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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.

DOWNLOADABLE DEFINITION SETS FOR NGSL AND NAWL:

From this page you can download several different sets of definitions for the NGSL and NAWL as follows. All are copyright-free definitions written in easy English (or Japanese) specifically for these lists and are shared with you to use as you like (though we ask as always that you properly cite us as shown in the FAQ page). Please let us know about any new sets you develop so we can share it with others.

1) NGSL 1.01 with definitions in English and Japanese and part of speech that were developed by Dr. Charles Browne and Dr. Rob Waring for the free iPhone Flashcard app called NGSL Builder can be downloaded here

2) NAWL with definitions in English and Japanese and part of speech that were developed by Dr. Charles Browne and Dr. Rob Waring for the free iPhone Flashcard app called NAWL Builder can be downloaded here

3) NAWL 1.01 with definitions in English and Japanese and part of speech developed for Paul Raines iPhone app called Word Ninja can be downloaded here.

4) NGSL 1.0 with definitions in English can be downloaded here. This work was a combination of GSL definitions made by Dr. Charles Browne for the original GSL Builder App and then expanded to cover additional NGSL words through the hard work of Jeffrey Hanks.