100 Common Words In English With Meanings (English Words For Everyday Life/Conversation)

Lesson summary

In this English lesson you will learn 100 common words in English (with meanings and examples). Use these English words for everyday life and conversation.

Video transcript

Hi everyone! I’m Shane. Get out your notebooks because today you are going to learn 100 common English words that you can use in your everyday life and in everyday conversations. For each word I will show you the pronunciation, the meaning and an example sentence. So if you’re ready, let’s look at word number one.

 

Word #201

The first word. High. Look at this person right here. He is very high. High. High means being a large distance from the top to the bottom of something or a large distance above the ground. For example, a high mountain.

 

Word #202

The next word is ‘every’. Look at this picture. Do you think all of these people are happy? Yes they are. So we can say ‘Every person in this picture is happy.’ Every means all. Not some. Not a few. Not a lot. Not many. We use this word when we’re talking about all.

 

Word #203

The next word is ‘near’. Do you think this bee is close to me? Yes he is. The bee is near me. Near means very close. Near means not far. Now look. Look at the bee. Is the bee close to me? No. So that means now the bee is not near me.

 

Word #204

The next word is ‘add’. I have one banana here and two bananas here. If I add the bananas together, now I have three bananas. Add means if you take two or more things or numbers and you put them together to get a total.

 

Word #205

The next word is ‘food’. Look at all this delicious food right here. Which food would you eat first? Food means something that we eat to keep us alive. It can be fruit, vegetables, meat. It can be anything but it has to be something that we eat.

 

Word #206

The next word is ‘between’. I have a lamp on my left. I have books on my right. I am between the lamp and the books. Between means in the space that separates two things. There is space between the books and the lamp and I am in that space. I am between the lamp and the books.

 

Word #207

The next word is ‘own’. Look at this phone right here. Whose phone is it? It’s my phone. So I can say ‘I own this phone.’ Own means to have something. Own can also mean belonging to a specific person or thing. For example, ‘I have a phone of my own.’

 

Word #208

The next word is ‘below’. Hey! Are you there? Can you see me? No you can’t see me because I am below the table. Below means in a position lower than or under. So just before, I was below the table. I was under the table.

 

Word #209

The next word is ‘country’. Australia. Canada. France. England. What are all of these things? They are countries. Australia is a country. England is a country. A country is an area of land which has its own government and army. What’s your country? Comment down below!

 

Word #210

The next word is ‘plant’. Can you see me? Can you see me? No you can’t see me because I am behind a plant. A plant is a living thing which normally grows in the earth and has a stem, leaves and roots. Plant can also be used as a verb. It means to put a plant in the ground. For example, this person here. It looks like he is about to plant a tree.

 

Word #211

The next word is ‘last’. Last. Did you see what just happened there? The students came in first and then I came in. I came in last. Last means after everything else.

 

Word #212

The next word is ‘school’. What is this place here? It’s a school. What do people do here? They learn. So a school is a place where people go to learn. For example, ‘The kids love going to school.’ Now let’s pretend I have a dog and I need to teach that dog something. I can say ‘I need to school my dog.’ School can also be used as a verb and it means to train something or someone to do something.

 

Word #213

The next word is ‘father’. A father is a male parent. For example, the man in this photo is the child’s father.

 

Word #214

The next word is ‘keep’. Keep has many meanings but let’s talk about the main ones. Let’s pretend your friend lets you use a book on Monday. Now today is Thursday and your friend wants the book back today but you haven’t finished reading it. On Thursday you can say ‘Can I keep the book for a few more days?’ Keep means to continue to have something. So I got the book on Monday. Now it’s Thursday and I want to continue to have it. Your friend says ‘Yes you can keep the book until Sunday.’ Now when Saturday comes around, your friend says to you ‘Give the book back tomorrow’ and he doesn’t just say it one time. He says it ten times. You can say ‘He keeps telling me to give the book back.’ ‘Keep’ in this sentence means when you do something repeatedly. You do something again and again and again and again,

 

Word #215

Can you see me? No I can’t see you either. That’s because I am behind a tree. The next word is ‘tree’. A tree is a very tall plant with a trunk, which has branches which grow out of the upper part. For example, ‘That’s a very big tree.’

 

Word #216

The next word is ‘never’. Look at this. Would you ever do this or do you think it’s too scary? For me, I think it’s too scary so I would say ‘I would never go bungee jumping.’ ‘Never’ means not at any time or occasion. So if I would never go bungee jumping, that means I would not do it at any time.

