250 most common Spanish words

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ato, at
acuerdoagreement, contract, accordance
ademásin addition, besides
aguawater
ahoranow, right now, nowadays
alto the, at the
algosomething, somewhat
algunossome, a few
alláthere, in that place
añoyear
añosyears
antein front of, in the face of, (standing) before, facing
antesbefore
aquíhere
asíso, therefore, like this, like that
aúnstill, yet
aunquealthough, even though
ayeryesterday
bajolow, under, bass
bienwell, fine
cadaeach
cambiochange
casahouse
casialmost
casocase, event
centrocenter
ciudadcity
comolike, as
cómohow
conwith
contraagainst
cosasthings
cualwhich, in the manner of, as
cualquierany, whichever
cuandowhen
cuatrofour
cuentaaccount [darse cuenta = to realize]
cuerpobody
deof, from, belonging to
debeshould [debe de = ought]
decirto say, saying
delof the, from the
dentroinside, within
desarrollodevelopment
desdesince, from
despuésafterwards [después de = after]
díaday
díasdays
dicesays
dijosaid
dondewhere
dostwo
duranteduring
eand
ejemploexample
elthe
élhe, it (m.)
ellashe, it (f.)
elloit (n.)
ellosthey (m.)
embargosin embargo = however, nevertheless
enin, at, inside
entoncesthen
entrebetween
erawas, used to be, was being [characteristic]
eranwere, used to be, were being [characteristic] [they]
esis, are [characteristic]
esathat (f.), that one
esethat (m.), that one
esothat (n.), that one
EspañaSpain
estathis (f.), this one
estáis, are [stage]
estabawas, were [stage]
estadobeen [stage]; state
estadosstates
estánare [stage] [they]
estarto be [stage], being
estasthese (f.)
estethis (m.), this one
estothis (n.)
estosthese (m.)
finend
finalfinal, ending
formaform
frentefront (m.), forehead (f.)
fuewas [characteristic], went
fueramight have been [characteristic], might have gone
fueronwere [characteristic] [they], went [they]
generalgeneral
gentepeople [la gente = the people]
gobiernogovernment
grangreat, big
grandesbig
grupogroup
guerrawar
hahas, have [aux. verb]
haberto have [aux. verb], having
habíathere was, there were, had [aux. verb]
habíanhad [aux. verb] [they]
hacemakes, make, does, do
hacerto make, making, to do, doing
haciatowards
hanhave [aux. verb] [they]
hastauntil, as far as, up to
haythere is, there are
hehave [aux. verb] [I]
hechodone, fact
historiahistory
hizomade, did
hombreman
horashours
hoytoday
importanteimportant
JoséJosé (Joseph)
JuanJuan (John)
lathe (f.)
ladoside
lasthe (f.)
leto him, for him, to her, for her, to you, for you
lesto them, for them
leylaw
loit, that
losthe (m.), them (m.)
luegothen, afterwards
lugarplace
MadridMadrid
maneraway
manohand (f.)
másmore
mayorolder, greater
meto me, for me
mediomiddle, medium [los medios = the media]
mejorbetter
menosless
mimy
me
mientraswhile
millonesmillions
mismasame, same one (f.)
mismosame, same one (m.)
momentomoment
muchomuch, a lot
muchosmany (m.)
mujerwoman
mundoworld [todo el mundo = everybody]
muyvery
nacionalnational
nadanothing, anything
nadienobody, no one, anybody, anyone
nineither, nor
nonot, no
nochenight
nosto us, for us [indirect object]; us [direct object]
nuestraour (f.)
nuestroour (m.)
nuevanew (f.)
nuevonew (m.)
númeronumber
nuncanever, ever
oeither, or
otraother (f.)
otrasothers (f.)
otroother (m.)
otrosothers (m.)
padrefather
paíscountry
paísescountries
parafor [ends], in order to
pareceseems, seem
partepart
partidoparty [politics], game [sports]
pasadopast
perobut
personaspersons, people
pocolittle, not very
poderto be able to, power
políticapolitics
porfor [means], along, through, in exchange for
porquebecause
posiblepossible
presidentepresident
primerfirst (m.) [before noun]
primerafirst (f.)
procesoprocess, trial
puedecan, is able to, are able to
puedenare able to [they]
pueswell, then
puntopoint
quethat, which, who, than
quéwhat
quienwho
realidadreality
relaciónrelationship, relation(s), connection
San _____Saint _____ (m.)
seyourself, himself, herself, itself, yourselves, themselves; is/are _____-ed [passive voice]
seamight be
segúnaccording to, depending on
sentidosense
serto be [characteristic], being
seráwill be [characteristic]
siif
yes
sidobeen [characteristic]
siemprealways
sinwithout
sinobut (rather), only
sistemasystem
situaciónsituation
sobreon, on top of, above
socialsocial
sociedadsociety
sóloonly
sonare [characteristic] [they]
suhis, her, your, their [s.]
sushis, her, your, their [pl.]
talsuch
tambiénalso
tanso
tantoso much
tardelate, afternoon, evening
teto you, for you
tenerto have, having
teníahad, used to have, was having
tiempotime, weather
tienehas, have
tienenhave [they]
tipotype, kind, guy
todaall of (f.)
todasall of them (f.)
todoall of (m.)
todosall of them (m.), everybody
trabajowork
trasafter, behind
tresthree
tuyour
una, an, one (m./f.) [before noun]
unaa, an, one (f.)
unassome (f.)
unoone (m.)
unossome (m.)
ustedyou [formal]
vagoes, go
vecestimes [occasions]
verto see, seeing
veztime [occasion]
vidalife
yand
yaalready [ya no = no longer]
yoI


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