Let me tell you a little secret.
There’s a nice trick that can help you learn a language pretty fast.
In fact, I can promise you results within a few weeks.
Sound too good to be true?
Well, let me break it down for you.
No matter the language, there are some words and phrases that you’ll always end up using more often. Knowing these will help you express yourself in most situations, especially in everyday conversations.
And the best part is, most of these words are really simple and can be easily mastered with some practice.
In this post, I’ll discuss some very easy English words that every language learner must know. I’ll also explain their meanings and teach you exactly how to use them in sentences.
Are you excited already?
Let’s begin with the basics!
Basic Grammar Rules to Remember When Using Easy English Words
Before we move on to the important words, let’s do a quick grammar recap.
Remembering the simple rules and suggestions listed below will ensure that your sentences are free of careless mistakes.
I’m assuming you’re somewhat familiar with these basic grammar rules, but just in case any of them sound difficult feel free to look them up.
- A noun and a verb are all you need to form a sentence. As you must know, English grammar has many parts. A typical sentence usually includes a noun, a verb, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and more. However, the most important parts are the noun and the verb.
- Remember that a sentence needs a subject and a predicate. When you’re trying to express yourself, just keep in mind that every sentence usually has a doer, or the subject (the one doing the action), and an object, or predicate (the one receiving the action).
- Use simple conjunctions. When you’re trying to form slightly longer sentences, make sure you use conjunctions or connecting words like and, but and or.
- Always begin a question with any of the six main question words. In English, when we’re asking something, there are certain words we always use to indicate (show) what kind of question it is. These words are what, who, how, when, where and why.
- Add -ly to turn adjectives into adverbs. Adjectives are words that we use to describe nouns, while adverbs are used to describe verbs and adjectives. Many adjectives can easily be turned into adverbs simply by adding an -ly to them at the end. Later in this post, be on the lookout for adjectives that have been turned into adverbs!
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50+ Easy English Words to Learn Now
Now that the grammar rules are fresh in your mind, it’s time to start putting them into practice with some easy English words and examples.
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And now, it’s time to learn some easy English words. I’ve sorted the vocabulary list into different categories to make it easier for you to study!
Nouns, as you must know, are “naming” words. They can refer to people, things, places and ideas. Here are some of the most common ones that you need to know and that are perfect for beginners.
A house is a building or the place in which you live. There can be many types of houses, such as an apartment, a bungalow, a mansion, a hut, a shack and so on. A house is usually your “home” and is also called a residence.
I live in a large house with my sister.
A job is what you do in order to earn money and keep on living. In most jobs, you often have to work in an office. Based on how much work you do, you get paid a certain amount.
Meena is looking for a new job.
A business is an organization or a system where you buy or sell things in order to make money. If you run a business or work in one, then that’s your job.
She has been running her own business for five years now.
Food is what you eat to remain fit and keep on living. If we don’t eat every day, we’ll get sick.
She asked me what sort of food I like the most, and I replied, “chocolate.”
A restaurant is a place where you often go to eat food by paying for it.
Yesterday, I had dinner with my friends at a restaurant near my house.
A telephone is an object that you use to call someone when they’re too far away to speak to them in person.
Can I use your telephone to call my brother who recently moved away to another town?
Your address tells someone exactly where you live. If someone requires proof of your existence or they want to send you something by mail, they’ll ask for your address.
My mailing address is 18 Park Street, Kolkata 700016.
Money refers to the thin strips of paper or the metal coins that you use to pay for things. Generally, the more money you have, the richer you are.
Her business failed, so she has lost a lot of money recently.
A friend is someone you like, spend time with and can ask for help but who isn’t connected to your family.
I went to watch a movie with a friend from school.
Love is what you feel when you care about someone or like something a lot.
I love this book so much that I’ve already read it five times.
Pronouns are words that we use to replace a noun.
For instance, if we’re talking about a boy named Mahesh, we can use the pronouns he, him and his to refer to him, instead of using Mahesh all the time.
The rules are simple.
If you’re talking in the first person, you use pronouns like I, me and mine.
If you’re talking in the second person, you use you, yours and your.
If the sentence involves more than two people, you use we, us and ourselves.
If it’s in the third person, gender and number become important. If someone identifies as male, we use he, him, and his. For those who identify as female, we use she and her. If something has no gender, we use it, and if the gender doesn’t fit into the male/female binary, we often use their and they.
We also use their, they and them when we’re referring to more than one person.
Here are some examples:
I lost my wallet today.
She writes in her notebook every day.
Hilary broke her favorite toy and she is very sad about it.
They closed the business last week.
The stranger was following me at night, and I was afraid that they would do something bad to me.
Verbs are action words. They show us the process of doing things.
A noun usually comes with a verb, and knowing the following 10 verbs is sure to come in handy (useful).
You talk whenever you speak to someone or say anything out loud.
I talk to my best friend every day, at night, over the telephone.
We use this word whenever we refer to an action that we’re carrying out or accomplishing.
