Having an expansive vocabulary not only helps your reading comprehension but can also make you seem more intelligent and engaging in casual conversations. If you haven’t already been learning new English words and picking up brand new phrases consistently, there’s no better time to start than now.
This vocabulary word guide for English speaking learners will review some of the top words you should know this year, examine their meaning, and investigate the best methods for pronouncing them accurately. Nothing is worse than trying to sneak a vocabulary word into a conversation and mispronouncing it!
Fortunately, you’ll learn how to avoid this type of situation entirely by using text-to-speech (TTS) tools like Speechify and virtual flashcards to help you properly pronounce every vocabulary word before speaking it out loud.
Whether you’re a native English speaker, a high school student who just won the spelling bee, or someone just learning English and English listening, learning these words is in your best interest.
If you’re ready to dive in and improve your English vocabulary, let’s start going through the list and covering the top vocabulary words of the year from start to finish.
Pronunciation: [ ser-uhn-dip-i-tee ]
Definition: “ an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.  good fortune; luck.”
We’ve all likely had a “serendipitous moment” in our lives at one point or another, one where we continuously make desirable discoveries and feel like luck is on our side. Most people have likely heard this word used in casual conversations or speeches in the past, but it’s an essential vocabulary word to know and understand this coming year.
To pronounce serendipity correctly, consider using Speechify to read the word aloud and take note of its pronunciation. By using a TTS tool, you’ll ensure that you’ll be pronouncing it correctly in your next conversation.
Pronunciation: [ keen ]
Definition: “ finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily.  characterized by strength and distinctness of perception; extremely sensitive or responsive.”
Words like keen have multiple definitions, but one of the most common is a finely sharpened edge (i.e., “a keen razor”) or a distinct strength in perception (i.e., “a keen sense of smell”).
When out and about your everyday life, you can use “keen” to describe something that’s sharp or shows great mental acumen.It’s the perfect word to use in English conversations, especially if you’re trying to use new words and improve your basic vocabulary.
This word is much easier to pronounce than others on this list, but we recommend running it through Speechify to ensure you have the pronunciation down.
Pronunciation: [ doo-bee-uhs, dyoo- ]
Definition: “ doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt.  of uncertain outcome.”
Dubious is another word you’ve likely heard used in the past, especially when describing something uncertain or doubtful. Why not start using this word in your own conversations, especially when the perfect situation arises for when you can use “dubious” in a sentence?
The best synonym for dubious is “doubtful,” and this is one of those words that most word lists would have as essential to know, including this vocabulary list.
Plug “dubious” into Speechify to hear how it’s pronounced, and if you need more clarity, replay the TTS output several times until you know exactly how it’s pronounced.
Pronunciation: [ soo-suh-rey-shuhn ]
Definition: “ a soft murmur; whisper.”
Now here’s a word you don’t hear very often – “susurration.” If you want to impress your friends, colleagues, or coworkers, next time you’re trying to keep your voices down, you can tell them how you’re “uttering a susurration.”
Compared to the words we’ve looked at up to this point, this isn’t a vocabulary word you’ll hear on a frequent basis. To ensure you’re absorbing the right pronunciation, listen to “susurration” in a text-to-speech (TTS) tool like Speechify.
Pronunciation: [ on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐ ]
Definition: “ the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.”
If you’ve ever taken English grammar classes, you’ve likely heard the word “onomatopoeia” mentioned at one point or another. In short, this vocabulary word refers to words that are meant to imitate sound, like “boom,” “meow,” or “honk.”
Compared to the other words we’ve covered so far, this is one of the most challenging vocabulary words on the list, and its pronunciation can be tricky if you’ve never heard it said out loud before. Input “onomatopoeia” into Speechify to hear exactly how it should be pronounced.
6. Corpus callosum
Pronunciation: [ kawr-puhs kuh-loh-suhm ]
Definition: “ a great band of deeply situated transverse white fibers uniting the two halves of the cerebrum in humans and other mammals.”
