100 English Words For Everyday Life & Conversation | Most Common Words In English With Meanings

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In today’s lesson you will learn 100 beginner English words you can use for everyday life and conversation.

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Most English that you see and hear will use the same basic and common words. Knowing these words will help you to understand English easier and quicker because these are words that you will see and use in everyday life. That’s why in today’s English lesson I am going to show you 100 English words that you can use in everyday life.

 

These are the second hundred most common words in English. For each word, I will show the pronunciation, the meaning and an example sentence. So if you’re ready to improve your vocabulary and English speaking skills, let’s get started!

 

Word #101

The first word is ‘over’. ‘Over’ means above or higher than something. For example, ‘They climbed over the wall.’ ‘Over’ can also mean more than. For example, ‘He speaks over 10 languages.’

 

Word #102

The next word is ‘new’. ‘New’ is an adjective which means something that was made or created very recently. For example, ‘Have you seen his new car?’

 

Word #103

The next word is ‘sound’. ‘Sound’ is a noun which means something that you can hear or something that can be heard. For example, ‘Did you hear all the weird sounds last night?’ ‘Sound’ can also be used as a verb which means to make a noise. For example, ‘You sound like a native speaker.’ This means you make sounds like a native speaker.

 

Word #104

The next word is ‘take’. ‘Take’ is a verb which means to remove something from a place. For example, ‘He always takes cookies without asking.’ ‘Take’ can also mean to have or to accept. For example, ‘They don’t take credit cards here.’ This means you cannot use your credit card here.

 

Word #105

The next word is ‘only’. We use the word ‘only’ to show that something cannot be more than what we just said or what we just wrote. For example, ‘Only two people can go.’ This means not more than two people can go.

 

Word #106

The next word is ‘little’. ‘Little’ is an adjective which means small. For example, ‘They have a little dog.’ ‘Little’ can also mean young. For example, ‘When she was little, she had some really cute shoes.’

 

Word #107

The next word is ‘work’. ‘Work’ is an activity that someone does by using physical or mental effort to achieve something or to do something. Work is normally done for money. For example, ‘What kind of work do you do?’ ‘Work’ can also mean the place where you do your job or your work. For example, ‘Where is your work?’

 

Word #108

The next word is ‘know’. ‘Know’ means to have knowledge of something. To have information about something in your mind. For example, ‘I know how to speak English.’

 

Word #109

The next word is ‘place’. ‘Place’ is a position or an area such as a building or a town. For example, ‘Which places do you want to visit?’ The word ‘place’ can also be used as a noun to mean home. For example, ‘I really love your place.’ That means I really love your home. ‘Place’ can also be used as a verb which means to put something somewhere. For example, ‘Place the bottle here, please.’

 

Word #110

The next word is ‘year’. A year is how we measure time. One year has 365 days or 12 months and it normally starts on the 1st of January and finishes on the 31st of December. For example, ‘He worked there for two years.’

 

Word #111

The next word is ‘live’. The word ‘live’ is normally used as a verb and it means to be alive. For example, ‘I want to live until I’m 100 years old.’ ‘Live’ can also mean the place where your home is. For example, ‘I live in Australia.’

 

Word #112

The next word is ‘me’. The word ‘me’ is used as the object of a sentence to talk about the person who is speaking or the person who is writing. For example, ‘What did you say to me?’

 

Word #113

The next word is ‘back’. ‘Back’ is the opposite of the front of something. For example, what you see on the screen right now is a person’s back. ‘Back’ can also be used as an adverb which means to go towards a previous time or a previous place. For example, ‘What time did you get back home last night?’

 

Word #114

The next word is ‘give’. ‘Give’ means to offer something to someone or to something. For example, ‘What did she give you for your birthday?’

 

Word #115

The next word is ‘most’. ‘Most’ means almost all. For example, ‘Most people like eating ice cream.’ ‘Most’ can also be used to mean not more than anyone else. For example, ‘I want to give the most money to charity.’ This means I don’t want anyone else to give more money than me.

 

Word #116

The next word is ‘very’. ‘Very’ means extremely or to a high degree. We use the word ‘very’ to add emphasis or to make something stronger. For example, ‘I am very tired.’ ‘I am tired’ is here and ‘I am very tired’ is up here.

