Word List Categories

The reading help offered in this tutorial offers word list categories to help low-literacy learners conduct reading practice online.

Word List Categories


Action (Part 1)
beingfoundhassaidthink
camegethavesaythrough
closegivekeepsettook
comegoopenshowtry
doesgotowntakeuse
findgrowputtellwent

Action (Part 2)
appeardecidedgavereservedstood
becamedescribekeptseparatetoward
becomediedlayshoutedwar
bitfallmarksitwear
bringfilledpresentsleep
coveredfinishedreachedstand

Adjectives
againstcarefulhardothersuddenly
alonecommonmainquicklything
anythingdeepmiddlerealworse
baddifferentmostsameworst
besteasymuchsimpleyoung
betterfragilenamesoft
busygoodoldspecial

Art
actdancemadepaintskills
artdrawmakepicturesong
beautifuldrawingmusicpiece
beautygreatnewsing

Body
armsearsfingersheadskin
backeyefootheart
bodyfacehairlegs
chestfeethandmouth

Buildings
apartmentcleanersfloorroomsupermarket
builddoorgaragestairswall
buildingelevatorhotelstairwaywindow
churchentrancehousestore

Commands
cannotdon'tmustremainstay
can'tlet'snoreturnstop
decidelistennowstart

Communication
agreehearlistensentvoice
callhintmessagetalkyell
chatinterviewopiniontell
emaillanguagephonetext
explainlaughpromiseunderstand

Conversation (Part 1)
aareeachnotthen
aboutasforofthese
allbehadsothis
ambecauseisthanto
anbeenitthatwas
andbutitsthewith

Conversation (Part 2)
alreadyeitherit'sseemvery
alsoelsejustsomethingwhile
althougheverohsuchwithin
alwayseveryonlythosewithout
couldn'teverythingprobablythoughyes
didn'thoweverquitetooyet

Danger
accidentburningdangerfiretrouble
acidcautiondiedflammablevirus
alarmcigarettesexplosivespoisonwarning
brokencombustiblefightstopwild

Direction
aroundeastleftonup
awayendmileoutway
byenternearoverwest
centerentrancenextright
directionfarnorthsouth
directionsfrontnorthboundsouthbound
downinoffturn

Education
answercourseinformationschoolteacher
askdictionarylanguageskillstest
bookEnglishlearnspelltraining
classexampleliststudents
collegeFrenchnotesstudy
completehistoryquestionsubject
correctidearememberteach

Electrical & Mechanical
builtelevatorlightplugtelevision
controlsenergymachinepowerwire
dryerenginematerialradio
electrickeypipeswitch

Emotions
angrygoodlovescaredwant
carehappymadsmilewell
cryhopemeanstatewish
feelinginterestedmissstrange
feltlaughneedsurprise
finelikepartyupset

Family
auntdaughterhusbandMs.wife
babyfamilymarriedparents
boyfathermisssister
brothergirlmotherson
childGodMr.spouse
childrengrandparentsMrs.uncle

Financial
amountchargediscountpaymentsave
ATMcheckduepoorstatement
bankcollectfreepricetax
billcostgoldreceipt
buycountleaserefund
cashcouponmoneyrent
centsdepositpaysale

Food & Beverage
bakerydinerforkperishablespoon
bowldinnerglassplatesupper
breakfasteaticereservationwater
cafeteriaeggslunchreservations
cupfoodmilkrestaurant

Geography
Africadesertislandriverworld
Americaearthlakeroad
AsiaEnglandlandsea
AustraliaEuropemapstate
Chinafarmmountainstreet
cityforestoceantown
coasthillplainsvalley
countryIndiaregionvillage

Government
controlkingpowerstate
countrylawpresidenttax
decidenationrepresentvoice
governmentorderrightvote

Household
bedclosethatmoveshoes
boxclotheshomenewspaperssofa
cabinetdollhousepantsstove
chairdresslaundryroomtable
cleanhardwareliveshirtyard

