There are words that are used the most often: the most common words.  These should be part of the first words that you work to learn in English.  Officially “Basic English” is a formal set of rules and vocabulary – but the word lists are helpful starters.

Sixteen verbs used in Basic English:

be • do • have • come • go • give • take • see •

seem • send • keep • make • say • let • get • put

Top 100 operative words:

come • get • give • go • keep • let • make • put •

seem • take • be • do • have • say • see • send •

may • will • about • across • after • against • among • at •

before • between • by • down • from • in • off • on • over •

through • to • under • up • with • as • for • of • till • than

a • the • all • any • every • little • much • no • other •

some • such • that • this • I • he • you • who • and • because •

but • or • if • though • while • how • when • where • why

again • ever • far • forward • here • near • now • out •

still • then • there • together • well • almost • enough • even •

not • only • quite • so • very • tomorrow • yesterday

north • south • east • west • please • yes

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