 special
548 million
549 film
550 need
551 major
552 type
553 town
554 article
555 road
556 form
557 chance
558 drug
559 economic
560 situation
561 choose
562 practice
563 cause
564 happy
565 science
566 join
567 teach
568 early
569 develop
570 share
571 yourself
572 carry
573 clear
574 brother
575 matter
576 dead
577 image
578 star
579 cost
580 simply
581 post
582 society
583 picture
584 piece
585 paper
586 energy
587 personal
588 building
589 military
590 open
591 doctor
592 activity
593 exactly
594 american
595 media
596 miss
597 evidence
598 product
599 realize
600 save
601 arm
602 technology
603 catch
604 comment
605 look
606 term
607 color
608 cover
609 describe
610 guess
611 choice
612 source
613 mom
614 soon
615 director
616 international
617 rule
618 campaign
619 ground
620 election
621 face
622 uh
623 check
624 page
625 fight
626 itself
627 test
628 patient
629 produce
630 certain
631 whatever
632 half
633 video
634 support
635 throw
636 third
637 care
638 rest
639 recent
640 available
641 step
642 ready
643 opportunity
644 official
645 oil
646 call
647 organization
648 character
649 single
650 current
651 likely
652 county
653 future
654 dad
655 whose
656 less
657 shoot
658 industry
659 second
660 list
661 general
662 stuff
663 figure
664 attention
665 forget
666 risk
667 no
668 focus
669 short
670 fire
671 dog
672 red
673 hair
674 point
675 condition
676 wall
677 daughter
678 before
679 deal
680 author
681 truth
682 upon
683 husband
684 period
685 series
686 order
687 officer
688 close
689 land
690 note
691 computer
692 thought
693 economy
694 goal
695 bank
696 behavior
697 sound
698 deal
699 certainly
700 nearly
701 increase
702 act
703 north
704 well
705 blood
706 culture
707 medical
708 ok
709 everybody
710 top
711 difficult
712 close
713 language
714 window
715 response
716 population
717 lie
718 tree
719 park
720 worker
721 draw
722 plan
723 drop
724 push
725 earth
726 cause
727 per
728 private
729 tonight
730 race
731 than
732 letter
733 other
734 gun
735 simple
736 course
737 wonder
738 involve
739 hell
740 poor
741 each
742 answer
743 nature
744 administration
745 common
746 no
747 hard
748 message
749 song
750 enjoy
751 similar
752 congress
753 attack
754 past
755 hot
756 seek
757 amount
758 analysis
759 store
760 defense
761 bill
762 like
763 cell
764 away
765 performance
766 hospital
767 bed
768 board
769 protect
770 century
771 summer
772 material
773 individual
774 recently
775 example
776 represent
777 fill
778 state
779 place
780 animal
781 fail
782 factor
783 natural
784 sir
785 agency
786 usually
787 significant
788 help
789 ability
790 mile
791 statement
792 entire
793 democrat
794 floor
795 serious
796 career
797 dollar
798 vote
799 sex
800 compare
801 south
802 forward
803 subject
804 financial
805 identify
806 beautiful
807 decade
808 bit
809 reduce
810 sister
811 quality
812 quickly
813 act
814 press
815 worry
816 accept
817 enter
818 mention
819 sound
820 thus
821 plant
822 movement
823 scene
824 section
825 treatment
826 wish
827 benefit
828 interesting
829 west
830 candidate
831 approach
832 determine
833 resource
834 claim
835 answer
836 prove
837 sort
838 enough
839 size
840 somebody
841 knowledge
842 rather
843 hang
844 sport
845 tv
846 loss
847 argue
848 left
849 note
850 meeting
851 skill
852 card
853 feeling
854 despite
855 degree
856 crime
857 that
858 sign
859 occur
860 imagine
861 vote
862 near
863 king
864 box
865 present
866 figure
867 seven
868 foreign
869 laugh
870 disease
871 lady
872 beyond
873 discuss
874 finish
875 design
876 concern
877 ball
878 east
879 recognize
880 apply
881 prepare
882 network
883 huge
884 success
885 district
886 cup
887 name
888 physical
889 growth
890 rise
891 hi
892 standard
893 force
894 sign
895 fan
896 theory
897 staff
898 hurt
899 legal
900 september
901 set
902 outside
903 et
904 strategy
905 clearly
906 property
907 lay
908 final
909 authority
910 perfect
911 method
912 region
913 since
914 impact
915 indicate
916 safe
917 committee
918 supposed
919 dream
920 training
921 shit
922 central
923 option
924 eight
925 particularly
926 completely
927 opinion
928 main
929 ten
930 interview
931 exist
932 remove
933 dark
934 play
935 union
936 professor
937 pressure
938 purpose
939 stage
940 blue
941 herself
942 sun
943 pain
944 artist
945 employee
946 avoid
947 account
948 release
949 fund
950 environment
951 treat
952 specific
953 version
954 shot
955 hate
956 reality
957 visit
958 club
959 justice
960 river
961 brain
962 memory
963 rock
964 talk
965 camera
966 global
967 various
968 arrive
969 notice
970 bit
971 detail
972 challenge
973 argument
974 lot
975 nobody
976 weapon
977 best
978 station
979 island
980 absolutely
981 instead
982 discussion
983 instead
984 affect
985 design
986 little
987 anyway
988 respond
989 control
990 trouble
991 conversation
992 manage
993 close
994 date
995 public
996 army
997 top
998 post
999 charge
1000 seat

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