100 Most Common Spanish Words For Beginners to Learn 

Here are 100 most common spanish words that are useful to know for beginners. These Spanish words are often used to form everyday phrases and conversations.

100 Most Common Spanish Words for Beginners to Learn

Learning the most common words in spanish is a great strategy for any beginner. With this foundation, you can go on to construct sentences and phrases that will help you communicate with other spanish speakers. The words in this list are words that can help you introduce yourself, ask for help, and simply understand what is going on around you. 

Spanish Word 

1. yo 


2. soy 





3. estoy 



English Meaning

I


I am 

Note: You would use soy to describe permanent characteristics. i.e. Soy de Estados Unidos (I am from the United States). 

I am 

Note: You would use soy to describe temporary characteristics. i.e. Estoy en Florida para las vacaciones (I am in Florida for vacation). 


4.


5. no


6. la 




7. el 

yes


no


the 

Note: For singular feminine nouns.


the

Note: For singular masculine nouns.


8. 


9. gracias 


11. por 


12. favor 




and 


thank you 


by, for 


favour 

Note: Put 11 & 12 together = por favor, meaning: please.

13. hello


14. tengo


15. qué


16. que 


17. quién


18. dónde


19. cuando 


20. cómo


21. de


22. con 


23. a 


24. al 


25. porque 


26. ahora


27. tú


28. o


29. bien 


30. hombre 


31. tiempo 


32. tienes 


33. comprar 


34. nada 


35. nuevo 


36. como 


 hola 


I have 


what


that 


who 


where 


when


how


of, from 


with


to


to the 


because 


now


you


or 


well, good 


man


time, weather 


you have


buy


nothing 


new 


how, as, like 


37. cosa 


38. todo 


39. mucho 


40. dar 


41. un 



42. una 



thing


everything


much, many, a lot


give 


a, an 

Note: For singular masculine nouns. 


a, an 

Note: For singular feminine nouns. 


43. vamos 


44. lo 


45. pero


46. dos


47. tan 


48. creo 


49. 


50. poco 


51. vivo 


52. agua 


53. comida 


54. precio 


55. dinero


56. más


57. hay 


58. familia 


59. algo 


60. fue


61. hacer 


62. fon 


63. caliente 


64. frío


65. quiero 


66. nombre 


67. hablar 


68. para 


69. aquí


70. nunca 


71. señor


72. señora


73. en 


74. es 

let's go, come on 


it, him (direct-object pronoun)


but


two


so


I believe


I know 


a little bit 


I live 


water


food


price 


money


more 


there is 


family


something


he was, she was, it was 


to do, to make 


phone


hot 


cold 


I want 


name 


to speak, to talk 


for, to 


here 


never 


mr. 


mrs. 


in, on, at


he is, she is, it is 

Note: For essential qualities, e.g. Es alto - (He is tall). 


75. te 


76. nos


77. tiene 


78. bueno 


79. son 

you (direct-object pronoun)


us


he has, she has, it has 


good


they are 

Note: For permanent characteristics. E.g. Son azules - They are blue. 


80. sin 


81. me


82. está

without 


me, myself


he is, she is, it is 

Note: Non-permanent characteristics. E.g. Está confundido - He is confused. 


83. voy 


84. estaba 

I go


I was 

Note: Non-permanent characteristics. E.g. Estaba en Inglaterra - I was in England. 


85. nuestro 


86. eso 


87. ese 




88. esa 

our 


that 


that one 

Note: For singular masculine nouns.


that one 

Note: For singular feminine nouns.


89. casa 


90. año


91. uno 


92. mañana


93. hoy 


94. le 



95. también


96. grande 

house 


year


one


tomorrrow 


today


him, her, formal you (indirect object pronoun)


also


big


97. pequeño


small


98. siempre 


99. bad 


100. ya 


always


malo


already



Speaking in a new language often involves asking for help and directions. It's good to know how to ask questions. Here's a recap of words you can use to ask a question:

The Five Ws and How 

qué


por qué


quién


dónde


cuando 


cómo

what


why 


who


where


when


how


This page is a good start for practicising words in Spanish. The words shown above are building blocks that can help you develop your Spanish vocabulary. 

To help you continue to build your knowledge, This Beginner's Guide by Language Learning University is designed to help busy people like you and me learn Spanish in a variety of fun ways. It contains 3 useful tools in one book: an essential guide to learning Spanish, a set of Spanish short stories to assist your learning, and a handy phrase book for travelers. 


Thanks for reading this article on some of the 100 most common spanish words. Happy language learning!


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