Top 100 high frequency words in Spanish

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These are the most important words to learn first in Spanish as they are the top 100 most frequently used. Once you know these words, you will find your comprehension increases by a great deal! For a more complete list, take a look at the book A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for Learners by Mark Davies.

el / la

the

de

of, from

que

that, which

se

self, oneself

haber

to have (special form)

por

by, for, through

su

his, her, their, your

para

for, to, in order to

como

like, as

estar

to be

tener

to have

le

to him/to her

todo

all, every

pero

but, yet, except

hacer

to do, make

poder

to be able to, can

decir

to tell, say

otro

other, another

si

if, whether

ya

already, still

ver

to see

porque

because

dar

to give

cuando

when

muy

very, really

sin

without

vez

time, occurrence

mucho

much, many, a lot

saber

to know

qué

what? which? how!

sobre

on top of, over, about

alguno

some; someone

mismo

same

también

also

hasta

until, up to; even

querer

to want, love

entre

between

así

like that

primero

first

desde

from, since

grande

large, great, big

ni

not even, neither, nor

llegar

to arrive

pasar

to pass, spend (time)

tiempo

time, weather

ellas

them

poco

little few; a little bit

deber

should, ought to; to owe

entonces

so, then

poner

to put (on); get (+ adj.)

cosa

thing

tanto

much

hombre

man, mankind, husband

parecer

to seem, look like

nuestro

our

tan

such, a, too, so

donde

where

parte

part, portion

después

after

quedar

to remain, to stay

siempre

always

creer

to believe

hablar

to speak, talk

llevar

to take, to carry, to wear

dejar

to let, to leave

nada

nothing

cada

each, every

seguir

to follow

menos

less, fewer

encontrar

to find

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