 

Word #117

The next word is ‘after’. ‘After’ means following something or at a later date or time in the future. For example, ‘What do you want to do after dinner?’ This means dinner is here. Following dinner is here. So what do you want to do here?

 

Word #118

The next word is ‘thing’. ‘Thing’ means object. We use the word ‘thing’ when we don’t want to say the name of the object we are talking about. For example, ‘What is that thing?’

 

Word #119

The next word is ‘our’ or ‘our’. We use this word to show that something belongs to us. We. We own something. For example, ‘It’s our house.’

 

Word #120

The next word is ‘just’. ‘Just’ has many meanings. One of the main meanings of ‘just’ means very soon or very recently. For example, ‘I just got to work when the phone rang.’ This means very soon after I got to work, the phone rang. The second main meaning of ‘just’ is almost or almost not. For example, ‘I just got there in time.’ This means I almost didn’t get there in time. The third main meaning of ‘just’ is only. For example, ‘I was just joking.’ This means I was only joking. I wasn’t doing anything more than joking and I wasn’t doing anything less than joking. I was only joking.

 

Word #121

The next word is ‘name’. The word ‘name’ is a noun which means the word or the words that we use to call something or someone. For example, ‘My name is Shane.’ ‘Name’ can also be used as a verb to mean to give someone or something a word to call them. For example, ‘They want to name their daughter Jenny.’

 

Word #122

The next word is ‘good’. I think everyone knows the meaning of the word ‘good’ but we can use the word ‘good’ to talk about something that is satisfactory or enjoyable. For example, ‘Do you know any good restaurants?’

 

Word #123

The next word is ‘sentence’. The word ‘sentence’ means a group of words which normally has a subject, a verb and an object. For example, ‘I think you need to write that sentence again.’

 

Word #124

The next word is ‘man’. A man is an adult male which is what you see on the screen right now. A man is the opposite of a woman. For example, ‘Did you see the man in the suit?’

 

Word #125

The next word is ‘think’. The word ‘think’ is a verb which means to have an idea or an opinion about something or someone. For example, ‘What did you think about the movie?’

 

Word #126

The next word is ‘say’. The word ‘say’ means to produce words or sounds from the mouth. For example, ‘What did you say?’ But please note that we say ‘They say’. We say. I say. But we say ‘He says’. She says.

 

Word #127

The next word is ‘great’. ‘Great’ means very good. For example, ‘English Understood is a great YouTube channel.’

 

Word #128

The next word is ‘where’. The word ‘where’ is a question word that we can use to ask about the location of a place. For example, ‘Where is the restaurant?’ The word ‘where’ can also be used to give more information about a place. For example, ‘Have you been to that restaurant where they serve that really good chocolate cake?

 

Word #129

The next word is ‘help’. ‘Help’ means to make something easier for someone to do. For example, ‘How can I help you?’

 

Word #130

The next word is ‘through’. ‘Through’ is a preposition which means in and then out of. From one side to the other side. For example, ‘I went through the tunnel last night.’

 

Word #131

The next word is ‘much’. ‘Much’ means many or a large amount. For example ‘She spends too much money on shopping.’ ‘Much’ can also be used to ask about the amount or the quantity of something. For example, ‘How much money do you make every year?’

 

Word #132

The next word is ‘before’. ‘Before’ means at a time earlier than the time you talked about. For example, ‘What do you do before work?’

 

Word #133

The next word is ‘line’. The word ‘line’ means a long thin mark on something. For example, ‘The lines on the road are white.’ A line can also mean what you see on the screen right now. A group of people standing behind each other who are waiting for something.

 

Word #134

The next word is ‘right’. The word ‘right’ has two main meanings. The first meaning is an adjective which means correct. For example, ‘You got the answer right.’ This means you got the answer correct.

 

Word #135

The second main meaning is the opposite of left. For example, ‘Go straight and then turn right.’ The next word is ‘too’. The word ‘too’ means more than is needed or more than is wanted. For example, ‘You ordered too many cakes.’

 

Word #136

The next word is ‘mean’. The word ‘mean’ is used to show something as an idea or as a sentence. For example, ‘What does this word mean?’ ‘Mean’ can also be used to describe someone who is not nice. Someone who is very unkind. For example, ‘Jenny is very mean.’

