625 words to know in your target language

So I was scrolling through the fluent forever site and I found this amazing list. These are 625 words that you need to know in your target language.

Here they are in thematic order:

Animal: dog, cat, fish, bird, cow, pig, mouse, horse, wing, animal

Transportation: train, plane, car, truck, bicycle, bus, boat, ship, tire, gasoline, engine, (train) ticket, transportation

Location: city, house, apartment, street/road, airport, train station, bridge, hotel, restaurant, farm, court, school, office, room, town, university, club, bar, park, camp, store/shop, theater, library, hospital, church, market, country (USA, France, etc.), building, ground, space (outer space), bank, location

Clothing: hat, dress, suit, skirt, shirt, T-shirt, pants, shoes, pocket, coat, stain, clothing

Colour: red, green, blue (light/dark), yellow, brown, pink, orange, black, white, gray, colour

People: son, daughter, mother, father, parent (= mother/father), baby, man, woman, brother, sister, family, grandfather, grandmother, husband, wife, king, queen, president, neighbor, boy, girl, child (= boy/girl), adult (= man/woman), human (≠ animal), friend (Add a friend’s name), victim, player, fan, crowd, person

Job: Teacher, student, lawyer, doctor, patient, waiter, secretary, priest, police, army, soldier, artist, author, manager, reporter, actor, job

Society: religion, heaven, hell, death, medicine, money, dollar, bill, marriage, wedding, team, race (ethnicity), sex (the act), sex (gender), murder, prison, technology, energy, war, peace, attack, election, magazine, newspaper, poison, gun, sport, race (sport), exercise, ball, game, price, contract, drug, sign, science, God

Art: band, song, instrument (musical), music, movie, art

Beverages: coffee, tea, wine, beer, juice, water, milk, beverage

Food: egg, cheese, bread, soup, cake, chicken, pork, beef, apple, banana, orange, lemon, corn, rice, oil, seed, knife, spoon, fork, plate, cup, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sugar, salt, bottle, food

Home: table, chair, bed, dream, window, door, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, pencil, pen, photograph, soap, book, page, key, paint, letter, note, wall, paper, floor, ceiling, roof, pool, lock, telephone, garden, yard, needle, bag, box, gift, card, ring, tool

Electronics: clock, lamp, fan, cell phone, network, computer, program (computer), laptop, screen, camera, television, radio

Body: head, neck, face, beard, hair, eye, mouth, lip, nose, tooth, ear, tear (drop), tongue, back, toe, finger, foot, hand, leg, arm, shoulder, heart, blood, brain, knee, sweat, disease, bone, voice, skin, body

Nature: sea, ocean, river, mountain, rain, snow, tree, sun, moon, world, Earth, forest, sky, plant, wind, soil/earth, flower, valley, root, lake, star, grass, leaf, air, sand, beach, wave, fire, ice, island, hill, heat, nature

Materials: glass, metal, plastic, wood, stone, diamond, clay, dust, gold, copper, silver, material

Math/Measurements: meter, centimeter, kilogram, inch, foot, pound, half, circle, square, temperature, date, weight, edge, corner

Misc Nouns: map, dot, consonant, vowel, light, sound, yes, no, piece, pain, injury, hole, image, pattern, noun, verb, adjective

Directions: top, bottom, side, front, back, outside, inside, up, down, left, right, straight, north, south, east, west, direction

Seasons: Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall, season

Numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 50, 51, 52, 60, 61, 62, 70, 71, 72, 80, 81, 82, 90, 91, 92, 100, 101, 102, 110, 111, 1000, 1001, 10000, 100000, million, billion, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, number

Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Time: year, month, week, day, hour, minute, second , morning, afternoon, evening, night, time

Verbs: work, play, walk, run, drive, fly, swim, go, stop, follow, think, speak/say, eat, drink, kill, die, smile, laugh, cry, buy, pay, sell, shoot(a gun), learn, jump, smell, hear (a sound), listen (music), taste, touch, see (a bird), watch (TV), kiss, burn, melt, dig, explode, sit, stand, love, pass by, cut, fight, lie down, dance, sleep, wake up, sing, count, marry, pray, win, lose, mix/stir, bend, wash, cook, open, close, write, call, turn, build, teach, grow, draw, feed, catch, throw, clean, find, fall, push, pull, carry, break, wear, hang, shake, sign, beat, lift