 

Word #217

The next word is ‘start’. Look at this person here. Is he working? No he isn’t. What about this person? Is he working? Yes he is. What time does he start work? He starts work at 10am. ‘Start’ means when you begin doing something. He begins his work at 10am.

 

Word #218

The next word is ‘city’. Would you go to this city? A city is a large town normally with lots of buildings, roads and people.

 

Word #219

The next word is ‘earth’. This is earth. Earth is the planet that we are on right now. For example, What is your favourite place on earth?

 

Word #220

The next word is ‘eye’. Hey! What are you looking at? Is there something wrong with my eye? An eye is this thing right here. It’s the thing that allows us to see.

 

Word #221

The next word is ‘light’. What I have in my hand right here is a light. A light makes light and it allows us to see when it’s dark. Hey! Who turned out the lights!? Oh okay. That’s better. Now I can see. Okay this light here is not heavy. So we can say ‘It’s light’. This light is light. Light can also mean not heavy. And finally, light can also be used as a verb which means to make something burn. For example, ‘Can you light the candle?’

 

Word #222

I just had a thought. Do you know what I thought? I thought that English is an easy language. The next word is ‘thought’. ‘Thought’ can be used as a noun to mean something that you think. ‘Thought’ can also be used as a verb and it’s the past tense verb of the word ‘think’.

 

Word #223

The next word is ‘head’. This is your head. For example, ‘Is there something on your head?’ No there’s nothing on my head. Is there?

 

Word #224

The next word is ‘under’. Oh! Hey can you see that guys? There’s a bird up there. So I can say ‘I am under the bird.’ ‘Under’ means at a position that is lower than something else. I am under the bird.

 

Word #225

The next word is ‘story’. Look at this woman over here. What is she doing? She is telling the children a story. A story is a description of something that happened. It can be something that really happened, something that’s true or it can be something that didn’t happen. It’s something that the person just made up.

 

Word #226

The next word is ‘saw’. Wow! Did you see that? I just saw a chicken. The word ‘saw’ is the past tense form of the verb ‘see’. ‘See’ is the present tense, verb 1 and ‘saw’ is the past tense, verb 2.

 

Word #227

The next word is ‘left’. ‘Left’ is the opposite of right. Left. Right. Left. Right. For example, ‘Turn left at the traffic lights.’ ‘Left’ can also be used as a verb which is the past tense form of the verb ‘leave’. For example, ‘What time did you leave this morning?’ I left my house at 9am.

 

Word #228

The next word is ‘don’t’. ‘Don’t’ means do not. For example, ‘I really don’t like hot weather.’

 

Word #229

The next word is ‘few’. I have a few bananas. I have a few bananas. ‘A few’ means a small amount. Normally when we say ‘a few’, it normally means about three. But sometimes it can be less and sometimes it can be more.

 

Word #230

The next word is ‘while’. This person here, he is reading. He is also waiting to see his doctor. We can say, ‘He is reading while he is waiting to see his doctor.’ ‘While’ can mean at the same time. So he is reading and he is waiting at the same time.

 

Word #231

The next word is ‘along’. This man here is walking along the road. ‘Along’ means from one part of a road, a river or something like that to another part. So this man here, he is on one part of the road and he is moving to another part.

 

Word #232

The next word is ‘might’. Right now, it’s 1:30 in the afternoon. I might edit this video today but I’m not sure. ‘Might’ means something will possibly happen. It’s possible to happen but we’re still not sure if it will happen.

 

Word #233

The next word is ‘close’. ‘Close’ means to make something not open. For example, ‘Do you close the door when you’re at home?’ This word can also be pronounced as ‘close’. When we pronounce the word as ‘close’, it means not far. For example, ‘These bananas and these books are very close to me.’ Why? Because I can touch them and they’re not far.

 

Word #234

The next word is ‘something’. There’s something over there. We use the word ‘something’ to talk about a thing when we’re not sure about the name of that thing. So this thing here, I’m not sure what it’s called so I said ‘There’s something over there.’

 

Word #235

The next word is ‘seem’. Look at this student. This student seems nice. ‘Seem’ means to appear to be true. To look like something is true but you’re not 100% sure if that thing is true.

 

Word #236

The next word is ‘next’. Can the next student come in please? ‘Next’ means the thing that follows something else. The thing that comes after something.

