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English Vocabulary Guide

Vocabulary simply means words, and English vocabulary means lots and lots of words.

Just think of English vocabulary as the bricks of the language, and to help you build up your vocabulary we have organised these pages using a thematic approach and used lots and lots of pictures and sounds to go with the words.

Basic English Vocabulary

The Alphabet

Animals

Colours

Computers

Days and Dates

Greetings

Nationalities and countries

Numbers

Seasons

Shapes

Time

The weather

The UK

(Business English Basics)

People - Appearances

People - Families

More English Vocabulary

Buildings

Clothes

Education

Food and Drink - Eating at Home

Food and Drink - Eating Out

Entertainment

Food

Football

Around the House - Rooms in a house

Human Body

Jobs and Work - Professions

Jobs and Work - Offices

Life and Death

Money

Politics - Elections

Shopping

Sport

Transport

Expanded Themes

English Idioms and Informal English

Phrasal Verbs

Learn English through pictures

A picture can paint a thousand words

armchair | backbone | bedspring
bittersweet
| blackmail | bolthole
brainstorm | breadbin | butterfly
cardboard | carpet | chairman | Christmas tree
copyright | earring
fingerprint | firework | flagship | freehold | friendship | frostbite
grasshopper | gridlock | gunpowder
haircut | headdress | headphones | heartbreak
keyboard
lipstick | livestock | loanshark | loophole
manhandle | mastercopy | nightcap | overhear
pigtail | pillowcase | ponytail | receivership
scarecrow | sinkhole | skyscraper
soapbox | stepladder
teamwork | timesheet | timetable | tiptoe | toothpaste
wallpaper | waterfall | whitewash | workmanship | workout

More Vocabulary Practice

Do you want more of a challenge? Get involved and learn by doing.

Interesting Words | Favourite Words | Power Words

Hekner's Words | One Word? | Oxymorons

Technical Terms

How to use these pages:-

Double click on any word for its definition and to listen to the pronunciation.

Beginners:

  • Learn the basic words at the beginning of each theme.
  • Do the vocabulary tests.
  • Search for different images on Google Images and make a collection of links for each word.
  • Review the words regularly.

Intermediate Learners:

  • Make sure you know the words at the beginning of each theme.
  • Study the build-up section and dialogues at the end of each section.
  • Do the games and tests.
  • Make up your own dialogues (you can share them with us on the forum, and we will correct them).
  • Go to the expanded themes page.

Advanced Learners:

  • You should already know all the words at the beginning of each theme.
  • You should be able to understand the build-up section and dialogues at the end of each section.
  • You should be able to comfortably read the culture articles for each section.
  • Write your own guide to the culture in your country for each theme (you can share it with us on the forum, and we will correct them).
These pages are best viewed using the latest version of Chrome Firefox or IE.

To expand your vocabulary more check out our recommended vocabulary books.


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