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A list of the most common Spanish words ordered by their frequency of use. You can use this list to learn words efficiently, ensuring you cover the basic vocabulary of Spanish.

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1 de pronunciation
     1. prep. of; ’s; used after the thing owned and before the owner
           Constitución española de 1812 - Spanish constitution of 1812
           la cola del perro - the dog’s tail
     2. prep. from
           Soy de España. - I’m from Spain.
2 la pronunciation
     1. art. the
     2. pron. accusative of ella, ello (when the antecedent's implied gender is feminine), and usted (when referring to a woman); her, it, you (formal)
     3. pron. Impersonal neuter pronoun (accusative) in certain colloquial phrases: 'it', 'this'.
           La sabe toda.
             He/she knows everything (it all)
3 que pronunciation
     1. conj. that
           Él dice que está triste. - He says that he/she is sad.
     2. conj. than
           Llego más tarde que tú. - I am arriving later than you.
     3. conj. indicating a reason, roughly because
4 y pronunciation
     1. conj. and
     2. conj. (in names of number) and
           setenta y seis - seventy-six
     3. conj. (in arithmetic) plus, and
           uno y uno son dos - one plus one is two
5 el pronunciation
     1. art. Masculine singular definite article; the.
     2. art. Feminine singular definite article used before nouns which start with a stressed 'a':
           el alma, pl. las almas
           el hacha, pl. las hachas
6 a pronunciation
     1. prep. to
     2. prep. by
     3. prep. at
     4. prep. Used before words referring to people, pets, or personified objects or places that function as direct objects: personal a.
           Lo busca a usted. - He is looking for you.
7 en pronunciation
     1. prep. in, at, on
           Estoy en casa. - I'm at home.
           Estoy sentado en la computadora. - I'm sitting at the computer.
           en esta página - on this page
           en la caja en la mesa - in the box on the table
8 se pronunciation
     1. pron. (Third person (also used for usted and ustedes) reflexive direct or indirect object) oneself, himself, herself, itself, yourself; each other; one another
     2. pron. (Used to convey the meaning of the English passive voice in the third person and with) usted and ustedes.
           ¿Cómo se llama? - How do you call yourself?
           Se dice que... - It says itself that...
           Aquí se habla español - Spanish speaks itself here.
9 los pronunciation
     1. art. the
           ¿Qué hacen los muchachos?
             "What do the boys do?".
     2. pron. accusative of ellos and ustedes (when referring to more than one man); them, you all (formal)
     3. pron. Plural masculine or neuter pronoun, e.g. los que no hablan, "those who do not speak".
10 un pronunciation
     1. adj. (before the noun) apocopic form of uno one
     2. art. a
11 no pronunciation
     1. adv. no
     2. adv. not
     3. interj. eh? (used as a tag question, to emphasise what goes before or to request that the listener express an opinion about what has been said)
     4. n-m. no
     5. n. (abbreviation of número); no.
12 con pronunciation
     1. prep. with
     2. prep. on
           Yo cuento con ustedes. - I count on you.
13 su pronunciation
     1. adj. (before the noun) apocopic form of suyo His, her, its, one's, their.
           Vino con su amigo. (He came with his friend.)
           Habló a sus hijas. (He spoke to his daughters.)
     2. adj. (before the noun, formal) apocopic form of suyo Your.
     3. adv. About, approximately.
14 las pronunciation
     1. art. the
     2. pron. accusative of ellas and ustedes (when referring to more than one woman); them, you all (formal)
     3. pron. feminine plural pronoun.
           las que no hablan - those (women) who do not speak.
     4. n. plural of la
15 por pronunciation
     1. prep. by (indicates the creator of a work)
           La novela Cien años de Soledad fue escrita por Gabriel García Márquez. - The novel One Hundred Years of Solitude was written by Gabriel García Márquez.
     2. prep. for (indicates something given in an exchange)
           Lo compré por cincuenta euros. - I bought this for fifty euros.
     3. prep. through
16 del pronunciation
     1. contraction. of the, from the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
     de
          1. prep. of; ’s; used after the thing owned and before the owner
          2. prep. from
     el
          1. art. Masculine singular definite article; the.
          2. art. Feminine singular definite article used before nouns which start with a stressed 'a':
17 una pronunciation
     1. adj. feminine singular of adjective uno
     2. art. feminine singular of un
     3. n. feminine noun of uno
     4. pron. we (an indefinite plural pronoun using a singular feminine item, used for females)
     5. v. formal second-person singular imperative of unir
18 lo pronunciation
     1. art. neuter definite article used to make abstract nouns from adjectives; the
           lo pobre
             the poorness (about)
             the poor (thing about)
             that (which is) poor (about)
19 al pronunciation
     a
          1. prep. to
          2. prep. by
          3. prep. at
          4. prep. Used before words referring to people, pets, or personified objects or places that function as direct objects: personal a.
     el
          1. art. Masculine singular definite article; the.
          2. art. Feminine singular definite article used before nouns which start with a stressed 'a':
20 para pronunciation
     1. prep. for (for the purpose of)
     2. prep. to
     3. v. third-person singular present indicative of parar
     4. v. informal second-person singular affirmative imperative of parar
     5. v. first-person singular present subjunctive of parir
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