Common Spanish Words

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
     1. prep. of; 's (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
     2. prep. of, ’s (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
     3. prep. from
           Constitución española de 1812 — “Spanish constitution of 1812”
     4. prep. used to construct compound nouns (with attributive nouns)
repleto de agua
lo acusó de traidor
2 la
     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)
la zorra
y la zorra
3 que
     1. conj. that
     2. conj. than
     3. conj. indicating a reason, roughly because
     4. conj. indicating desire or permission
     5. conj. if I were you
y que siga vivo
a que le ayudara
4 y
     1. conj. and
           setenta y seis - “seventy-six”
     2. conj. plus
           uno y uno son dos - “one plus one is two”
y así
y el ciervo
5 el
     1. art. Masculine singular definite article, the.
     2. art. Feminine singular definite article used before nouns which start with a stressed /a/:
el león
y el mono
6 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.
           Lo busca a Usted. — “He is looking for you.”
una a una
buscando a ver
7 en
     1. prep. in, at, on
     2. prep. in (a time)
     3. prep. in (a language)
     4. prep. (used after some verbs and translated by various prepositions in English)
     5. prep. in (used in various expressions)
en cambio ustedes
en un templo cercano
8 se
     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 form the passive voice in the third person (also used for usted and ustedes).
     3. pron. Used to form impersonal sentences.
     4. pron. Used instead of indirect object pronouns le and les before the direct object pronouns lo, la, los, or las.
se dijeron
y se llevó
9 los
     1. art. the
     2. pron. Accusative form of ellos or ustedes
     3. pron. Plural masculine or neuter pronoun, e.g. los que no hablan, "those who do not speak"
los lobos
y los lobos
10 un
     1. adj. (before the noun) apocopic form of uno one
     2. art. a
hay un modo
a un matorral
11 no
     1. adv. no
     2. adv. not
     3. abbrev. number
mas no tardó
el jabalí no
12 con
     1. prep. with
y juego con él
con la idea de que eso
13 su
     1. adj. (before the noun) apocopic form of suyo His, her, its, one's, their.
     2. adj. (before the noun formal) apocopic form of suyo Your.
     3. adv. About, approximately.
su plan
por su cantidad
14 las
     1. art. the
     2. pron. Accusative of ellas
     3. pron. feminine plural pronoun.
cansadas las ranas
las luchas inútiles
15 por
     1. prep. by
     2. prep. for
     3. prep. through
     4. prep. due to
     5. prep. (used with directions) over
por fin
por el peligro
16 del
     1. contr. of the, from the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
     2. contraction. of the, from the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
la del pantano
y la del camino
     de
          1. prep. of; 's (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
          2. prep. of, ’s (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
          3. prep. from
          4. prep. used to construct compound nouns (with attributive nouns)
     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
     1. adj. Feminine of uno
     2. n. Feminine of uno
     3. v. second-person imperative of unir
     4. v. first-person present subjunctive of unir
     5. v. second-person present subjunctive of unir
y una zorra
a una leona
     unir
          1. v. to unite
          2. v. to merge, to conflate
     un
          1. adj. (before the noun) apocopic form of uno one
          2. art. a
18 lo
     1. art. neuter definite article used to make abstract nouns from adjectives, the
     2. pron. impersonal neuter pronoun, it, that
por lo cual
lo llamó el lobo
19 al
al otro
al verlo
     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
     1. prep. for
     2. prep. to
     3. v. third-person present indicative of parar
     4. v. informal second-person affirmative imperative of parar
     5. v. first-person present subjunctive of parir
sino para el de un toro
para que no seas atrapado
     parar
          1. v. to stop, halt
          2. v. to put up, stand up
          3. v. to lift, raise
          4. vr. see pararse
          5. v. (Chile, colloquial) to notice or divine something
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