 

Word #237

The next word is ‘hard’. Look what this student has to say. Many students say that English is hard. ‘Hard’ means difficult. ‘Hard’ means not easy. ‘Hard’ can also mean not soft. For example, this table here is not soft. It’s very hard.

 

Word #238

The next word is ‘open’. For example, this door here is open. If something is open, it’s not closed. ‘Open’ can also be used as a command to tell someone to open something. For example, if I say ‘Open the door’, that means I want you to open the door.

 

Word #239

The next word is ‘example’. In this video, I have given you many examples of how to use these words. An example is something that shows how to do something or the correct way to do or use something.

 

Word #240

The next word is ‘begin’. This man here, he likes to begin his day by eating breakfast. ‘Begin’ means to start.

 

Word #241

The next word is ‘life’. Do you think that there are more people out here? Do you think there is more life out here? ‘Life’ means living things and their activities.

 

Word #242

The next word is ‘always’. Fred walks to work. Fred walks to work every day. We can say ‘Fred always walks to work.’ ‘Always’ can mean every time or at all times.

 

Word #243

The next word is ‘those’. ‘Those’ is the plural form of the word ‘that’. For example, four cars. I can say ‘Those four cars are blue.’ We use ‘that’ with one thing and ‘those’ with more than one.

 

Word #244

The next word is ‘both’. These two people, they are my friends. They are both my friends. We use the word ‘both’ when we are talking about two things. There are two people here. They are both my friends.

 

Word #245

The next word is ‘paper’. This thing over here is a piece of paper. For example, ‘Do you have any paper?’

 

Word #246

The next word is ‘together’. These two people, they are walking. They are walking together. ‘Together’ means with each other.

 

Word #247

The next word is ‘got’. ‘Got’ is the past tense form of the verb ‘get’. For example, ‘He got a new phone for his birthday.’

 

Word #248

The next word is ‘group’. When I went to university, I had some friends. These friends and I, we always did things together. I can say I had a group of friends. ‘Group’ means two or more people or things which are connected or do things together.

 

Word #249

The next word is ‘often’ or it can be pronounced ‘often’. Both are correct. Now, I go to the gym five days a week. I can say ‘I go to the gym often.’ ‘Often’ means many times or something you do regularly. Something that happens all the time.

 

Word #250

The next word is ‘run’. This person here loves to run. ‘Run’ means to move at a speed that is faster than walking.

 

Word #251

The next word is ‘important’. Let’s pretend I have a piece of paper and I have a phone. The phone is important to me. The piece of paper is not important to me. ‘Important’ means something that is valuable or useful. The word ‘important’ can be used to talk about people or things.

 

Word #252

The next word is ‘until’. You are watching this video right now and I want you to keep watching so you can learn every word in this video. I want you to watch until the end of the video. ‘Until’ means continuing to happen before a certain time and then stopping when that time comes. So when the time comes that the video finishes, then you can stop watching. Keep watching until the end.

 

Word #253

The next word is ‘children’. This man here, he has one child. Now he has two children. ‘Children’ is the plural for the word ‘child’. One child. Two children.

 

Word #254

The next word is ‘side’. This is my right side. This is my left side. ‘Side’ means one of the two parts if you divide something down the middle. So if you drew a line down the middle, this is one side. This is the other side.

 

Word #255

The next word is ‘feet’. This is one foot. This is two feet. ‘Feet’ is the plural for the word ‘foot’. So if you’re talking about one foot, you say ‘foot’. If you’re talking about two or more feet, you say ‘feet’. For example, ‘Everyone has two feet.’

 

Word #256

The next word is ‘car’. This here is a car. What’s your favourite type of car? Comment down below!

 

Word #257

The next word is ‘mile’. Every morning, this person here, he starts here and he finishes here. He runs a mile. A mile is a unit of measuring distance. A mile is 1,609 metres.

 

Word #258

The next word is ‘night’. Look out the window. It’s very dark and many people are sleeping now. ‘Night’ means the time in every 24 hours when it’s dark and most people are normally sleeping. For example, ‘He loves going to the gym at night because it’s very quiet.’

 

Word #259

The next word is ‘walk’. Look at this person here. She likes to walk. It’s her favourite activity. ‘Walk’ means to move forward by putting one foot in front of the other foot. Again and again and again.

 

Word #260

The next word is ‘white’. White is the colour that you see on the screen right now.

