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List of common Cambridge Starters vocabulary

Pre A1 Starters Cambridge is the examination, within the Cambridge English Young Learners (YLE) system, which is specifically designed for primary school students. To assist learners in navigating this exam, FLYER offers a comprehensive compilation of frequently used vocabulary, at the Starters Cambridge level.

List of common Cambridge Starters vocabulary

1. 12 Cambridge Starters Cambridge Vocabulary Topics

TOPIC 1: AT THE ZOO

Vocabulary
bird
chicken
cow
elephant
crocodile
dog
duck
frog
giraffe
goat
hippo
horse
lizard
monkey
Mouse (singular)/mice (plural)
sheep
snake
spider
tiger
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “At the zoo”
Starters vocabulary topic At the zoo
Starters vocabulary topic At the zoo
Starters vocabulary topic At the zoo
Starters vocabulary topic At the zoo

TOPIC 2: AT THE CLOTHES SHOP

Vocabulary
Brown bag
Pink handbag
Green jeans
Purple classes
Black hat
Clothes
Blue jacket
Red T-shirt
Grey/gray trousers
Yellow shirt
Shoe
Sock
Watch
Orange dress
Angry man
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “At the clothes shop”
Starters vocabulary topic At the clothes shop
Starters vocabulary topic At the clothes shop
Starters vocabulary topic At the clothes shop
Starters vocabulary topic At the clothes shop

TOPIC 3: MY BODY

Vocabulary
arm
ear
eye
face
feet
foot
hair
hand
head
leg
mouth
nose
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “My body”
Starters vocabulary topic My body
Starters vocabulary topic My body

TOPIC 4: MY FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY

Vocabulary
Ms
Women
Sir
Children
Mrs
Give
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “My friend’s birthday”
Starters vocabulary topic My friends's birthday
Starters vocabulary topic My friend’s birthday

TOPIC 5: MY FAVORITE FOOD

Vocabulary
bread
breakfast
cake
candy/sweet(s)
carrot
chicken
chocolate
coconut
dinner
drink
fish
fruit
ice cream
lunch
milk 
onion
pineapple
rice
tomato
water
watermelon
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “My favorite food”
Starters vocabulary topic My favorite food
Starters vocabulary topic My favorite food

TOPIC 6: AT HOME

Vocabulary
apartment/flat
armchair
bath
bathroom
bed
bedroom
box
bookcase
clock
cupboard
dining room
garden
house/home
hall
kitchen
lamp
mat
mirror
painting
radio
sofa
television/TV
cat
living room
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “At home”
Starters vocabulary topic At home
Starters vocabulary topic At home
Starters vocabulary topic At home
Starters vocabulary topic At home

TOPIC 7: AT SCHOOL

Vocabulary
basketball
classroom
close
computer
class
draw/doing a draw
eraser/rubber
football/soccer
hockey
mouse
music
open
page
part
pen
pencil
ruler
tick
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “At school”
Starters vocabulary topic At school
Starters vocabulary topic At school
Starters vocabulary topic At school
Starters vocabulary topic At school

TOPIC 8: AT THE BEACH

Vocabulary
badminton
camera/take a photo
fishing
hit a ball/baseball
jump
kick a ball
kite
paint/painting
piano
sand
shell
sing a song
sun 
swim
table tennis
tennis
throw a ball/catch a ball
walk
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “At the beach”
Starters vocabulary topic At the beach
Starters vocabulary topic At the beach
Starters vocabulary topic At the beach
Starters vocabulary topic At the beach

TOPIC 9: MY STREET

Vocabulary
bike
bookshop
bus
car
helicopter
lorry/truck
motorbike
park
plane
run
shop/store
stop/go
train
tree
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “My street”
Starters vocabulary topic My street
Starters vocabulary topic My street
Starters vocabulary topic My street
Starters vocabulary topic My street

TOPIC 10: WHERE IS MONKEY

Vocabulary
between
next to
in
under
in front of
on
behind
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “Where is monkey”
Starters vocabulary topic Where is monkey
Starters vocabulary topic Where is monkey

TOPIC 11: NUMBERS

Vocabulary
one
two
three
four
five
six
seven
eight
nine
ten
eleven
twelve
thirteen
fourteen
fifteen
sixteen
seventeen
eighteen
nineteen
twenty
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “Numbers”
Starters vocabulary topic Numbers
Starters vocabulary topic Numbers

TOPIC 12: COLORS

Vocabulary
black
brown
green
grey/gray
orange
pink
purple
red
yellow
Common vocabulary in the Cambridge Starters exam on the topic “Colors”
Starters vocabulary topic Colors
Starters vocabulary topic Colors

To save the vocabulary images from Starters Cambridge, parents can download the file here:

In addition, the book also includes:

  • Complete writing exercises (Let’s write), fill in the blanks and answer for children to practice and check their results.
  • Some vocabulary games to make learning more engaging for children.
  • Vocabulary list for Pre A1 Starters level, arranged from A to Z.
Pre A1 Starters Cambridge vocabulary book
Parents can find some fun vocabulary games for their children in the Pre A1 Starters Cambridge vocabulary book

You can download the free PDF file of the Pre A1 Starters Cambridge Vocabulary Book by topic here:

In addition to the vocabulary topics mentioned above, young learners should pay attention to common names that often appear in the Starters Cambridge exam, such as:

AlexGraceNick
AliceHugoPat
AnnaJillSam
BenKimSue
BillLucyTom
DanMay

2. 200+ STARTERS PRACTICE TESTS ONLINE

The FLYER Virtual English Testing Platform offers over 200+ Cambridge Starters exam practice tests (covering all parts: Listening, Reading & Writing, and Speaking)  to provide your child with preparation for the Cambridge Starters exam.

  • These exams have been carefully compiled to match the format (up to 90%) following Cambridge’s latest standards. 
  • The automatic scoring system and answer key will help students review and study effectively at home.
  • Interactive exercises and game simulations stimulate children’s brain activity and interest in learning.
  • It offers various fun learning features such as challenges with friends, short practice exercises, and vocabulary reviews.

Moreover, a helpful feature for parents is the Learning Report, which makes it easy to track the progress of their children’s studies. The system automatically stores all test results and uses them to provide feedback on the student’s current proficiency level, strengths, and areas that require improvement. 

More significantly, parents who use FLYER’s virtual testing platform can save up to 80% on their kids’ exam preparation expenses!

3. Effective Use of the Starters Vocabulary Book

3.1 Discussing the Content of the Pictures

Parents/teachers can discuss with the child about what they see in the pictures. Use the suggested questions in the “Let’s talk!” section as discussion prompts to help children practice speaking in English.

List of common Cambridge Starters vocabulary
Teaching children to talk about the content of pictures

3.2 Finding Vocabulary in the Pictures

In the Starters Cambridge vocabulary list you’ll find a variety of words illustrated in both small images. Parents and teachers can engage children by encouraging them to locate these words within the pictures. This provides an opportunity for children to ask questions or even challenge adults to identify the words they wish to describe.

To support the child’s vocabulary learning process, parents can: Download Pre A1 Starters flashcards designed based on the Pre A1 Starters vocabulary list (each pair consists of one color illustration page and one corresponding vocabulary page. Parents/teachers can print the set, glue the corresponding sides, and cut out individual words to create a flashcard set for vocabulary learning).

Conclusion

We hope that the Pre A1 Starters Cambridge vocabulary list and the vocabulary learning resources compiled by FLYER will greatly assist children on their journey to complete the first-level Cambridge YLE English exams for young learners!

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