New General Service List

the most important words for second language learners of English

Home to a wide range of free corpus-based word lists and tools for second language learners developed by Dr. Charles Browne, Dr. Brent Culligan and Joe Phillips.

Updated NGSL-SPOKEN (NGSL-S) version 1.2 released

The NGSL-S is a list of the most frequent words of spoken English which occur in the spoken sub-corpora of the NGSL. The 1.0 version was published in 2013 giving 90% coverage with 822 words. The 1.2 version which we uploaded to the site this morning, gives 90% coverage with 721 words. A link to the NGSL-S page is here. Like all our lists, they are open-source and free to use as long as you cite us properly. Free downloadable include alphabetized, lemmatized and frequency-ranked versions of the list. Definitions for all words in easy English is also provided. 

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