 

Word #261

The next word is ‘sea’. Sea with an A. This is a sea. A sea is a large body of salt water. For example, ‘Have you ever been to the Red Sea?’

 

Word #262

The next word is ‘began’. ‘Began’ is the past tense form of the verb ‘begin’. ‘Begin’ means to start. For example, ‘He began learning English when he was five years old.’

 

Word #263

The next word is ‘grow’. Trees normally start like this and they finish like this. For example, ‘Trees grow very slowly.’ ‘Grow’ means to develop or to get bigger or longer over time.

 

Word #264

The next word is ‘took’. Did you see that? The man took the money. ‘Took’ is the past tense form of the verb ‘take’. ‘Take’ can mean to remove something without permission. ‘Take’ can also mean when you bring something with you. For example, ‘I went to the park yesterday and I took a bottle of water.’

 

Word #265

The next word is ‘river’. This here is a river. A river is a long body of water which normally connects to a sea or an ocean. For example, ‘The longest river in the world is the Amazon River.’

 

Word #266

The next word is ‘four’. Four is the number after three and before five. For example, ‘There are four apples.’

 

Word #267

The next word is ‘carry’. This girl here, she likes to carry shopping bags when she goes shopping. ‘Carry’ means to hold something with your hands or sometimes when you put it on your back and to move it from one place to another place.

 

Word #268

The next word is ‘state’. At the moment, the world has a lot of problems because of a virus. We can say ‘The world is in a bad state.’ ‘State’ means the condition or quality of something. ‘State’ can also be used to talk about the parts of a country. For example, The United States of America has 50 states. ‘State’ can also be used as a formal word which means ‘say’. For example, ‘He will state that he loves learning English.’

 

Word #269

The next word is ‘once’. I have been to China one time in the past. So I can say ‘I have been to China once.’ ‘Once’ means one time.

 

Word #270

The next word is ‘book’. This is a book. What’s your favourite book? Comment down below.

 

Word #271

The next word is ‘hear’. Do you hear that? Oh! It’s a police car. I wonder where it’s going. ‘Hear’ means to be aware of sound through your ears.

 

Word #272

Stop! We have learned about 72 words so let’s stop and take a little break. Okay, we can keep learning now. ‘Stop’ means to not continue something that you were doing or to not move. So just before, we were learning and then we stopped because we did not continue what we were doing for about 5 seconds. Now we are learning again and we have started that thing again.

 

Word #273

The next word is ‘without’. I know your English is very good. I know that you speak English without any problems. ‘Without’ means not having. So if you do something without any problems, that means you do that thing and you do not have any problems with that thing.

 

Word #274

The next word is ‘second’. The first word in this video was ‘high’. The second word was ‘every’. ‘Second’ means the thing which comes after the first thing. Now ‘second’ also has a second meaning. ‘Second’ can mean one part out of the 60 parts of a minute.

 

Word #275

The next word is ‘later’. Right now I am filming a YouTube video. After I finish filming, I have to edit the video. I can say ‘Later I have to edit the video.’ ‘Later’ means at some time after something. Maybe 10 minutes. Maybe an hour. Maybe two days. At some time after that thing.

 

Word #276

The next word is ‘miss’. I haven’t seen my parents for six months. I feel sad because I haven’t seen them for so long. I can say ‘I miss my parents.’ ‘Miss’ means when you feel sad because you haven’t seen something or someone for normally a long time. Let’s pretend I had to catch a flight at 5pm to go and see my parents. But I got to the airport at 5:30pm. I missed my flight. ‘Miss’ can also mean when you don’t go to something or when you get to something late. Now when I was at the airport, I met this girl. Her name is Miss Russell. Miss Russell. ‘Miss’ can also be used as a title for a young girl who’s not married.

 

Word #277

The next word is ‘idea’. What do you think about this idea? Is it a good idea? An idea is a suggestion or a thought about something.

 

Word #278

The next word is ‘enough’. Wow! Look at all that money! That’s a lot of money but it’s still not enough. I want more. ‘Enough’ means as much as is necessary. So if I say ‘There’s not enough’, that means there is not as much as is necessary. There is not as much as we need. We need more. But if I say ‘There is enough money’, that means we don’t need more.

 

Word #279

The next word is ‘eat’. Wow! Look at all that food. It looks delicious! I would love to eat it all. ‘Eat’ means to put food in your mouth, chew it and swallow it.

