Learning spanish with 100 words

The hundred most important words in Spanis

The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) has 88,000 registered words, but there are many others (Almost 30% of that amount) that are used in different countries and that cannot be included in a single dictionary since they are considered regionalisms.

For example the word for “popcorn” is also known as: Pipocas in Bolivia, Palomitas de maiz in Mexico, Pochoclos in Argentina, Cabritas in Chili and more…

Cervantes’ masterpiece “Don Quixote de la Mancha” was written with 22,939! He was quite the genius of the time, today a person who uses around 3500 words is already considered a cultured person.

But don’t worry about memorizing so many words, a study has revealed that just by learning the 100 most used words in any language, you can already communicate and understand up to 84% of common conversations.

That is why we bring you “The hundred most used words in Spanish” if you would like us to explain the use of any of them, leave us your comment below and we will upload a video with the grammatical explanation and usage.


  • el / la (def. art.) the
  • lo (pron.) [3rd pers. masc. direct object pronoun]
  • de (prep.) of, from
  • todo (adj.) all, every
  • que (conj.) that, which
  • pero (conj.) but, yet, except
  • y (conj.) and
  • más (adj.) more
  • a (prep.) to, at
  • hacer (verb.) to do, make
  • en (prep.) in, on
  • o (conj.) or
  • un (indef. art.) a, an
  • poder (verb) to be able to, can
  • ser (verb) to be
  • decir (verb) to tell, say
  • se (pron.) -self, oneself [reflexive marker]
  • este (adj.) this (m); esta (f)
  • no (adv.) no
  • ir (verb) to go
  • haber (verb) to have
  • otro (adj.) other, another
  • por (prep.) by, for, through
  • ese (adj.) that (m); esa (f
  • con (prep.) with
  • la (pron.) [3rd pers. fem. direct object pronoun]
  • su (adj.) his, her, their, your (fam.)
  • si (conj.) if, whether
  • para (prep.) for, to, in order to
  • me (pron.) me
  • como (conj.) like, as
  • ya (adv.) already, still
  • estar (verb) to be
  • ver (verb) to see
  • tener (verb) to have
  • porque (conj.) because
  • le (pron.) [3rd pers. indirect object pronoun]
  • dar (verb) to give
  • lo (art.) the (+ noun)
  • cuando (conj.) when
  • él (pron.) he
  • desde (prep.) from, since
  • muy (adv.) very, really
  • grande (adj.) large, great, big
  • sin (prep.) without
  • eso (pron., n.) that
  • vez (noun, f.) time, occurrence
  • ni (conj.) not even, neither, nor
  • mucho (adj.) much, many, a lot
  • nos (pron.) us
  • saber (verb) to know
  • llegar (verb) to arrive
  • qué (pron.) what?, which?, how (+ adj.)
  • pasar (verb) to pass, spend (time)
  • sobre (prep.) on top of, over, about
  • tiempo (noun, m.) time, weather
  • mi (adj.) my
  • ella (pron.) she; ellas them
  • alguno (adj.) some; (pron.) someone
  • sí (adv.) yes
  • mismo (adj.) same
  • día (noun, m.) day
  • yo (pron.) I
  • uno (num.) one
  • también (adv.) also
  • bien (adv.) well
  • hasta (prep.) until, up to; (adv.) even
  • poco (adj.) little few; (adv.) a little bit
  • año (noun, m.) year
  • deber (verb) should, ought to; to owe
  • dos (num.) two
  • entonces (adv.) so, then
  • querer (verb) to want, love
  • poner (verb) to put (on); get (+ adj.)
  • entre (prep.) between
  • cosa (noun, f.) thing
  • así (adv.) like that
  • tanto (adj.) much
  • primero (adj.) first
  • hombre (noun, m.) man, mankind, husband
  • parecer (verb) to seem, look like
  • creer (verb) to believe
  • nuestro (adj.) our
  • hablar (verb) to speak, talk
  • tan (adv.) such, a, too, so
  • llevar (verb) to take, carry
  • donde (conj.) where
  • dejar (verb) to let, leave
  • ahora (adv.) now
  • nada (pron.) nothing
  • parte (noun, f.) part, portion
  • cada (adj.) each, every
  • después (adv.) after
  • seguir (verb) to follow
  • vida (noun, f.) life
  • menos (adj.) less, fewer
  • quedar (verb) to remain, stay
  • nuevo (adj.) new
  • siempre (adv.) always
  • encontrar (verb) to find

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