Ready to take your vocabulary to the level of a doctor or physician? You’ll be well on your way by learning what “corpus callosum” means!For most, this is a new vocabulary word that’s not usually a part of common words spoken in the English language on a daily basis. This is a word you’d picture someone with an advanced vocabulary uttering, not someone trying to learn English or speak English for the first time.
To put it simply, the “corpus callosum” is a large bundle of nerve fibers, over 200 million to be exact, that connects the right and left hemispheres of your brain, allowing them to communicate with each other.
Enter this vocabulary word into Speechify to hear how it’s pronounced out loud.
Pronunciation: [ tooth-suhm ]
Definition: “ pleasing to the taste; palatable.  pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.”
When something or someone is toothsome, it is said to be pleasing or desirable. This desire can be in the form of taste, such as with food, or with an attraction towards the person or thing, such as an attraction to fame or power, or a sexual attraction to an individual.
Next time you find something pleasing or desirable, consider calling it toothsome. You might get some weird looks, but you’ll solidify your vocabulary with the crowd.
Even though “toothsome” isn’t the most difficult word to pronounce, we recommend running it through Speechify to hear the proper pronunciation.
Pronunciation: [ bib-lee-uh-fahyl, -fil ]
Definition: “ a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like.”
We all know of people who collect antiques, art, collectibles, or even stamps, but have you ever heard of someone who collects fine or unusual books? If you have any book collectors in your life, you can start calling them bibliophiles – they may even appreciate the fact that you know the term.
Input “bibliophile” into Speechify to hear how it is pronounced out loud and to ensure you’re using the correct pronunciation on each syllable.
Pronunciation: [ azh-er ]
Definition: “ of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky.  the blue of a clear or unclouded sky.”
While “azure” may seem like a simple word, it is frequently mispronounced. It describes a light, purplish blue color, similar to what you would see on a day when no clouds are present.
If there was any word from this list that you should listen to in Speechify, “azure” should be at the top of your list.
Pronunciation: [ hahy-dreyn-juh, -jee-uh, -dran- ]
Definition: “ any shrub belonging to the genus Hydrangea, of the saxifrage family, several species of which are cultivated for their large, showy flower clusters of white, pink, or blue.”
If you know your flowers, you’ll very likely be familiar with “hydrangeas.” Unfortunately, many still don’t know how to pronounce this vocabulary word correctly, and you should ensure you have the right pronunciation in mind if you’re considering using it in the near future.
Run “hydrangea” through a TTS tool like Speechify to hear how it should sound.
Pronunciation: [ is-muhs ]
Definition: “ a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of land.  Anatomy, Zoology. a connecting, usually narrow, part, organ, or passage, especially when joining structures or cavities larger than itself.”
“Isthmus” can be a tricky word to pronounce due to the silent letter “t” at the beginning of the word. By definition, an isthmus is a narrow strip of land surrounded by water on both sides, connecting two larger bodies of land together.
Run “isthmus” through Speechify to hear how you pronounce it out loud.
Additional vocab words
If you’re looking for some more vocabulary words that you can learn the definitions of and explore on your own time, here are some additional words to consider:
Online language tool Babbel reports that English is the most spoken language in the world, with a number of speakers totaling more than 1.4 billion in 2022, according to Statistic & Data. This combines both native and non-native speakers.
- Buy your child a notebook (one that will last!) ...
- Buy your child a children's dictionary. ...
- Encourage your child to use the words they are learning. ...
- Do not simplify your language when speaking to your child. ...
- Read with your child.
- English (1,132 million speakers)
- Mandarin (1,117 million speakers)
- Hindi (615 million speakers)
- Spanish (534 million speakers)
- French (280 million speakers)
- Arabic (274 million speakers)
- Russian (258 million speakers)
- Portuguese (234 million speakers)
- English – 1,121 million speakers. ...
- Mandarin Chinese – 1,107 million speakers. ...
- Hindi – 698 million speakers. ...
