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How big is your vocabulary?
« on: November 24, 2012, 01:31:27 PM »
Take the test and tell us. Don't cheat! Only fill in the words you know. It should be done within a few minutes.

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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 01:48:19 PM »
I'm to embarrassed.

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 01:57:04 PM »
I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  :)
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 02:06:20 PM »
I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  :)

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"And for foreign learners of English, we've found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words."

Well, not that bad after all.
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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2012, 02:14:00 PM »
Got a 37,400 score; minored in English lit and still read a lot..... odd words stick in my brain!

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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2012, 02:36:32 PM »
28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)

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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2012, 03:49:37 PM »
26 100 words
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 04:15:34 PM »
Lower than I thought: 32,900
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 04:18:40 PM »
39,600
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2012, 04:19:53 PM »
Oh wow, everyone. I am impressed.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2012, 04:43:09 PM »
43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2012, 05:21:58 PM »
16,300 (but then again, I did sort of rush through the test).

You'd think that getting a 97% average in English III Honors would have caused me to earn a higher score. I'm rather disappointed in myself! >:( :D

Thanks for sharing this fun test, Cyrillic.
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2012, 06:15:54 PM »
21800

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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2012, 06:51:17 PM »
Would be nice if they gave you the option to select all then deselect what you don't know.

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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2012, 06:53:03 PM »
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2012, 06:53:59 PM »
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

That is sorta what my German is like.
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2012, 06:57:56 PM »
This is a BS test.

It is testing a very passive vocabulary. I clicked only those words which I could probably give a relatively accurate definition for.

Many I didn't click I had a vague idea about and would be able to understand more accurately within context.

Some I had never encountered.

People's active vocabulary, especially those words which make up most of their usage ain't very much.

My German passive vocabulary hasn't changed much.

Oh but how my active vocabulary has. It's terrible.

And my passive vocabulary for other Germanic languages which I never studied or spent anytime with is pretty high. And my active vocabulary is probably a dozen or words, if I think very, very hard, I might hit one hundred.

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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2012, 07:00:36 PM »
Cyrillic, you are a beast.

Did you grow around a lot of English?

Maybe you spoken English ain't that great, but good grief trying to figure out you are a non-native speaker from your writing, or are you a native speaker?
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2012, 08:29:58 PM »
It's not the size of your vocabulary that matters, but how well you use it.
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2012, 09:10:50 PM »
29,800 and English is my second language.

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« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2012, 09:46:49 PM »
25,000. That test owned me. A Dutch guy almost beat me!
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« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2012, 09:58:02 PM »
27,100 words

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« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2012, 10:15:44 PM »
32,500 words.

A little less than 7,000 words more than the "average native speaker" my age. Meh. I was hoping for a bit more...
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2012, 10:43:09 PM »
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

 ;D
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« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2012, 11:22:47 PM »
Upon retaking the test (more carefully this time), my result was 19,100 words.
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« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2012, 11:23:37 PM »
Woops. Did not see what forum section this was in.
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« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2012, 12:00:31 AM »
31,100. Slightly higher than the average for my age (27,808), but still seems mighty low given my career choice. Dang.

Also, Ebor's post reminded me that I broke my kneecap at the beginning of summer when I was 12 years old. When my grandfather heard about it, he sent me a very old, very heavy (hardback) desk dictionary from his office library at home (he was a medical doctor). I read the whole thing from cover to cover that summer, since I couldn't really go anywhere or do anything (a full leg cast, plus just generally being 12 years old, led to a lot of home-based boredom). Obviously I've forgotten most of it by now. Oh well.

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« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2012, 12:05:16 AM »
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

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Sadly I only had one volume of World Book, but I cherished it.

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« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2012, 12:33:03 AM »
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

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Re: How big is your vocabulary?
« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2012, 12:42:57 AM »
But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

I guessed the meaning of uxoricide simply by analysing the Latin roots.
uxor = spouse, -cide (< cædes) = massacre.

For terpsichorean, it is easy if one knows who the muse Terpsichore is.
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« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2012, 04:52:25 AM »
10,800

I'm a bit embarassed over this. I know I'm not a native speaker, anyhow gifted with languages nor have I ever lived or even visited an English-speaking country but I still hoped for a little better result. Talk about perfectionism.

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« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2012, 08:37:34 AM »
25,000. That test owned me. A Dutch guy almost beat me!

The shame would have been unbearable!  :)

Cyrillic, you are a beast.

Did you grow around a lot of English?

Maybe you spoken English ain't that great, but good grief trying to figure out you are a non-native speaker from your writing, or are you a native speaker?

Oh, you're making me blush.

No, I'm not a native speaker and I didn't grow up around a lot of English. I did play video games often though, and they were in English. Perhaps that helped.
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« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2012, 09:55:51 AM »
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
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« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2012, 11:05:10 AM »
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.

Heard that...just 36,700. And I see no need to learn those I did not know.

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« Reply #36 on: November 25, 2012, 12:49:48 PM »
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
My results are pathetic.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?
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« Reply #37 on: November 25, 2012, 01:15:13 PM »
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?

You could start with the dictionary.
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« Reply #38 on: November 25, 2012, 02:06:55 PM »
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
My results are pathetic.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?

What kinds of books do you like to read?  Classic literature or poetry can have a lot of different words. Non-fiction can have a lot of vocabulary depending on the topic.  Different genres like mysteries or Science Fiction or Westerns will also often have more specialized word usage.
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« Reply #39 on: December 25, 2012, 08:51:06 PM »
I'm a native Greek speaker who trained to become an English teacher.

In my first year at university, I encountered a short story from the mid-20th century (Faulkner or Steinbeck, I always confuse those two) where I had to cover the book margins with notes on over 100 unknown words.

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« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2012, 01:36:11 AM »
43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I've just had more time to read.  ;)

Me too, but not as good as you: that must be close to the maximum.
42,800
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« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2012, 12:43:16 PM »
20,900
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« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2013, 04:19:04 PM »
28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)

Took it again. 30,800. Still devastated.

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« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »
30,300
Your idea has been debunked 1000 times already.. Maybe 1001 will be the charm

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« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2013, 04:55:10 PM »
24800 now.
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