 

Word #137

The next word is ‘old’. ‘Old’ means something that has lived or existed for a very long time. For example, ‘She is an old woman.’

 

Word #138

The next word is ‘any’. ‘Any’ means some. ‘Any’ means a number which we do not know which is more than zero. For example, ‘Does he have any apples?’ This means I am not asking how many apples he has. I am just asking ‘Does he have one or more than one apple?’ Please note that we normally use ‘any’ in questions. For example, ‘Does he have any apples’ and in negative sentences, when we want to say ‘no’. For example, ‘He doesn’t have any apples.’

 

Word #139

The next word is ‘same’. The word ‘same’ means not different. The word ‘same’ means similar. For example, ‘The boys look the same.’

 

Word #140

The next word is ‘tell’. ‘Tell’ means to say something to someone. We use the word ‘tell’ when one person says something to another person. For example, ‘What did you tell him?’

 

Word #141

The next word is ‘boy’. ‘Boy’ means a male child. For example, ‘Do you know how many boys he has?’

 

Word #142

The next word is ‘follow’. ‘Follow’ is normally used as a verb which means to go in the same direction as someone or to travel behind someone. For example, ‘Follow me down to the petrol station.’

 

Word #143

The next word is ‘came’. ‘Came’ is the past tense verb of the word ‘come’. ‘Come’ means to move from a position towards the speaker. For example, ‘He came over last night.’

 

Word #144

The next word is ‘want’. ‘Want’ means to wish for or to desire something. For example, ‘He wants to buy a new car.’

 

Word #145

The next word is ‘show’. ‘Show’ means to make it possible for something to be seen. For example, ‘Show me your new phone.’

 

Word #146

The next word is ‘also’. ‘Also’ means in addition to or ‘too’. T double O. For example, ‘I have a dog and I also have a cat.’

 

Word #147

The next word is ‘around’. ‘Around’ means on every side of something or surrounding something. For example, ‘There are mountains all around us.’ ‘Around’ can also mean about or approximately. For example, ‘I have around five pairs of shoes.’

 

Word #148

The next word is ‘form’. ‘Form’ is normally a noun which means a piece of paper with blank spaces where you can give information to questions. For example, ‘The insurance form has a lot of questions.’

 

Word #149

The next word is ‘three’. The word ‘three’ is the number before four and after two. For example, ‘I can speak three languages.’

 

Word #150

The next word is ‘small’. The word ‘small’ means little in size when you compare that thing to something that is normal for that thing. For example, ‘They are small bananas.’

 

Word #151

The next word is ‘set’. ‘Set’ can be used as a verb which means to put something somewhere. For example, ‘He set the cutlery on the table.’ ‘Set’ can also be used to mean a group of things which belong together. For example, ‘I want to get that furniture set.’

 

Word #152

The next word is ‘put’. The word ‘put’ means to move something into a specific place or location. For example, ‘Where did you put your keys?’

 

Word #153

The next word is ‘end’. The word ‘end’ means the last part of something or something that is furthest from the center. For example, ‘We are at the end of the queue.’

 

Word #154

The next word is ‘does’. ‘Does’ is the he/she/it form of the verb ‘do’. We normally use ‘does’ with singular subjects except for ‘I’ and ‘you’. For example, ‘All he does is play computer games all day.’

 

Word #155

The next word is ‘another’. The word ‘another’ means one more person or one more thing. We use the word ‘another’ when we already have something and then we want one more. For example, ‘Can I have another piece of cake?’ This means I have already eaten one or more than one piece of cake. Now I want one more. I want another piece of cake.

 

Word #156

The next word is ‘well’. ‘Well’ is an adverb which means in a good way. We use the word ‘way’ when we want to describe how someone or something does something. For example, ‘He speaks English really well.’

 

Word #157

The next word is ‘large’. The word ‘large’ means big. For example, ‘They have a large house.’

 

Word #158

The next word is ‘must’. We use the word ‘must’ to show that something is necessary or very important. For example, ‘You must show your passport at the airport.’ This means it is necessary for you to show your passport at the airport. It must be done. There is no choice.

