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What is Vocabulary?
This page explains what vocabulary - or vocab - is and why it is important for learners of English. It also talks about active and passive vocabulary.

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Parts of speech and vocab rules


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Prefixes (non-, inter-, post-)
Suffixes (-ation, -al, -ize)

Contractions (I'm, aren't, here's)
Informal Contractions (gimme, gonna, wanna)

WH Question Words (WHo, WHat, HoW)

Topic vocabulary

Sports Vocabulary with Quizzes (award, champion, stadium)
includes Olympics Vocabulary, History and Quizzes

Christmas Vocabulary (holly, Santa, turkey)

Survival English ~ Key words, phrases, questions and answers for beginners.


The World

North, South, East & West

Weather (rain, raining, rainy)

Numbers (1/one, 2/two, 3/three)

Top 20 Business Words ~ useful vocabulary in the following business categories
Abbreviations, Advertising, Air Travel, Banking, Company Structure, Computers, Contracts, Correspondence, CV/Resume, Employment, Import/Export, Insurance, Law, Marketing, Meetings, Money, Newspapers, Numbers, Presentations, Property, Publishing, Punctuation, Selling

Floors of a House (ground floor, first floor)

Floors of a Commercial Building (ground floor, mezzanine, 1st floor...)

Colours (red, orange, yellow)

Shapes (square, circle, triangle)

Illustrated Vocabulary jumperumbrellatrain

Computer Vocabulary (backup, cache, DOS)

Family (father, mother)

English Names for Girls
English Names for Boys
English Unisex Names
English Surnames

Animal Terms (lion, lions, lion, lioness, lion cub, a pride)

Criminals and Law Breakers (murderer, deliberately kills)

English for Work

Rooms in a House
Furniture and Decor

Human Body
Medical Concerns

Business Vocabulary
Negotiations Vocabulary
Meetings Vocabulary
Telephone Vocabulary

Vocabulary about Pollution
Vocabulary about Endangered Species

Useful Phrases in Greetings

Vocab reference

Confusing Words
Bring or Take? Most or Almost? Do or Make? Words with similar meanings, and which sometimes look or sound the same. With quizzes.

English Alphabet (a, b, c)

English Phonetic Spelling (alpha, bravo, charlie)

Dictionary or thesaurus?
What's the difference between a dictionary and a thesaurus?

Synonyms and antonyms
What's the difference between a synonym and an antonym?

Word Lists

Figures of Speech (like a bat outta hell)

Quotes and Quotations

A list of English quotes and quotations, giving author details, word definitions and contextual notes.

Sayings and Proverbs
Sayings and ProverbsA reference of English sayings and proverbs, giving possible interpretations, word definitions, explanations, origins, quizzes and answers. Arranged alphabetically and by category.
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Categories | Quizzes | Saying of the Day | Teacher's Notes
Slang A reference of English slang words and phrases, with definitions, sample sentences, origins, notes, warnings, quizzes and answers. Arranged alphabetically and by category.
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Categories | Quizzes | Slang of the Day | Teacher's Notes
Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal VerbsA reference of English phrasal verbs, with definitions, explanations, example sentences, quizzes and answers. Arranged alphabetically.
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Phrasal Verb of the Day
Idioms A reference of English idioms and idiomatic expressions, with definitions, explanations, sample sentences, quizzes and answers. Arranged alphabetically and by category.
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Categories | Quizzes | Idiom of the Day | Teacher's Notes

Idioms by category | with quizzes


Collocations (white coffee, make your bed, do your homework)

Functional Language

British English/American English (lift/elevator)

Weight (grams, kilograms)

Male and Female (king, queen)

Ranks - British/American (captain, sergeant)

Foreign Words In English

Roman Numbers (i, ii, iii, iv, v)
Latin Words In English (inter alia)

Power Of Seven
A light-hearted look at vocabulary and curiosities for English learners from seven-obsessed EnglishClub founder Josef Essberger.

Online dictionaries

British English - with audio

Merriam-Webster (American English) - with audio

OneLook (British/American English) - looks in up to 40 different dictionaries

Rhyming dictionaries

WriteExpress | RhymeZone



Other vocab

English Vocabulary Links

Glossary of English Grammar Terms

New Vocabulary each week with Listen to News

Vocabulary Quizzes

What Am I? Quiz (Kids)
Animal Sounds Quiz (Kids)
Fun with Colours, Shapes and Numbers (Kids)

Twitter Vocab

Vocabulary in Joe's Cafe

Without grammar very little can be conveyed; without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed.
D.A. Wilkins, Linguistics in Language Teaching

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