Learning English Vocabulary:
Actions (doing things)

Learning English vocabulary words is very important and one of the first things you need to learn is a lot of verbs - or action words. They describe things we do as well as how we feel. You may already know some of these words but there are a lot of verbs here so perhaps you will learn something new. If you need suggestions on how to learn English words and which ones to learn first, please check out the main vocabulary page here. There are also a many other vocabulary lists (with videos and pictures) for other subjects.

I've tried to pull together a lot of different pictures to help you remember these words.

Learning English vocabulary is easier when you also hear the words pronounced so the video provides a chance to hear and see each word. Be sure to speak out loud after the short pause to practice your pronunciation.

learning English vocabulary with video

Click the audio player below to hear the pronunciation.


Action words (verbs) with pictures

cry

read

cook

dance

watch television

take a bath

fight

jump

sing

drink

raise hand

listen to music

eat

throw

think

bounce (ball)

brush teeth

carry

chat / talk

climb

be scared / frightened

blow (nose)

brush (hair)

balance

rush / be late

go to bed

hug / embrace

exercise

kiss

love / be in love

laugh

skate

dress / get dressed

flush the toilet

feel sick / ill

measure

paint

look / look at

light

make a mistake

play music / play an instrument

wake-up

talk / listen

wash dishes

win / lose

wash hands

write

worry

clean

work

give / take

You will need to learn a lot of verbs to speak basic English. Click here for more general information about how to learn English words and for suggestions for dictionaries, graded readers and other resources to help build your vocabulary. It's also helpful to see words in context and each month I write an article in which I highlight and provide definitions and pronunciation guidance for many new words. If you haven't signed-up click here - you'll see a sample newsletter article as well.

Time to practice!  Leave me a comment below!

Learning English vocabulary takes practice and I hope this list was helpful. Do you know many of these words? What ways can you practice learning verbs? One suggestion is to say the verb when you're doing the action. You can print out this page and make flashcards with the picture on one side of the card. Which actions did you do today? Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

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