Location & Place
abovebelowfromontop
acrossbesidegroundoutsideunder
almostbetweenhereplacewhere
areabottomhighsection
atdestinationinsideside
basedistancelocalsite
behindedgelowthere

Math
addequationmathproductsymbols
angleevenmoreresulttotal
countexactlymultiplyscale
decimalfractionnumbersign
differenceincreasepartsolve
divideleastpersubtract
equallessproblemsum

Medical
accidentcutexplainmedicinereport
admissiondentisthelpnaturalsick
ambulancedoctorhospitalnursewithdrawal
casedrugsinstrumentsoxygen
confidentialemergencykilledpractice

Movement & Motion
crossgonepressrisewalk
directintopullrollwash
dryjoinpushstep
enterlostraisestick
fallparkrantow
followpickrinsevisit

Numbers
eighthundrednineseventhousand
firstlastnumbersixthree
fivemiddleonetentwo
fourmillionsecondthird

Occupations
aidedrivermanagerpresidentteacher
cashierfarmermechanicreceptionistworker
dentistfirefighternursescientistwriter
doctorjobpolicesoldier

Office
ablecopyformofficerepresent
businessdesignimportantpapersent
canceldeskjobpleasesupplies
certaindirectmeetquietsystem
closedemployermeetingreceivedwork

People
agehermaleselfwe
bothhimmanshewoman
captainhimselfmesomeoneyou
everyonehismembertheiryour
femalehumanmenthemyou're
friendImythemselvesyourself
gentlemenI'llourthey
groupladiespeopletogether
heladypersonus

Plants & Animals
animalfishhorserootswater
bearflowerspetseedswood
birdforestplantsoil
catgardenproducetail
doggrassrabbittree

Quantity
allemptylessmostseveral
amountenoughlittlemuchsingle
anotherfewlotnonesome
anyfullmanynothingwhole
couplehalfmorepair

Questions
canifposewerewhy
chooseinsteadpossiblewhatwill
couldletreallywhenwonder
didmayshouldwhetherwould
domaybespeakwhich
happenedmightstillwho
howorsurewhose

Science
causeexistsmeasureproofscientist
cellsexperimentmetalprovespace
containsfactmethodquestionstars
developedforcemoonreasonstone
discoveredironobjectrecordsun
earthknowplanetrocksurface
effectlifepowerscience

Shapes & Colors
blackcircledeeplightshape
bluecleargoldpatternsquare
brightcolorgreenredstraight
browndarkholeroundwhite

Sports
ballcaughtheldraceserve
beatclimbedholdranskateboard
bestdropjumpedreadyspeed
breakexerciselinereststrong
callfastpassedruleteam
carryfieldplayrun
catchgamepracticesail

Technology
browsedownloadlaptopnetworkswitch
cableemaillinkonlinevideo
cellfilemobilepasswordweb
computerinternetmonitorphonewebsite
digitalkeyboardmousesearchwireless

Thinking & Sensing
believeideanoticetastewatch
feelknowplanthinkwonder
figurelistenseethought
forgetlooksoundtouch
hearmindsupposetrue

Time
afterduringmorningsinceweekend
againearlyneverslowlyyear
agofinallynightsometimes
beforefirstnowsoon
beginhoursoftentime
centurylastoncetoday
continuedlaterpastuntil
dayminutesperiodusually
donemomentpointwait
monthscheduleweek

Transportation
bicycledeliveryleaveridetravel
boatdrivemoveshiptrip
broughtdriverpassengerssubwaytruck
busflypedestriansticketwalk
cabfuelplanetollwheels
cargasrailroadtrain

Weather
airdryskytemperaturewinter
changefallsnowwarm
cloudheatspringweather
coldhotstormwet
coolrainsummerwind

Weight & Size
bighugelightscaletall
feetincheslittleshorttiny
heavylargelongsizeweigh
heightlengthpoundssmallwide
yard

Writing
booknotebookpensentencewriter
diarynotespencilstorywrote
expresspageprivatetype
includepaperreadword
letterparagraphsecretwrite