The Master Guide to Our English Vocabulary Lists: 1000’s of Words to Learn!

One of the largest English dictionaries has more than 21,000 pages.

Here’s something even more impressive: someone actually attempted to read it from start to finish in one year.

Don’t worry thoughyou don’t need to do all that to master English.

Master the most common 3,000 words, and you’ll pick up 90% of what you’re hearing and reading.

Bump that up to around 10,000, and you’re considered fluent.

In this post, we’ve put together all of our best English vocabulary lists.

Travel English? Business English? Slang words? We’ve got them all here!  


Core English Vocabulary

Use English pretty often, and you’ll notice that the same words keep popping up over and over.

In this section, we’ll tackle the core English vocabulary that you need to know, from articles such as a and the to friendly greetings and ordering from restaurants like a local.

This is the practical type of English that’s meant for your day-to-day life—whether you’re chatting with friends, traveling or about to go on a date!

Common English words


17 Useful English Greetings for English Learners

Are you overusing the English greetings “hello” and “how are you”? Here are detailed explanations of 17 English greetings so you can sound more natural.



It’s Not Rocket Science! 50+ Easy English Words to Learn Now

Learn these easy English words to take your language skills to the next level and start using your English like a native speaker. Read on to learn the basic English nouns,…



Discover the 30 Most Common English Words and How to Use Them

Learn the most common English words to give your communication skills an instant boost! Here’s how to use the top 30 to express almost anything.



6 English Vocabulary Resources to Learn Hundreds of New Words, Fast!

Add hundreds of new words to your English vocabulary. These six online tools make it easy and enjoyable! Find the best word lists, lessons and exercises here.



Blast Off! The Top 7 English Vocabulary Lists to Skyrocket Your English Skills

Take your English vocabulary to the next level with these seven English vocabulary list resources. Gain instant access to thousands of the most commonly used words in the…



How to Talk About Your Daily Routine with 65+ English Vocabulary Words

What is your daily routine like? Can you talk about it in English? Learn these 65+ vocabulary words and phrases to describe your daily routine like a native.



Clothes Vocabulary by the Seasons! 12+ English Words for Fashionable Language All Year

T-shirts. Shorts. Cardigans. Raincoats. Here’s how to dress up your English vocabulary with essential words for clothes in summer, spring, fall and winter.



English Feelings: Your Complete Guide to Expressing Your Emotions

Being able to express your emotions is an important part of communication and language fluency. Learning English feelings vocabulary will help you express yourself in your…



How to Learn English Vocabulary from the Internet’s Favorite Memes

Love the internet? Love memes? Memes are repeated images that can help you learn English vocabulary. You’ll learn great vocabulary with these fun online tools!


Important specific words

Improve Your English Vocabulary with 10 Great Alternatives to “Good”

Are you tired of always saying “good”? Improve your English vocabulary with our explanations and examples for 10 vocabulary words that you can use instead.



Thanks a Million! 25 Ways to Say “Thank You” in English

There are so many ways to say “thank you” in English! Here are 25 of the best ways to express your thanks, along with situations where you can use them.


Easily confused words


The 5 Most Commonly Confused Word Pairs in English

Have you ever confused the English words “fun” and “funny”? Here are 5 common feelings mix-ups for English learners so you will never be confused again!



What’s the Difference Between To and Too? A Too-simple Guide to Mastering These Important English Words

Are you confused about the difference between “to” and “too?” This simple guide will teach you the differences between these two words and explain how to correctly use…



The Most Confusing Words in English, and How to Learn Them

English is full of words that look alike, sound alike or are just plain weird. Learn these most confusing words in English to sound more fluent and confident.



English Words That Look and Sound Similar: Can You Tell the Difference?

Amount vs. number. Desert vs. Dessert. English has many words with similar meanings, spellings or pronunciations. Here’s how to tell them apart like a native.



9 English Word Pairs that Confuse Absolutely Everyone

Are you confused by English? So is everyone else! Learn about these tricky, similar-sounding words to improve your English accuracy and fluency today.


