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How many English words do you know?
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:35:09 am »
A native English speaker sent me this on Skype to see if I was as good as him in English.

How it works? Check off a word if you're 100% sure of at least a definition of it, if not (like you heard the word but you're not sur what it means) don't check it.

http://testyourvocab.com/

I got an impressive 13700 words, not bad for a non-native. The guy who sent me this was rather impressed as he got something like 15500 words.

How did you scored? Be honest! (Also specify if you're native or not.)
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 12:51:20 am »
18,900 - Native
According to some graphs on their blog, I'm about 1,000 words behind where I should be for 14 years old.
Though this site does admit that the graphs are significantly higher than the average population (SAT scores are significantly higher on average).

I should read more.
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 12:54:56 am »
Wow!  It says I know 19,100 words.  I had no idea I knew so many words!
I guess it's not too bad for a native speaker.  :)

EDIT: Lol.  It's actually behind the average for my age.  :P
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 01:26:48 am »
Native English speaker. I got a word count of 21,100. This is a pretty interesting little test. :D

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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 01:30:58 am »
Is it bad if when I saw the word "toss" the first thing that came into my mind as definition is "Starcraft slang vocabulary defining the protoss race"? O.O

Anyway doing the test now. On first page I didn,t know the entire 3rd column X.x

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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2011, 01:37:01 am »
Yeah it begins to get hard starting from the last column of the first page.

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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2011, 01:37:54 am »
Ok I finished. http://testyourvocab.com/?r=1052684

7420 words, so I'm at the bottom of the pile for now, although based on other non-native speakers I seem to be in the upper part of the averages.

Note that this test is not 100% accurate and doesn't tell what kind of vocabulary does each people have, though. In my case, for example, a lot of words I know are technology-related, but medical-wise I almost know nothing, while in French, I barely know any technology-related words and I know a bit more medical ones.
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2011, 01:48:10 am »
The only way to be entirely accurate is to ask you for each of the ~300,000 words in the OED.
I did this a while ago, and have forgotten what I got. Newest result is 23,600.
That places me at ~20 years on the graph here. I fall short of this by 25%. * calcdude grumbles and decides he ought to read more anyway.
DJ, apparently it helps to read, so if you care about your command of English and you have the time, you know what to do :)
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011, 01:52:02 am »
Oh I read a lot (besides forums/sites). I've read for many years too, although it was mainly video game related stuff as well as actual video game text (such as RPGs). I think my vocabulary is just still kinda limited. It doesn't help that the games I played before were usually japanese and translated to English, meaning they themselves had limited vocabulary in general (or mistranslations)

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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2011, 01:53:50 am »
The only way to be entirely accurate is to ask you for each of the ~300,000 words in the OED.
Lol.  I can't imagine listing every word I know.  I'm the type of person that can't remember the perfect word but remembers its first letter.  :P

I really should read more books.  :P
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2011, 03:20:36 am »
Apparently I'm 33 in my vocab age. However, I suspect I know somewhat more than that (along with many of the people here) because some portion of my vocabulary has a lot more technical material in it than most people.

EDIT: I fall short of my vocabulary age by 45%  :w00t:
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2011, 04:20:33 am »
Hmm. What do all those words mean? :P
I got 10,300 words. SO it's quite ok, I guess for somebody who lives in Belgium.


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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2011, 04:58:29 am »
I got 8,070 words. not bad I guess (I am Dutch). (according to a british bus driver: "your english is very good". I was so proud of that comment)
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2011, 09:00:41 am »
20,500 words.

That's a bit misleading, though, as each word can probably mean 3 things depending on context.
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Re: How much English words do you know?
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2011, 09:09:40 am »
I clicked everything on. This is the answer: 45,000 WORDS!
WOW, we are all stupid. :P


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