There are thousands of Spanish words, and it would take a lot of time to learn all of them. But even native speakers don’t know all the words of their own language. In fact, studies have shown that we only use about 1,000 words in our day-to-day conversation, and half of that is only from the 100 most common words. So, that seems very doable, right? You can learn 100 Spanish words! And without a doubt, you can communicate pretty well just using simple words and phrases. So in this section, we’re going to learn some essential daily vocabulary.
If you don’t know how to pronounce something, don’t worry: you’ll find an audio pronunciation guide, or can check out one of our short videos of Spanish tips with Stephanie, one of our online Spanish teachers.
Remember that we focus on Latin American Spanish, and within Latin America, each country has some of its own vocabulary words. For example, in most Latin American countries, the word for avocado is aguacate, but in Argentina, they say palta. And it can happen that the same word means different things depending on the country—for example, in Mexico, torta means sandwich, but in most of Latin America, it means cake.
Here we’re going to learn a neutral Spanish vocabulary, so you can be understood wherever you go. If you want to know some more everyday expression from different countries, see Spanish Slang under Spanish Phrases.