Languages › English as a Second Language The 50 Most Commonly Used Words in the English Language Nouns, verbs, prepositions, and adjectives make this list Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source / Getty Images Languages Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 24, 2019 If you're an English learner, knowing which words are most commonly used in the language can help you to improve your vocabulary skills and gain confidence in casual conversations. Don't count on these words to help you become fluent in English, but do use them as a resource to help you build your skills as you grow more comfortable with the English language. Top Vocabulary Words All Everyone in a group.All the children did their homework. And A conjunction that joins parts of speech together in a sentence.She jumped, jogged, and danced in gym class. Boy A male child.The little boy asked his mother if she would buy him candy. Book A long text of words that people read.The college student had to read a 500-page book for English class. Call To yell out or speak loudly; to contact someone by phone. The girl called out to her brother so he would wait for her. Car A four-wheeled vehicle that transports people from one place to another.He drove the car from school to work. Chair A piece of furniture that can hold one person.My mother is the only one allowed to sit in the big chair in the living room. Children Young people who have not yet reached adulthood.The children didn't listen to what their parents told them. City A place where many people live.New York is the biggest city in the United States. Dog An animal that many people have as a household pet.My dog likes to play with bones. Door A passageway from which you can enter or exit a room or a building. The students rushed through the classroom door just before the bell rang. Enemy The opposite of a friend. A competitor or rival. The hero of the story killed his enemy with a sword. End To finish something or come to a conclusion.The end of the book was a happy one. Enough To have more than one needs of something. Most Americans have enough food to eat, but that's not true in other countries. Eat To consume food. The children liked to eat apples and bananas after school. Friend The opposite of an enemy. Someone on your side and with whom you enjoy spending time.The girl played with her friend in the yard until her mother told her to come inside. Father A male parent.The father picked up his child when she started crying. Go To travel to and from a location. We go to school every day. Good To behave well or in a kind manner.My mother said that if I'm good and don't hit my brother, she will take me to the movies. Girl A female child. The girl dropped her schoolbooks on the ground. Food An edible substance that people, animals, and plants eat to live.Starving people do not have enough food to eat and may die. Hear To listen to something. I could hear my brother and sister arguing from the other room. House A place where people, often families, live.My friend lives in the biggest house on the street. Inside The internal part of something or to be located within something. The inside of the house was warm and cozy. Laugh To express that you find something amusing. The children laughed after the clown made a joke. Listen To hear something. We listen to music because we like to dance. Man An adult male.The man was much taller than his son. Name The title of a place, book, person, etc. I never liked my name growing up. Never Not ever.I am never getting back together with my boyfriend. Next The thing that happens after something else in a sequence; to be situated by something else. Let's go to the next question. New Something just created or unused or unopened.My mother bought me a new doll for Christmas. It was still in the package. Noise Loud sounds, especially made by music or a group of people. There was so much noise at the party, the neighbors called the police. Often To happen frequently. My teacher gets mad because I often forget my homework. Pair Two things that go together. I like the new pair of shoes my sister bought me for my birthday. Pick To choose or select. I picked the cupcake with vanilla frosting. Play To have fun with someone or engage in an activity or sport. I like to play football with my brother. Room A part of a home, building, office or another structure. The room at the end of the hall is the coldest in the building. See To watch or observe something. I see clouds in the sky, which must mean it will rain soon. Sell To offer a service or a good for a price.I am going to sell my surfboard for $50 because it's time for a new one. Sit To rest on a floor, chair, or another surface. The teacher told the children to sit on the carpet. Speak To say something.I speak too loudly sometimes. Smile To grin or show pleasure.I smile when my brother tells jokes. Sister The opposite of brother. The female child in relation to other children of the same parents.My parents took my sister and me to the circus. Think To contemplate something or have an idea or belief. I think all pets should have a home. Then Something that comes after an event in a sequence. I opened the refrigerator. Then, I ate some food. Walk To travel on foot. I walk home from school every day. Water A substance plants, people, animals, and the earth need to survive.If animals don't have enough water to drink, they will die. Work To make a living, engage in an activity for pay, or to reach a goal. I work as a teacher because I like children. Write To put something on paper with a pen or pencil. To use a computer to type text.I have to write three essays in English class this semester. Woman A female adult.That woman was our new school principal. Yes To answer affirmatively or respond to one's name being called. "Yes, I'm here," the student said when the teacher called her name.