Time, day and months vocab


The One-stop Vocab Guide to All the English Days of the Week

We can’t get rid of the Monday blues… but we can make it way easier to learn the English days of the week! Here’s your ultimate guide, plus idioms and more.



Mark Your Calendars: It’s Time to Learn the Months in English!

Learn the months in English with fun movies! We’ll recommend an English movie for each month of the year and also teach you about that month’s holidays and more. We’ve…


Friends, Family and home


4 Useful Ways of Describing People in English

Describing people is an important skill to have in English. Learn 4 different ways to describe people, along with lots of useful words and phrases!



50+ English House Vocabulary Words: From the Bedroom to the Kitchen and Beyond

Learn to talk about your house in English! Do you want to learn vocabulary to talk about your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and more? We’ll teach you fundamental vocabulary…


Romance and love vocabulary


25+ American Terms of Endearment for Friends, Lovers, Spouses and Strangers

Americans love to express affection with these sweet terms! Try using these with your friends, family and even strangers!



Learn to Speak Love: 20 British Terms of Endearment

Love makes the world go round! Learn how to express your love and affection with these 20 British terms of endearment.



10 Funny Pick-up Lines to Help You Learn English (and Maybe Find Love)!

Do you know any pick-up lines in English? Here are 10 silly pick-up lines that’ll make you laugh out loud—while learning new words and phrases!



All You Need Is Love! Say I Love You in English with These 25 Romantic Expressions

Spice up any relationship with these 25 romantic ways to say “I love you” in English! We’ll teach you plenty of unique phrases for expressing your love in English to that…


Travel and survival English


25 Useful English Vocabulary Words for the Airport

Are you an English learner who is traveling soon? Here are 25 useful English vocabulary words for the airport.



English Tourism Vocabulary: The Words You Need to Connect with Travelers from Around the Globe

Here are some useful words and phrases to seek clarification and encourage dialogue to connect with tourists of all English language levels.



Directions in English: How to Find Your Way While Traveling

We’ve all been lost and there’s a chance it’ll happen again on your next trip. Here are some words and phrases to help you give and get directions in English!


Food, drink and eating out


Welcome to the Party: 25 Nuggets Of Vocabulary for Talking About Food in English

Food is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation! These 25 words and phrases will help you talk about food in English like a native.



Your Complete English Vocabulary Guide for Ordering Beer and Wine at Restaurants

Need English restaurant vocabulary? This guide helps you invite friends to eat out, find a table, order drinks and pay up. Have fun with English this summer!



29 Vegetable Names in English to Quickly Grow Your Food Vocabulary

Quickly learn 29 vegetable names in English with this hearty list of vocabulary. Vegetable pictures and practice material will help you rapidly master these essential…



Fourth of July Picnic: English Vocabulary for All-American Food

Celebrate the All-American holiday: Fourth of July. Fireworks, barbecue, friends and family—it’s so much fun! Learn this vocab and wear some red, white and blue.



Give Thanks with This List of 10 Popular Foods to Eat on Thanksgiving Day

Do you want to know what people eat on Thanksgiving Day? Here’s a list of 10 popular Thanksgiving foods—and more!



30 Essential Fast Food Vocabulary Words for Eating and Learning on the Go

Fast food is everywhere. Learn the English fast food vocabulary you’ll need to know to order and eat hamburgers, fries, pizza, smoothies, sandwiches and more!



Slow Monday? Here’s How to Order Coffee in English Like a Local

Coffee house vocabulary can sometimes be intimidating. We’ve got 5 easy steps and lots of coffee terms to help you order coffee in English with confidence!




It’s Adventure Time! 40+ Camping Words You Need to Know

Check out these 40+ English camping words that’ll boost your vocab, whether you’re an outdoorsman or not! Learn English words for outdoor activities, camping equipment and…



The Essential Guide to Sports Vocabulary

Want to talk about sports in English? Here’s the essential guide to English sports vocabulary!



