I need at least the first 10 000 most commonly used words, but more would be better.

It’s not a problem if the list is a little imprecise.

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    Look here if this helps: simple.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/… – user067531 Mar 5 '16 at 12:23
  • FYI, we can't address requests for resources like word lists on the main page, but it might be ok on the English Language & Usage Meta site. I've voted to move your question there. Either way, it will be closed here (on Main), so people are likely to offer advice and solutions in the comments. Keep your eye on the comments. – Dan Bron Mar 5 '16 at 12:26
  • @DanBron I also wondered about whether it was on-topic. It's relevant to the Usage part of ELU (sort of) and I managed to find a list without too much hassle, so I've posted an answer. – Lawrence Mar 5 '16 at 12:36
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    @Lawrence Haha, you were commenting to me as I was commenting to you. – Dan Bron Mar 5 '16 at 12:38
  • @Lawrence Just FYR. Our help center is not specific about it, but English Language Learner's help center states specifically it is off-topic: Requests for resources (we have a Resources List on Meta which you might find useful). I think it is not mentioned here because it is close to general reference question. – user140086 Mar 5 '16 at 12:45

The site claims to have "the most accurate one available", based on the Corpus of Contemporary American English:

You can now freely download a list of the top 5000 words/lemmas from the 450 million word Corpus of Contemporary American English, which is the only large and balanced corpus of American English. Although there are many word and frequency lists of English on the web, we believe that this list is the most accurate one available ... - wordfrequency.info

Here's a link to the list referenced from the linked page: link.

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    Hey, neat! I'll be able to use this. Thank you! But in the future, I'd suggest you refrain from answering "resource request" questions until they're properly moved to Meta. Answering off-topic questions on the main site sends the wrong message to the user-base. Anyway, I'll give you a +1 when the question is moved. – Dan Bron Mar 5 '16 at 12:37
  • @Dan Bron 'Answering off-topic questions on the main site sends the wrong message to the user-base.' Wonderfully put. Nicked. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 5 '16 at 14:02
  • I feel rather hypocritical not upvoting this very useful answer (albeit to an off-topic question). – Edwin Ashworth Mar 5 '16 at 14:15
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    Thanks @EdwinAshworth, (likewise, Dan and Rathony) I appreciate your comments, for and against. Perhaps we could explore both the down-vote and reference-question issues further in meta at some other time. I think there's scope for reconsideration of these policies, but if I do, I'd first need to more fully consider the weight of the existing posts on the matters. I'd like to leave this answer standing because the link is of interest to me personally, but I'll delete it upon request. The question itself is closed. – Lawrence Mar 5 '16 at 17:27
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    @DanBron Please refer to my closing comment above. – Lawrence Mar 5 '16 at 17:28

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