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.

Laurence Anthony adds the NGSL and NAWL to his excellent (and free!) AntWordProfiler tool. AntWordProfiler allows you to quickly and easily calculate the coverage a word list provides of any given text you might have a digital filer for. We have broken up the NGSL into 3 levels to match the way most people use the original 1953 GSL, 1-1000, 1001-2000 and 2001-2818. Thank you Laurence for your hard work and support of our field!