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.

EnglishCentral now using all 5 NGSL word lists, an online learning platform that teaches English through authentic videos, has just adopted our 5 word lists (NGSL, NGSL-S, NAWL, BSL and TSL) both as a way to grade the difficulty of their 15,000+ videos as well as targets for contextualized learning. More information can be found here: