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Most common 100 words in Spanish

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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 100 words used most often in spoken Spanish below.

100 most frequently used Spanish wordsWhy these 100 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.

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: Spanish Frequency Vocabulary
  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 

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        Word in Spanish

Meaning in English

1

que

that

2

de

of, from

3

no

no

4

a

to

5

la

the

(for singular feminine nouns)

6

el

the (for masculine singular nouns)

7

es

he is, she is, it is (for essential characteristics)

8

y

and

9

en

in, on, at

10

lo

it, him (direct-object pronoun)

11

un

a, an (for singular masculine nouns)

12

por

for, by, through

13

qué

what / how (as in “how nice!”)

14

me

me, myself

15

una

a, an (for singular feminine nouns)

16

te

you (direct-object pronoun)

17

los

the (for plural masculine nouns)

18

se

himself, herself, itself

19

con

with

20

para

for, to

21

mi

my

22

está

he is, she is, it is (non-permanent characteristics)

23

si

if

24

bien

well, good

25

pero

but

26

yo

I

27

eso

that

28

las

the (for plural feminine nouns)

29

yes

30

su

his, her, its

31

tu

your

32

aquí

here

33

del

of the, from the, in the

34

al

to the

35

como

how, as, like

36

le

him, her, formal you (indirect object pronoun)

37

más

more

38

esto

this (for singular masculine nouns)

39

ya

already

40

todo

everything

41

esta

this one (for singular feminine nouns)

42

vamos

let’s go, come on

43

muy

very

44

hay

there is

45

ahora

now

46

algo

something

47

estoy

I am (non-permanent characteristics)

48

tengo

I have

49

nos

us

50

you

51

nada

nothing

52

cuando

when

53

ha

he has, she has, it has (auxiliary)

54

este

this one (for singular masculine nouns)

55

I know

56

estás

you are (non-permanent characteristics)

57

así

like this

58

puedo

I can

59

cómo

how

60

quiero

I want

61

sólo

only, just

62

soy

I am (for essential characteristics)

63

tiene

he has, she has, it has

64

gracias

thank you

65

o

or

66

él

he

67

bueno

good

68

fue

he was, she was, it was

69

ser

to be (for permanent characteristics)

70

hacer

to do, to make

71

son

they are (for permanent characteristics)

72

todos

all of us, all of them

73

era

he was, she was, it was (permanent characteristics)

74

eres

you are (permanent characteristics)

75

vez

time (as in “one time”)

76

tienes

you have

77

creo

I believe

78

ella

she

79

he

I have (auxiliary)

80

ese

that one

81

voy

I go

82

puede

he can, she can, it can

83

sabes

you know

84

hola

hello

85

sus

his, her (for plural nouns)

86

porque

because

87

Dios

God

88

quién

who

89

nunca

never

90

dónde

where

91

quieres

you want

92

casa

house

93

favor

favor

94

esa

that one (for singular feminine nouns)

95

dos

two

96

tan

so

97

señor

mister

98

tiempo

time

99

verdad

truth

100

estaba

I was (non-permanent characteristics)

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