100 Most Common Words in English – Pronunciation Lesson

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How to Learn English Vocabulary and Pronunciation

Did you know, according to Oxford, there are over 171,000 words in use in the English language? That doesn’t even count all the old-style English words that we don’t use anymore, like “thou” or “erstwhile.” In fact, if you really want to be knowledgeable about English history and read some classic old English texts, you’ll have to learn those too!

So, you ONLY have to learn 211,000+ words…

That is a lot! In fact, this is why a lot of language learners feel overwhelmed. With so many hundreds of thousands of words to learn, where do you start?

Most English language classes and textbooks tell you to start learning words by categories like colors, animals and foods. But these are not the most useful words! You need to know the most frequently used words because you will actually need to use them a lot in speaking and writing!

Start with the words you will use the most — the 100 most common words in English.


Review the Correct Pronunciation of Common Words

If you want to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, start with the words you use most often. It doesn’t really matter if you can not say difficult words, for example “squirrel,” because you don’t talk about squirrels (a rodent animal common in the United States) on a daily basis! It is not common. Of course eventually you may want to perfect your pronunciation of words like this, but let’s be honest – it is more useful to concentrate on words that you are going to use every day.

Again, with so many words to learn in English and so many different pronunciation rules, where do you begin?

*If you really do want to work on your pronunciation of words like “squirrel,” then click here to watch this lesson on the R vs. L sounds and how to pronounce them like a native English speaker!


Learn the 100 Most Common Words in English First

In this video lesson you will learn how to clearly and correctly pronounce each of 100 most frequently used words in the English language — in an awesome American accent, of course.

Imagine yourself with a perfect American English accent. I will lead you through each word twice and you have time to practice and repeat along with me.

The words may seem a bit basic, but even advanced English learners can benefit from watching this lesson! Pay attention to the vowel sounds in each word, because this is the most difficult part even for advanced level learners. Ok, let’s go!




1 the
2 be
3 to
4 of
5 and
6 a
7 in
8 that
9 have
10 I
11 it
12 for
13 not
14 on
15 with
16 he
17 as
18 you
19 do
20 at
21 this
22 but
23 his
24 by
25 from
26 they
27 we
28 say
29 her
30 she
31 or
32 an
33 will
34 my
35 one
36 all
37 would
38 there
39 their
40 what
41 so
42 up
43 out
44 if
45 about
46 who
47 get
48 which
49 go
50 me
51 when
52 make
53 can
54 like
55 time
56 no
57 just
58 him
59 know
60 take
61 people
62 into
63 year
64 your
65 good
66 some
67 could
68 them
69 see
70 other
71 than
72 then
73 now
74 look
75 only
76 come
77 its
78 over
79 think
80 also
81 back
82 after
83 use
84 two
85 how
86 our
87 work
88 first
89 well
90 way
91 even
92 new
93 want
94 because
95 any
96 these
97 give
98 day
99 most
100 us

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