English Vocabulary Lists


The vocabulary words in the list below were created by extracting words from dialogs totaling more than 250,000 words. The only words to make it into the top 2,000 words were those that were present in 1) The British National Corpus top 3,000 words, 2) The Corpus of Contemporary American English top 5,000 words, and 3) The 3,000 most frequently spoken words from Longman Communication.


The remaining lists below are broken down by type of words. All the words in the following lists are in the list of 2000 words. The sum is greater than 2,000 because many words can be both a noun and a verb.

Finally, before you start studying vocabulary, keep in mind that you will need to learn a lot more than 2,000 words.  However, studying the right 2,000 words in the proper depth will help you to become fluent in English much faster.