- Spanish – 512 million speakers. ...
- French – 284 million speakers. ...
- Arabic – 273 million speakers. ...
- Bengali – 265 million inhabitants. ...
- Russian – 258 million speakers.
- Anachronism. An anachronism is something (or someone) that is out of place in terms of time or chronology. ...
- Accismus. A form of irony in which someone feigns indifference to something he or she desires. ...
- Cacophony. ...
- Draconian. ...
- Limerence. ...
- Pareidolia. ...
- Riposte. ...
- Develop a reading habit. Vocabulary building is easiest when you encounter words in context. ...
- Use the dictionary and thesaurus. ...
- Play word games. ...
- Use flashcards. ...
- Subscribe to “word of the day” feeds. ...
- Use mnemonics. ...
- Practice using new words in conversation.
- Literally. If you know a language purist, watch out. ...
- Ironic. Here is a word that has confused almost all English speakers – native or otherwise. ...
- Irregardless (instead of regardless) ...
- Whom. ...
- Colonel. ...
- Nonplussed. ...
- Disinterested. ...
Arabic. When it comes to the most beautiful written language, Arabic has to be a strong contender. The beautiful cursive script has an inherent artfulness to it. And the beauty of Arabic writing is only compounded by the language's long poetic tradition.
Currently, these are the 10 most spoken languages in the world in 2022, sorted by number of mother language speakers: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Yue chinese, Vietnamese.Which language is very famous? ›
It comes as no surprise that English reigns supreme, with over 1.1 billion total speakers—or roughly 15% of the global population. Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, and French round out the top five.
A major uniqueness of Arabic language lies in its richness. While English, French, and Russian languages have around 500,000 words, 150,000 words, and 130,000 words in its vocabulary respectively, Arabic language has 12,3 million words in its own, making it the richest language in vocabulary, by far.What is the most powerful language? ›
- Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin is the most widely spoken native language with almost one billion native speakers – more than Spanish and English combined. ...
- French. ...
- Spanish. ...
- Arabic. ...
- German. ...
- Japanese. ...
- Portuguese. ...
- Cross-cultural learning at ESCP.
Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic (52 letters) In the 17th century, Dr. Edward Strother coined the 52-letter word aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic. The word is used to describe the spa waters in Bath, England.What is the 2 longest word in English? ›
- 1 Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (forty-five letters): ...
- 2 Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (thirty letters): ...
- 3 Floccinaucinihilipilification (twenty-nine letters): ...
- 4 Antidisestablishmentarianism (twenty-eight letters):
- Archaic (adjective) Definition: very old or old fashioned. ...
- Zephyr (noun) Definition: a brief gusty wind. ...
- Quiescent (adjective) Definition: peacefulness, dormant, inactive. ...
- Plethora (noun) Definition: excess, a large amount. ...
- Degust (verb) ...
- Poignant (adjective) ...
- Abate (verb) ...
- Sycophant (noun)
- Resourceful — able to deal skillfully with new situations.
- Prompt — quick or alert.
- Sagacious — having or showing keen mental discernment or judgment; shrewd.
- Canny — astute and skilled.
- Astute — very clever and sometimes cunning.
30 in words is written as “Thirty”.
- atrocity. an act of shocking cruelty.
- fanatical. marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea.
- pensive. deeply or seriously thoughtful.
- respite. a pause from doing something.
- discordant. not in agreement or harmony.
- eloquent. ...
- encompass. ...
Thus, 45 in words is written as Forty-five.Can reading improve vocabulary? ›
Reading Grows Your Vocabulary
It's much easier to learn vocabulary from a book than from memorizing words in the dictionary. That's because you're learning the words contextually. The words make sense within the context of what you're reading so it makes it easier to remember later.
- Keep an organised vocabulary notebook.
- Look at the words again after 24 hours, after one week and after one month.
- Read, read, read. ...
- Use the new words. ...
- Do word puzzles and games like crosswords, anagrams and wordsearches.
- Make word cards and take them with you. ...
