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 though—you 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
- Advanced English Vocabulary
- English Slang
- More Fun English Vocabulary
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
Important specific words
Easily confused words
Time, day and months vocab
Friends, Family and home
Romance and love vocabulary
Travel and survival English
Food, drink and eating out
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:
Difficult English words
Business and professional English
Word Parts and Components
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!
Regional English Slang
New Zealand English
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
Miscellaneous fun English vocabulary
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.