 

Word #280

The next word is ‘face’. What you can see right here is my face. A face is the front part of someone’s head which contains your eyes, your nose and your mouth. For example, ‘She has a very pretty face.’

 

Word #281

The next word is ‘watch’. The word ‘watch’ has two main meanings. This is the first meaning. A watch is something that tells you what time it is. Now sometimes I go to the cinema. Why do I go to the cinema? I go to watch a movie. ‘Watch’ means to look at something normally for a long period of time.

 

Word #282

The next word is ‘far’. Look at the earth. Let’s pretend one person is here and another person is here. We can say ‘These people are very far from each other.’ ‘Far’ means at a very large distance. They are not close. They are not close together.

 

Word #283

The next word is ‘Indian’. Look at this building here. This building is in India, the country. So we can say ‘This building is Indian.’ Indian means something that is in India or something that was made in India.

 

Word #284

The next word is ‘really’. I like making English lessons. No. That’s not strong enough. I want to make it stronger. I can say ‘I really like making English lessons.’ ‘Really’ means very. So if you really like something, that means you like it a lot.

 

Word #285

The next word is ‘almost’. Look up here. There’s a bird. I can almost touch it but I can’t. I’m very close but I can’t touch it. so I can say ‘I can almost touch the bird.’ ‘Almost’ means very close so if something almost happens that means it didn’t happen but it was very close to happening.

 

Word #286

The next word is ‘let’. For example, I have a student and he says to me, ‘Shane, can I go to the bathroom?’ I say ‘Yes you can.’ In this situation, we can say the teacher let the student go to the bathroom. ‘Let’ means when you allow someone to do something or when you allow something to happen.

 

Word #287

The next word is ‘above’. Look at my phone and now look at the book. Which one is higher? My phone’s higher, right? So we can say ‘The phone is above the book.’ ‘Above’ means higher than. So just before, my phone was higher than the book.

 

Word #288

The next word is ‘girl’. Wow! Did you see her? She was very pretty. A girl is a young woman or a female child. For example, ‘There’s a girl who works at the library.’

 

Word #289

The next word is ‘sometimes’. Do you watch my YouTube videos every day? Probably not. Do you watch my YouTube videos maybe once or twice a week? Yes probably. That means you watch my videos sometimes. ‘Sometimes’ means on some occasions but not often.

 

Word #290

The next word is ‘mountain’. This is a mountain. A mountain is a very high hill. For example, ‘Did you see that mountain over there?’

 

Word #291

The next word is ‘cut’. Look over here. The paper started in one piece but now it’s in two pieces so we can say the scissors cut the paper. ‘Cut’ means when you use a knife or another sharp object to divide something, to put a hole in something or to remove part of something.

 

Word #292

The next word is ‘young’. This person has lived for a long time. This person has not lived for a long time. This person is very young. ‘Young’ means something or someone that has not existed for a long time.

 

Word #293

The next word is ‘talk’. These two people here, they say something to each other every week. We can say ‘They talk to each other every week.’ ‘Talk’ can also be used as a noun. For example, ‘They are having a talk.’

 

Word #294

The next word is ‘soon’. For example, ‘This video will finish very soon.’ ‘Soon’ means after a short period of time.

 

Word #295

The next word is ‘list’. You can learn English by speaking, reading, writing or listening. That there is a list. A list is a series of things which are normally written one on top of the other. So that list over there is a list of the different ways that you can learn English. List can also be used as verb. For example, ‘List the best ways to learn English.’

 

Word #296

The next word is ‘song’. Have you heard her new song? A song normally means a piece of music which has singing and different instruments.

 

Word #297

The next word is ‘being’. ‘Being’ is the present participle for the word ‘be’. We normally use ‘being’ when we’re talking about something that is existing right now. For example, look at this child. We can say ‘This child is being naughty.’ That thing is existing now.

 

Word #298

The next word is ‘leave’. ‘Leave’ means to go away from something or someone. For example, ‘I am going to leave right now.’

 

Word #299

The next word is ‘family’. There’s a man. He met a woman. They fell in love. They had a baby. Now they are a family. A family is a group of people who are related to each other. For example, a mother, a father and a child.

 

Word #300

The next word is ‘it’s’. ‘It’s’ is a contraction which means it is. For example, ‘It’s great that you watched the whole video.’ Now I have a challenge for you. You have learned 100 words today. Now I want you to write a short story in the comments below and I want you to use five of the words that you learned today. I can’t wait to read your story and I will see you in the next lesson.

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