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Talk a Lot Foundation Course The 100 Most Common Words in Written English The Oxford University list of the top 100 high-frequency words in written English is based on an analysis of the Oxford English Corpus, which is a collection of texts in English that has a combined total of over one billion words. This analysis was done by Oxford Online, in association with the Oxford English Dictionary. Of these top 100 words, 60 are function words, including all but 2 of the top 30 words! “the” is the most common word in written English. From Wikipedia: “Note that the items listed may represent more than one actual word; they are lemmas. For instance the entry “be” contains within it the occurrences of “are”, “is”, “were”, and “was”. Note also that these top 100 lemmas listed below account for 50% of all the words in the Oxford English Corpus.” [emphasis mine] Source:, accessed on 04.04.2011 Function words are highlighted and weak forms (where possible) are shown with the Clear Alphabet: 1. the th 2. be bi 3. to t 4. of uhv 5. and uhn 6. a uh 7. in 8. that th_ 9. have uhv 10. I uh 11. it i_ 12. for f 13. not 14. on 15. with w 16. he i 17. as uhz 18. you y 19. do d 20. at uh_ 21. this 22. but b_ 23. his iz 24. by b 25. from frm 26. they th 27. we w 28. say 29. her uh 30. she sh 31. or uh 32. an uhn 33. will uhl 34. my m 35. one 36. all 37. would wd 38. there th 39. their th 40. what 41. so 42. up 43. out au_ 44. if uhf 45. about uh bau_ 46. who 47. get 48. which 49. go 50. me mi 51. when 52. make 53. can kn 54. like 55. time 56. no 57. just 58. him im 59. know 60. take 61. person 62. into 63. year 64. your y 65. good 66. some sm 67. could kd 68. them thm 69. see 70. other 71. than thn 72. then 73. now 74. look 75. only 76. come 77. its uh_s 78. over 79. think 80. also 81. back 82. after 83. use 84. two 85. how 86. our ar 87. work 88. first 89. well 90. way 91. even 92. new 93. want 94. because b kz 95. any uh nii 96. these 97. give 98. day 99. most 100. us uhz Talk a Lot Foundation Course English Lesson 3 Page 9 187

Talk a Lot Foundation Course Role Play with the Clear Alphabet 1 Mei king Planz A lis: Hai, Tom! Hau zi_ Geu win? Tom: Fain! uhn joo? A lis: Eu, wai Vgo_ Leu ts Vheum wer kt Doo. Tom: Ye, mee Too. uh y g n Fi ni shi_ Or lon Taim? A lis: uh Deun_ Neu. uh Heu pseu! Tom: s m v s Geu wing t th Si n mar Lei_ uh. j Won_ uh Joy ns? y Wel k mi fy Wo n. A lis: Ar, So rii To, mai karn_ t Nai_. ai Pro mi smai Fren dai Tstu dii wi th. May bii y_ th wee Kend? Wo_ ch Thingk? Tom: Shor! E nii Tai, Mei_! uhl Te ksch. See y! For more fun worksheets, games, and quizzes log onto now! Talk a Lot Foundation Course English Lesson 2 Page 8 188

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