The Ultimate English Vocabulary Guide For Football / Soccer & the World Cup

Learning English vocabulary and enjoy football / soccer? Then you don’t want to miss this beautiful and detailed post!



11 Useful English Shopping Vocabulary Words And How to Use Them

Americans love to shop. Do you love to shop too? Even if you don’t, you’ll hear these words and phrases in English conversation all the time!



Spell-binding, Magical, Must-see: How to Really Talk About Movies in English

Want to discuss the latest flick with your friends? We’ll help you do that with this list of vocabulary words and questions in English about movies!



The Complete Guide to Talking About Music in English

Music might make you want to dance, but if you want to talk about it in English you’re going to need the right terms. These words and phrases will help you out!


Nature-related words


33 English Beach Vocabulary Words for Summer Fun

Beach vocabulary is tons of fun to learn. Here are 33+ English vocabulary words that all ESL students will need at the beach. Enjoy the sunshine, go swimming!



Essential Summer Vocabulary Word List for ESL Learners

Want to learn some English vocabulary words for the summer? Then our summer vocabulary word list is exactly what you’re looking for.



Spring into English: 28 Fresh ESL Vocabulary Words for Spring

Spring is in the air! Here are 28 essential vocabulary words for ESL learners to enjoy the season.



34 Essential ESL Vocabulary Words to Survive the Winter

Want to learn ESL winter vocabulary? It’s your lucky day. Hope you enjoy the words, beautiful pictures, and useful examples in this post on winter vocabulary..



Ice, Wind, Sand, Fog: How to Talk About the 4 Seasons in English

What’s your favorite time of year? Learn the names of the four seasons in English and all the related words you need to be able to talk about seasonal activities, clothes,…



How to Talk About the Weather in English with All the Right Vocabulary

There’s no way to avoid the weather or avoid talking about it, either! Here are 33 words and phrases you’ll need to talk about the weather in English!


Advanced English Vocabulary

Already feel confident with basic English but you want to expand your vocabulary? Then you might be ready to move on to more advanced English!

You can delve into widely known but more complicated words like illusion and runners-up. Or maybe you’d want to find out all about common word roots (they’ll boost your comprehension right away!). There’s also the weird but wonderful world of homophones, where two words sound alike but have different meanings.

Deepen your understanding of English with these blog posts:



Advanced English Vocabulary: 23 Great Ways to Say “Unique”

“Unique” is a fabulous word, but do you know its three slightly different meanings? Find out what they are while learning 23 great ways to say “Unique”!



Advanced English Vocabulary: 16 Kinds of Happy

Want to learn some advanced English vocabulary? Here are 16 useful ways to say “happy” that you might not know yet.



18 Advanced English Vocabulary Words from Famous Songs

Click here to learn 18 advanced English words from famous singers like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Ariana Grande. Learning English vocabulary doesn’t get any cooler…



25 Sets of Homophones All English Learners Should Know

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently—like “to,” “two” and “too.” Boost your English today with these 25 sets of must-know homophones!



From Fairs to Novels: 21 Everyday English Words with Multiple Meanings

This title probably has you scratching your head! There are a lot of English words with multiple meanings, and in this post you will learn 21 of them that you will hear in…



12 English Words People Say and Use Wrong

There are some English words that even native speakers say wrong. Here are 12 words people use incorrectly all the time!


Difficult English words


15 Difficult English Words and Phrases That Have Opposite Meanings

Here are 15 especially difficult English words for learners because each has two opposite meanings. Challenge yourself to learn both!



5 Reasons Why English Words Are So Difficult to Spell

Why are English words so difficult to spell? Is English just a crazy language? Here are 5 tricky things to remember when spelling new English words.



14 Hard English Words and Unique Techniques to Memorize Them!

Hard English words just became so much easier. These four study tricks will help you memorize any vocabulary. Plus, 14 tricky words you should know!


Business and professional English


Handy English Medical Vocabulary Words You Need to Know

You never know when an medical emergency will happen. Be prepared with these essential English medical vocabulary terms!



