This list of vocabulary words is aimed at middle schoolers (native speakers ages 11-14) – that means that none of these words is "fancy". Click on any word on the list to go to its sound button and make sure you can pronounce it correctly. If you don't know the word, use this great tool to learn it. Check out the definitions, usage examples from the press, word families, synonyms and antonyms. You can even choose to view usage examples by sector such as business, sports, science, technology, arts and culture.
Tell me, what percentage (25-50-75-100) of these words do you already know and use? What percentage have you never seen, but can understand thanks to the context and your native language? (Hurray for Greek and Latin roots!)
If you don't know at least 75% well, you're not reading enough in English. More on this later.