Examples sentences for the NGSL, NAWL and TSL

Here you can download example sentences containing words from the New General Service List (NGSL), New Academic Word List (NAWL) and TOEIC Service List (TSL).

Each zip file contains a separate directory for the following languages:

  • Arabic (NGSL/TSL only)
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (NGSL only)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean (NGSL only)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Each directory contains a CSV spreadsheet for each word of the corresponding word list:

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Each CSV spreadsheet contains two columns, the first containing the word in context (KWIC), and the second a translation of the sentence:

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Where possible, all conjugations of the word are included (e.g. accuse, accused, accusing, etc).


1. Example sentences are not available for every word. Some languages/word lists have more example sentences than others.

2. Sentences were run through a rudimentary “profanity filter” in an attempt to remove inappropriate content. However, as all sentences come from a crowd-sourced database, care should be taken when using these sentences for pedagogical purposes. The quality of the translation also varies for the same reason.

This data is available under a creative commons (CC BY) license, and is derived from the Tatoeba Corpus, which is distributed under the same license.

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