Learn English Vocabulary – Most Common Words in English – Lesson 1

In this free English vocabulary video lesson you’ll learn the most commonly used English words for everyday life with the help of carefully chosen pictures and example sentences for practical applications –  ability, able, be able to, abandon, abbey, abbreviate and abbreviation.


ability  /əˈbɪləti/   noun (plural abilities)

the power and knowledge to do something

e.g.        She has the ability to pass the exam, but she must work harder.

  She has the ability to pass the exam


able  /ˈeɪbl/          adjective

be able to    have the power and knowledge to do something

e.g.        Sarah is able to swim.

      You must be able to speak English for this job.

 Sarah is able to swim


abandon  /əˈbændən/   verb (abandons, abandoning, abandoned)

  1.    leave somebody or something completely

e.g.        He abandoned his car in the snow.

  1.    stop doing something before it is finished

e.g.        When the rain started, we abandoned our game.

He abandoned his car in the snow.


abbey  /ˈæbi/      noun (plural abbeys)

a building where religious men or women (called monks and nuns) live or lived

e.g.        There was a boom in the building of castles and abbeys.

abbey - Most common words in English


abbreviate  /əˈbriːvieɪt/         verb (abbreviates, abbreviating, abbreviated)

make a word shorter by not saying or writing some of the letters

e.g.        The word ‘telephone’ is often abbreviated to ‘phone’.



abbreviation  /əˌbriːviˈeɪʃn/       noun

a short form of a word

e.g.        TV is an abbreviation for ‘television’.




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