How to Talk About Money in English: Vocabulary, Phrases and Idioms

It’s time to talk about your money, in English! Let us help you make sense of those words for dollars and cents with these important terms and phrases.



8 Tools for Anyone to Start Talking About School in English

Talking about school in English is an important skill for all English learners (and their parents) to work on. Here are 8 perfect resources to get started!


Word Parts and Components


40 Suffixes in English You’ll Be Glad You Learned

Learning suffixes in English is perhaps the best way to learn the language faster. In this blog post, we list 40 common suffixes in English as well as examples, tips for…



40 Common Prefixes in English: The Smartest Way to Improve Your Vocabulary Quickly

Prefixes in English are a smart way to instantly improve your English vocabulary. If you learn a few English prefixes, you’ll really be learning hundreds of new vocabulary…



The Fascinating Origins of 16 Common English Words

Learn English word origins and you can learn double or even triple the amount of English vocabulary! Word origins will help you remember and understand better.



How to Boost Your English Vocabulary Instantly with Word Roots!

English word roots are shortcuts to understanding 1000’s of English words! With these 30 common English roots, you’ll learn many new words instantly!



45 Common English Words That Came from Other Languages

Did you know many English words come from other languages? Here are 45 words that come from French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese and other languages!


English Slang

Once you’ve got the foundations of English down, one way to sound even more natural is to learn slang. If you read through any English-language social media website—Twitter, Youtube, Facebook or Reddit, for example—you’ll see lots of slang:

Don’t be such a couch potato.

TBH, I haven’t seen that meme yet.

This summer, I’m going to YOLO.

Slang tends to pop up in informal or casual conversations as well as online. Different English countries can also have different slang! 


Cheesy, Corny, Tacky: 10 Silly Slang Words and Phrases That Are Common in English

Some of the most common and useful English slang words are also the funniest. Here are 10 slang words and phrases that are so silly you’ll never forget them!



English Internet Slang: 30 Essential Slang Terms for Surviving Online

Do you use the Internet in English? Here are 30 useful slang terms for online chatting, gaming, browsing—and more!



Hey, Bae! 10 Teen Slang Phrases You’ve Got to Know for Internet Survival

Teenagers have their own version of English. You’ll need to know teen slang to survive on the Internet!



ESL Slang: 30 English Health and Fitness Vocabulary Words

Learning English and love health and fitness? These 30 English slang vocabulary words related to health and fitness are exactly what you’re looking for.



22 Awesomely Useful Slang Words for ESL Learners

Want to speak English just like a native? Learn these sweet English slang phrases and start sounding more natural.


Learn English Slang with Hilarious BuzzFeed Articles: 21 Slang Words You’ve Got to Know

How much English slang do you know? You need modern English slang to sound like a fluent native speaker and to understand English conversation partners. Word.

Regional English Slang

American English


50 Essential American Slang Words You’ll Hear and Use Everyday | FluentU English Blog

American slang is used everyday and everywhere. It’s not just about sounding cool or fashionable. In any kind of conversation, using slang helps you sound more natural and…


Australian English


30 Awesome Aussie Slang Words You’ll Hear Everywhere in Straya!

Australian slang words are ridiculously fun. Learn the 30 coolest Australian slang words here, and you’ll sound like an authentic Aussie. Grab a cuppa and a choccy…


British English


The English Learner’s Guide to UK Slang: 18 Must-know British Words for Casual Use

Learning UK slang isn’t just fun, it can help you have conversations with British people. Here are 18 must-know British slang words you can start using today!


New Zealand English


Chat Like a Kiwi: 30 New Zealand Slang Words to Sound Like a Native

From your smoko to your arvo, you’ll only need a short time to learn these 30 essential New Zealand slang words! Check them out and learn how to speak like a local kiwi.


More Fun English Vocabulary

When it comes to English vocabulary, you’ll keep finding fascinating words.

