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English words used in everyday life

Vocabulary is probably the most important part of any foreign language. It usually takes a lot of time and effort to memorize and learn enough words to speak fluently. But the time you spend learning new words and building your vocabulary is well worth it!

As you surely noticed, English textbooks always cover various topics from everyday life. By reading articles and doing exercises, learners can develop vocabulary in different areas.

Examples of those topics may include:

– food, cooking and visiting a restaurant
– clothing
– nature and environment
– people, family and relationships
– my country and traditions
– hobbies and free time activities
– science and technology
– healthcare

and many others.

Although this is an old-fashioned concept, it still works.
In reality, learning new vocabulary by reading articles on certain topics and trying to understand the meaning, is the best way to improve and extend your language skills.

So remember, you should always develop your vocabulary in context.

Why?

Well, because when you learn something in context, you will remember it better! And as a result, you will be much more confident in daily English conversations.

Daily English words with sentences

While some words are used literally every day, other words are more specific. It means that people use them only in certain situations.

For example vocabulary about food, work or global news is used almost every day. On the other hand, words related to buying a new house (or getting married) are not that frequent.

In this article we will focus on common English words used in daily conversations. You can quickly learn the meaning of each word from pictures. Then you can read and listen to simple sentences that contain these words.

1. Food vocabulary

Everybody eats some meal every day. And I am sure that most of you really enjoy your food, whether it’s at home or in a restaurant. So obviously, a food vocabulary is quite important topic to many of you. Lessons about food and meals are usually among the first lessons in all English textbooks.

So let’s take a look at some of the most common English nouns related to food:

milk milk
tea tea
lemon lemon
cheese cheese
cookie cookie
honey honey
butter butter
egg egg
fruit fruit
bowl bowl
potato potato
pie pie
bread bread
rice rice
tomato tomato
juice juice
nut nut
soup soup

Examples in sentences:

In England people drink tea with milk.Listen
What do you prefer? Rice or potatoes?Listen
I like tea with lots of honey and lemon.Listen
Are tomatoes fruit or vegetable?Listen
Soup is served in a bowl.Listen
Oils from nuts are healthy for the heart.Listen
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?Listen
I like the taste of fresh orange juice.Listen
After lunch we will have an apple pie.Listen
For breakfast I usually have bread with butter and cheese.Listen

2. Clothes vocabulary

Waking up in the morning and putting on your clothes is another daily routine. So the vocabulary about what you dress is also used on a daily basis.

Here is the list of some words that describe what we usually wear:

shirt shirt
cap cap
coat coat
glove glove
shoe shoe
skirt skirt
tie tie
boot boot
clothes clothes
hat hat

Examples in sentences:

This shirt has long sleeves.Listen
Mary likes to wear a large hat.Listen
Young boys wear a baseball cap.Listen
Gloves are useful in winter.Listen
Tie is a great Christmas gift for man.Listen
Mini-skirt is a skirt with its hemline well above the knees.Listen
In winter we must wear boots, because we have a lot of snow.Listen

3. Nature and environment vocabulary

Nature and environment is another topic that we talk about very often. It may be a discussion about outdoor activities or expressing an opinion about climate change. These topics resonate these days more than ever.

When talking about nature, outdoor activities or about the global warming, you may need to use some of these words:

cloud cloud
agriculture agriculture
storm storm
desert desert
field field
river river
mountain mountain
beach beach
ice ice
moon moon
ocean ocean
soil soil
shore shore
tree tree

Examples in sentences:

The sky is clear today. There are no clouds.Listen
I am watching the waves breaking on the shore.Listen
Croatia is full of wonderful beaches.Listen
In some areas we may expect rain and also some storms.Listen
Sahara is the largest desert in the world.Listen
What is the name of the river that runs through London?Listen
This year we have a big Christmas tree.Listen
Another environmental impact of modern agriculture is excessive soil erosion.Listen
Everybody knows that the moon has some effects on our oceans.Listen
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world.Listen

4. People and relationships vocabulary

Unless you are home alone during lockdown, you most likely meet some people every day. So the words about people and our relationships with them are another important part of our English vocabulary.

When you are describing emotions or your relationships with other people, you may come across these words:

laugh laugh
wedding wedding
family family
winner winner
face face
nose nose
fear fear
tongue tongue
mother mother
kiss kiss

Examples in sentences:

I like your smile, but I don’t like your laugh.Listen
Breathe through your nose and not through your mouth.Listen
Fear is our basic emotion.Listen
Mother loves her baby.Listen
Several people made speeches at the wedding.Listen
This family is very rich.Listen
Tanya has a pretty face.Listen
John is the winner of the school science competition.Listen
Mark wanted to kiss Mary, but she refused.Listen