Adjectives: long, short (long), tall, short (vs tall), wide, narrow, big/large, small/little, slow, fast, hot, cold, warm, cool, new, old (new), young, old (young), good, bad, wet, dry, sick, healthy, loud, quiet, happy, sad, beautiful, ugly, deaf, blind, nice, mean, rich, poor, thick, thin, expensive, cheap, flat, curved, male, female, tight, loose, high, low, soft, hard, deep, shallow, clean, dirty, strong, weak, dead, alive, heavy, light (heavy), dark, light (dark), nuclear, famous

Pronouns: I, you (singular), he, she, it, we, you (plural, as in “y’all”), they.

I just wanted to share this with my favourite language community:)

The words are also already translated into the following languages:

Feel free to post a link to your own list!

April 14, 2018


What about words like ‘and’ or ‘because’

April 15, 2018

Or 'or' itself.

April 15, 2018

Feel free to add these words to your own list!

April 16, 2018

I've adapted the Spanish version into a Quizlet set for those interested

April 14, 2018

that's great, thanks!

April 14, 2018

Very interesting! I wonder why sheep didn't make it to the animal list. HA HA.

April 14, 2018

El5, those lists are typically drawn from an algorithm utilizing words most commonly used. The word Sheep simply doesn’t get used often enough.

April 14, 2018

Thanks Brad. I was trying to be funny - but must have missed the mark. Have a great day!

April 14, 2018

Just me being my analytical self!

April 14, 2018


April 14, 2018

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    Great thread Jules, thanks.

    April 14, 2018

    I purchased the Japanese list from Fluent Forever before. I can't post the whole thing, as it's a PDF that they sell, but if I have time, I'll add the translations to TinyCards or somewhere, if anyone is interested.

    April 15, 2018

    Part 1 - Animals

    Part 2 - Transportation

    Unfortunately, you cannot combine pics and text on the front of the cards. So, I have a pic on the front, then English, kanji/katakana (as appropriate), and hiragana on the back.

    Just doing these 23 words took a while. This is going to be a very long process. Lol I plan to do this gradually, or I'll never finish.

    I have the memory of a goldfish, so if anyone is genuinely interested but doesn't see me adding more, please nudge me.

    Feedback welcome, especially on the format. I'd rather hear it now than at 500 words in. :)

    April 17, 2018

    I really love the layout. It's very clear and simple:)

    April 21, 2018

    That would be lovely! But I think that the people from Fluent Forever won't be happy if you would share a bought list. It's your decision!

    April 16, 2018

    Yeah, I definitely wouldn't share the file, as is. But the list of words that you've posted here, and the definitions to them, are all freely available, of course. :)

    The document they sell also has lovely illustrations and more info then I think most people would want/need. It's also inexpensive, and I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from supporting them.

    But I don't see any ethical issues with sharing the words themselves, as that's simply part of the language. :)

    April 16, 2018

    feel free to do it!:)

    April 17, 2018

    For anyone interested, here is what the pages of the original document look like (examples are in French).

    You can purchase them from As of this posting, the PDFs are $10 each.

    They are not arranged by category, like these lists. They accompany pictures and are chosen so that you can use them to make sentences, which is very cool.

    April 17, 2018

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

    April 21, 2018

    Interesting...I wonder why they chose 625. I have seen top 100, 200, 1000, 2000, 3000 etc.

    April 14, 2018

    These 625 words can help you do the push from A2(B1) - B1(B2)

    April 14, 2018

    Thank you Jules!

    April 14, 2018

    Many thanks, Jules!

    April 14, 2018

    You're both welcome!

    April 14, 2018

    Followed for future reference; Thank you!

    April 14, 2018

    You're welcome!

    April 15, 2018

    Thanks for the word advice! It might help me out in the future with my Japanese lessons :D

    April 16, 2018

    I am currently creating an Italian version of this on tiny cards. It uses image to Italian word as well as English word to Italian word. Here is the link to the first set

    May 2, 2018

    Very helpful, thank you!

    August 9, 2018

    you're welcome

    August 14, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Thank you so much :)

      August 27, 2018
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