Essential Words for Learners

1,500 Words for English Learners

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Here is a list of 1,500 important words for English learners. When you click on a word, you will see other words in the same category and a link to the page offering games, flashcards, and tests for that category.

This list of important words can be displayed as normal text or in columns. You can add or remove headers. You can order it alphabetically or by word length. You can even turn the list into American English or British English. It is fully sortable, editable, and printable. Just for fun, we've added game of hangman, which selects a word from this list as the secret word.

More Resources for Learning New Words

Don't forget that every category of the 83 vocabulary categories on this page has its own lesson with interactive tests and an electronic flashcards.

Using Grammar Monster's Vocabulary Lessons

This video explains how to use the games, tests, and flashcards in the vocabulary lessons.

Sortable, Editable, and Printable List

Lesson links:



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Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is a word from this list. (Choose your first letter to start.)
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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