 

Word #159

The next word is ‘big’. ‘Big’ is the opposite of small. ‘Big’ means large. ‘Big’ means of considerable size. For example, ‘He has big muscles.’

 

Word #160

The next word is ‘even’. ‘Even’ has many meanings. One of the main meanings of ‘even’ is to show that something can be divided in two. For example, ‘Ten is an even number.’ This is because we can take ten and put it into two groups. The second main meaning of ‘even’ is to show that something is surprising to us or unusual. For example, ‘They haven’t even been to New York.’ We use ‘even’ to show that we are surprised that they haven’t been to New York. We think it’s very unusual.

 

Word #161

The next word is ‘such’. We use the word ‘such’ before an adjective to make it stronger, to give it more emphasis. For example, ‘He is such a nice person.’ ‘He is a nice person’ is here and ‘He is such a nice person’ is up here.

 

Word #162

The next word is ‘because’. ‘Because’ means for the reason that. We use the word ‘because’ to show a reason for something. For example, ‘I went there because of the food.’ Why did I go there? What was the reason for me going there? It was the food. The food was the reason.

 

Word #163

The next word is ‘turn’. ‘Turn’ can be used as a verb which means to change direction normally in a circular motion like this. For example, ‘When you get to the traffic lights, turn left.’ ‘Turn’ can also be used as a noun which means an opportunity to do something. For example, ‘Is it my turn in the game yet?’

 

Word #164

The next word is ‘here’. The word ‘here’ means in, at or on this position. For example, ‘I have filmed many of my videos right here.’

 

Word #165

The next word is ‘why’. ‘Why’ is a question word that we can use to ask the reason for something. For example, ‘Why are you learning English?’ This means we want to know the reason for you learning English.

 

Word #166

The next word is ‘ask’. The word ‘ask’ means to say something to someone to get an answer to a question or to get information. For example, ‘Ask your teacher if you don’t understand.’

 

Word #167

The next word is ‘went’. ‘Went’ is the past form of the verb ‘go’. ‘Go’ means to travel to a place. For example, ‘They went to the beach last weekend.’

 

Word #168

The next word is ‘men’. ‘Men’ is the plural form of the noun ‘man’. That means when you use the word ‘men’ you need to be talking about than one man. For example, ‘Can all the men in the room stand up please?’

 

Word #169

The next word is ‘read’. The word ‘read’ means when you look at symbols or words and you understand their meaning. For example, ‘He likes to read the newspaper on Friday.’

 

Word #170

The next word is ‘need’. The word ‘need’ means you must have something or you want it very badly. For example, ‘I need to see a doctor.’

 

Word #171

The next word is ‘land’. The word ‘land’ means an area of ground which is not covered by water. For example, ‘They want to buy a piece of land near the ocean.’

 

Word #172

The next word is ‘different’. The word ‘different’ means not the same as. So if two things are different that means they are not the same. For example, ‘Those two restaurants serve different food.’

 

Word #173

The next word is ‘home’. ‘Home’ is normally used to mean the place where you sleep and where you eat and where you spend most of your time normally with your family. For example, ‘I’ll be home after 4pm.’

 

Word #174

The next word is ‘us’. ‘Us’ is used as the object of a sentence to talk about more than one person which includes the speaker. For example, ‘Could you give us some more time?’ That means I and the person or people that I am with need more time.

 

Word #175

The next word is ‘move’. The word ‘move’ means to change the position or the location of something or someone. For example, ‘Please move to the waiting room.’

 

Word #176

The next word is ‘try’. The word ‘try’ means to attempt to do something. For example, ‘He likes to try lifting heavy weights.’

 

Word #177

The next word is ‘kind’. The word ‘kind’ is an adjective which means generous, friendly and considering the feelings of others. ‘Kind’ is the opposite of ‘mean’. For example, ‘He is a kind person.’ ‘Kind’ can also mean the type or a group of people or things which are similar. For example, ‘I like all kinds of music.’

 

Word #178

The next word is ‘hand’. This is your hand. For example, ‘I write with my left hand.’

 

Word #179

The next word is ‘picture’. A picture is a painting, a photograph, a drawing or an image created by someone. For example, ‘The program lets you create amazing pictures.’

