1000 most frequently used English words

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

Our list of the 1000 most common and frequently used words in English IN ORDER OF FREQUENCY.

 

Because this list of the 1000 most common words is in order of frequency, the first word on the list is used 2x more than the word below it, and the the next word is used 2x more than the word after that (and so on). Focus on the first 100 words, then the next 100 for the most efficient way to learn English vocabulary. After that, you can really challenge yourself with our list of 3000 English words and here is a version with Hindi translation.

 
 
  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

Strommen has the very best ESL instructors in the world, we work with Film and TV stars as well as fortune 500 CEOS. You don’t have to be in Los Angeles to work with one of our private ESL instructors, you can also take online ESL classes with us.

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.

Share this post