- Learn words with a friend.
- STUDY FOR TEN TO TWENTY MINUTES. Set a realistic target daily and stick to it. ...
- GET A VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK. Keep all the things you've learned in one place. ...
- NEVER LEARN A WORD IN ISOLATION. ...
- WRITE THREE OR FOUR OF YOUR OWN EXAMPLES.
Word of the Day: prerogative.How can I make my vocabulary more intelligent? ›
Read Anything (It Doesn't Have To Be Shakespeare)
The important thing is just that you read–and doing so will automatically increase your vocabulary. “What we read is not nearly as important as being in the habit of reading,” says McKnight. “Read for pleasure, read what you enjoy.
- pick. phone.
- Rural. ...
- Sixth. ...
- Sesquipedalian. ...
- Phenomenon. ...
- Onomatopoeia. ...
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. ...
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Accommodate. “Accommodate” was the most commonly misspelled word on both Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com in 2021. Kelly believes this word tops both lists because it's so hard to remember that both the C and the M are doubled. With both consonants doubled like that, it almost looks wrong, but it's correct.
- Coolly (common misspelling: Cooly)
- Minuscule (common misspelling: Miniscule)
- Sergeant (common misspelling: Sargent)
- Liaison (common misspelling: Liason)
- Protester (common misspelling: Protestor)
- Supersede (common misspelling: Supercede)
Q: What starts with "P", ends with "E", and has millions of letters? A: The "Post Office"!
The shortest word is a. Some might wonder about the word I since it consists of one letter, too. In sound, a is shorter because it is a monophthong (consists of one vowel), while I is a diphthong. Both do consist of one letter in the English writing system, and in most fonts I is the narrowest letter.What is the longest Japanese word? ›
A funny phrase in japanese is “toragahitowokamoutosurutokinounarinow” 虎が人を噛もうとするときのうなり声。 It is 37 letters long and is comprised of a 17 syllables. It is a very odd phrase, as it is defined as “the growl a tiger makes when it is about to about to bite someone”.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word entered in the most trusted English dictionaries.What is tricky vocabulary? ›
Tricky words are words that early readers will struggle with. This might be because they have unusual spellings, contain new sounds and graphemes or don't follow ordinary phonemic rules.
Answer and Explanation: 'The' is the most used word in the English-speaking world because it's an essential part of grammar and communication. It would be difficult to speak English without repeatedly using 'the. ' Other frequently used words include 'of,' 'to,' 'and' and 'a.What is the most spoken word on earth? ›
Sometimes it's spelled out—“okay”—and sometimes just two letters are used: “OK.” Other times, periods separate the two letters: “O.K.” I'm a syntactician, which means that I'm someone who looks at the structure of language. I also study words and how they change over time.
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- Think about your values, intentions and goals for 2022. There's a difference between values, intentions and goals. ...
- Brainstorm. At this stage, look back through your notes. ...
- Make a Vision Board. ...
- Live your Word.
The shortest word is a. Some might wonder about the word I since it consists of one letter, too. In sound, a is shorter because it is a monophthong (consists of one vowel), while I is a diphthong. Both do consist of one letter in the English writing system, and in most fonts I is the narrowest letter.
|1. the||21. at||81. my|
|2. of||22. be||82. than|
|3. and||23. this||83. first|
|4. a||24. have||84. water|
|5. to||25. from||85. been|
A loquacious person talks a lot, often about stuff that only they think is interesting. You can also call them chatty or gabby, but either way, they're loquacious.
- abate: reduce or lesson.
- abdicate: give up a position.
- aberration: something unusual, different from the norm.
- abhor: to really hate.
- abstain: to refrain from doing something.
- adversity: hardship, misfortune.
- aesthetic: pertaining to beauty.
- amicable: agreeable.
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So, let us expand these digits as per the place values and combine the results to get the final number. Therefore, 18 in words = Eighteen. Thus, the word form of 18 is Eighteen.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
12 in words is written as Twelve.
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