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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




Days and Dates


Nationalities and countries





The weather

The UK

(Business English Basics)

People - Appearances

People - Families

More English Vocabulary




Food and Drink - Eating at Home

Food and Drink - Eating Out




Around the House - Rooms in a house

Human Body

Jobs and Work - Professions

Jobs and Work - Offices

Life and Death


Politics - Elections




Expanded Themes

English Idioms and Informal English

Phrasal Verbs

Learn English through pictures

A picture can paint a thousand words

armchair | backbone | backlog | bedspring
bittersweet | blackmail | blackout | bolthole
brainstorm | breadbin | butterfly
cardboard | carpet | chairman | childhood | Christmas tree
copyright | earring
fingerprint | firework | flagship | freehold | friendship | frostbite
grasshopper | gridlock | gunpowder
haircut | headdress | headphones | heartbreak
lawsuit | lipstick | livestock | loanshark | loophole
manhandle | mastercopy | milestone | nightcap | nightmare | overhear
pigtail | pillowcase | ponytail | receivership
scarecrow | sinkhole | skyscraper
soapbox | stepladder
teamwork | timesheet | timetable | tiptoe | toothpaste | toothpick
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 Wonderful World of Words | Unusual Words | Oxymorons

Technical Terms

How to use these pages:-

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


  • 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.
  • Why not write your own guide to the culture in your country for each topic (you can share it with us on the forum if you like).
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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