I will do the task as soon as I get home from work.
We use this word whenever we move or travel from one place to another.
Ray will go to his sister’s house tomorrow by train.
This verb is used when we refer to the act of creating something.
He is going to make a plan for a more successful business.
When we move from one place to another using our feet, we walk.
They walk home from school.
During every meal, you take food, put it into your mouth, chew it and swallow it. This action is called eating.
Mary loves to eat chocolate.
When it’s solid food, we eat. When it’s a liquid that we swallow, we drink. We drink water every day, for example.
It’s important to drink water after exercising.
Work is what you do at your job to keep earning money. It’s an activity that requires (needs/uses) your mental and physical effort.
I work between seven and eight hours every day at my job.
Sleep refers to the time when you’re lying down and resting. Your mind isn’t alert or aware of its surroundings when you’re sleeping.
John goes to sleep at 10.
This is a verb that we use to describe an emotion or a feeling, like love or anger, or a sensation, like heat or touch. It’s how we manage to relate to the environment and to ourselves.
I feel that something is wrong with her because she’s behaving strangely.
Adjectives are words that we use to describe nouns.
They make whatever we say sound more precise and vivid, and they help us convey what we think with more accuracy.
Here are some of the most common adjectives that you can start using immediately.
When you’re feeling pleased, glad or delighted about something, the emotion that you’re feeling is called happiness. When you’re happy, you’re full of joy.
The playground was full of happy children.
The exact opposite of happiness is when you feel sad, like when something bad or terrible has happened and you’re filled with sorrow and pain.
After losing her job, Rita was feeling very sad.
When you have the strong feeling to hurt or shout at someone for the way they’ve behaved, chances are that you’re angry at them.
Joe’s mother was very angry and could be heard shouting at him because he didn’t do his homework.
When your mind is active and focused on one thing, you’re busy with that activity and cannot pay attention to anything else. This word is often used in the workplace.
I cannot meet you tonight, as I’m busy with office work.
When you feel that you have nothing to do and that nothing around you is interesting, you’re feeling bored.
She stayed at home during the weekend and became very bored, as she had nothing to do.
When you’re moderately (somewhat) angry at someone, chances are that you’re annoyed with them. You think that they’re a bother to you and you feel somewhat disturbed by them.
She was very annoyed that he kept making jokes the whole time and didn’t take her seriously.
When you feel happy about something or you’re glad because of the way someone has behaved, you’re pleased. You’re satisfied and you feel content.
The boss was so pleased with the new employee’s work that he promoted her.
Excitement is that feeling you get when you know something good is going to happen and you can’t wait for it. When you’re looking forward to something, you often feel excited about it.
I was excited to see my brother after five years.
When you’re alone and feel sad about being alone or when you have no one to talk to, the emotion that you’re feeling is loneliness. Remember, you don’t need to always be physically alone to feel lonely.
Reya didn’t know anyone at the party so she was feeling very lonely.
You know that feeling when you’ve had a really long day at work and you just can’t wait to go home and rest? Or, you feel so exhausted that you can barely move your body, and you just want to close your eyes and fall asleep? Yes, that’s called feeling tired.
I was very tired after doing all those new exercises at the gym.
As stated earlier, adverbs are used to describe verbs or adjectives. These adverbs are commonly used in everyday conversations.
When something happens every time or all the time, the word we use is always.
The sun always rises in the east.
When you pay attention to your actions and you’re very alert or aware of your surroundings, you’re being careful.
She told the maid to wash the dishes carefully, as they were made of glass.
If something is very easy to perceive (see/smell/hear/touch/taste) or understand, it’s clear. It isn’t something complex, complicated or hidden.
Once the rain stopped, I could clearly see the mountain range from my window.
If something happens on a more or less regular basis, we say that it happens often.
I often see her sitting in the cafe with a book.
When we use well as an adverb, we mean that something is or has been good or satisfactory.
Sheila’s job has been going well and she’s making a lot of money.
We use this adverb when we’re referring to something that usually happens. It’s also used to refer to most people or things.
Generally, it’s faster to reach the city if you take the train.
This adverb is used to refer to something that’s true or to put emphasis on something.
They didn’t believe her, but she really didn’t commit the crime.
When we’re referring to something that doesn’t happen often or always but still takes place from time to time, we use the word sometimes.
Sometimes, I go to the library after lunch if I’m free.
If you’re talking about something and you’re absolutely sure about it or you feel very confident about it, you use the adverb certainly.
I will certainly meet you next week for the interview.
When something has happened, you use the word already.
I already finished my homework.
When you’re learning a language, try to take things slow.
Practice making simple sentences with only a few words. In time, you’ll gain more confidence and be able to frame more complex thoughts.
Keep revising (reviewing) the basics as often as you can, even when you move on to newer and more difficult things.
And above all, don’t give up when you make mistakes or get stuck. That’s a crucial part of our learning experience, and without it, we’d make very little progress. Stay optimistic and be dedicated, and you’ll be fluent in English in no time!
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