 

Word #180

The next word is ‘again’. The word ‘again’ means one more time. So if you do something again, that means you have already done that thing before in the past. For example, ‘Let’s go on that roller coaster again.’

 

Word #181

The next word is ‘change’. The word ‘change’ can mean to make something become different. The word ‘change’ can also mean to exchange one thing for another thing or to swap things. Normally when those two things are similar. An example sentence could be ‘He always likes to change his clothes after he finishes his workout.’

 

Word #182

The next word is ‘off’. The word ‘off’ means when something is not working or operating because it is not switched on. For example, ‘Turn the TV off.’ ‘Off’ can also mean when something goes away from a place or a position. For example, ‘You should take your jumper off because it’s really hot.’

 

Word #183

The next word is ‘play’. ‘Play’ can mean when you do something that is enjoyable. Something that you think is fun. For example, ‘The mother loves to play with her children.’ We can also use the word ‘play’ to mean to do a sport. For example, ‘He likes to play soccer.’

 

Word #184

The next word is ‘spell’. The word ‘spell’ means when we put letters into the correct order to make a word. For example ‘How do you spell this word?’

 

Word #85

The next word is ‘air’. Air is the gases on the earth that we breathe. For example, ‘I love going to the mountains to get some fresh air.’

 

Word #186

The next word is ‘away’. The word ‘away’ means at a distance from a place or from a thing. For example, ‘We went away from the house.’ The house is here. We are here. There is a distance between the two things. We went away from the house.

 

Word #187

The next word is ‘animal’. An animal is normally something that is living, that eats, that breathes, that can see, that can hear and something that can reproduce. For example, ‘An elephant is a very big animal.’

 

Word #188

The next word is ‘house’. ‘House’ is a noun which means a building where people live, eat and sleep. For example, ‘Your house is beautiful.’

 

Word #189

The next word is ‘point’. ‘Point’ can have many meanings. One meaning is when you do this. For example, ‘In some cultures when you point, it’s rude.’ ‘Point’ can also be used as a noun which means an idea or an opinion. For example, ‘I don’t understand your point. Could you explain it again please?’

 

Word #190

The next word is ‘page’. A page is one side of a sheet of paper in a magazine, a newspaper, a book or any other thing that has sheets of paper. For example, ‘The book has 50 pages.’

 

Word #191

The next word is ‘letter’. A letter is a written symbol that we can use to write or type the sound of a language. For example, ‘English has 26 letters.’ A letter is also something that you write which is sent in an envelope in the post. For example, ‘She sent me a very long letter.’

 

Word #192

The next word is ‘mother’. A mother is a female parent. For example, ‘I haven’t met your mother yet.’

 

Word #193

The next word is ‘answer’. The word ‘answer’ can be used as a verb to mean to respond to a question. For example, ‘You didn’t answer my question.’ ‘Answer’ can also be used as a noun. For example, ‘What is the answer?’

 

Word #194

The next word is ‘found’. The word ‘found’ is the past tense form of the word ‘find’. ‘Find’ means to discover something. For example, ‘I can’t believe you found my pen. I lost it five years ago.’

 

Word #195

The next word is ‘study’. ‘Study’ means to do something which helps you to learn something. For example, ‘How often do you study English?’

 

Word #196

The next word is ‘still’. The word ‘still’ has several meanings. One of the main meanings is to show that something started in the past and it’s still happening now. For example, ‘I’m still working as a teacher.’ Another meaning of ‘still’ is something that is not moving. For example, ‘The lake is so still.’

 

Word #197

The next word is ‘learn’. The word ‘learn’ means to get knowledge about a specific topic, subject or activity. For example, ‘I like to learn about computers.’

 

Word #198

The next word is ‘should’. We use the word ‘should’ to give advice and to tell someone what we think the best thing to do is. For example, ‘If you want to lose weight, you should exercise.’

 

Word #199

The next word is ‘America’. The word ‘America’ normally means the United States of America. The country that you can see on the screen right now. It can also mean the continents North America or South America. For example, ‘I can’t wait to go to America next year.’

 

Word #200

The next word is ‘world’. The word ‘world’ means the earth including all countries and all people. For example, ‘The world is an amazing place.’

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