For one, there are words for special occasions. Some of the most prominent English-speaking holidays are Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they each have their own unique vocabulary.

The English language also has tons of interesting niches you can look into. Broaden your tech speak in English with words like “download” and “screenshot,” or get trendy with some of the newest words in the language!

Make your English more colorful with these guides:

Holidays in English


20 Lovely Valentine’s Day Vocab Words for English Learners

Are you madly in love with someone? Are you also learning English? Then make them swoon this Valentines Day with this vocabulary list of romantic English words.



50 English Words That Capture the Romance of Valentine’s Day

Do you know the best Valentines Day words in English? Learn how to talk about love, romance, relationships and breakups with this 50-word guide.



Hey, Peeps! 31 English Words for an Easter Vocabulary Feast

Want to learn all about Easter in the English-speaking world? This list of 31 vocabulary words will guide you in talking about and celebrating the holiday!



Celebrate Thanksgiving! 25 English Words and Phrases for One Delicious Holiday

Thanksgiving is a delicious holiday. Americans love to celebrate Thanksgiving! If you are going to have Thanksgiving dinner, here’s everything you need to know!



35 Jolly English Vocabulary Words for a Truly Rockin’ Christmas

Want to celebrate Christmas in English? Here are 35 festive vocabulary words you’ll absolutely need to know for the holiday season!



Spread Good Cheer with These Sparkling English Christmas Greetings

Season’s greetings! These 13+ English Christmas greetings are perfect for your holiday cards, letters and conversations.



Essential Halloween Vocabulary: 31 Spooky Words for October 31

Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31. Learn about the scary creatures and cool traditions through these 31 words!



15 New Year’s Vocabulary Words and Phrases to Ring In 2022 in Style

Learn these 15 important English New Year’s vocabulary words and phrases so you can get closer to your New Year’s resolution to become fluent in English! We’ll also teach…


Miscellaneous fun English vocabulary


Fill in the Gaps: 15+ Common English Filler Words You Should Know

Filler words will make you sound like a native when you speak! Here are 15+ common filler words you should know in English.



15 Beautiful English Words to Dress Up Your Vocabulary

Fall in love with these 15 beautiful English words that will diversify your vocabulary and highlight the beauty of this international language. Read to find out what words…



Hee-haw! 17 Fun Animal Sounds in English

Did you know that animals make different sounds in different languages? Here’s your fun beginner’s guide to 17 animal sounds in English!



ESL Vocabulary: The Language of Luck

Are you an ESL learner looking for good luck? Check out these luck-related English vocabulary words, phrases, and idioms!



Break It Down! How to Learn the Longest Words in English by Finding Their Essential Parts

Pneumonoultramicro… what?! Check out the longest word in English plus other crazy long words, and learn to use them all as vocabulary building tools.



15 Cool New English Words That Were Added to Our Dictionaries in 2015

English is a pretty cool language. Some of our favorite words from the Internet and cultural movements have been added to dictionaries in 2015. Hooray!



25 Trendy New Words in English That Native Speakers Use All the Time

I’m hangry. Want to get a froyo? Just don’t ghost me! Learn 25 of the most common new English words that native speakers use in conversations all the time.



Technical Terms Matter Too: 25 Essential English Computer Vocabulary Words

Cookies. Clouds. Bugs. No, we’re not at a picnic. Learn the important (sometimes strange!) English computer terms every modern language student needs.



16 Unique English Words That’ll Make You Sound Like a Genius

Sound smarter with these 16 unique English words that have interesting meanings, pronunciations and spellings. Click to find out how words like flummox, thwart, flimflam…



15 Weird English Words You Won’t Believe Exist!

It is always great to have a wide vocabulary. You speak a lot clearer. Have fun as you learn with these weird and wonderful English words!



Constantly learning vocabulary is a key part of becoming fluent.

It’s fascinating to see how communicating in English becomes easier as you pick up more and more words!

With this master sheet of resources, you can grow your vocabulary—from building a foundation with the most basic words to expressing yourself like a native.

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