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Your Vocabulary Size

Hinalle K.

Banned
Banned
Maybe it's the case where native english speakers learn a certain amount and are like "Well that's enough" whereas maybe non-native speakers are more conscious of it, and seem to worry too much about whether they're speaking fluently or not. I see it way too much on Youtube comments, someone giving good well phrased commentary followed by "sorry for my English".

Since they're not really sure how to compare themselves against other people, it's like being blind and running a race; you're not sure whether you're behind, on par, or ahead of everyone else, but you keep running your hardest just in case you're not doing very well.

Not sure if that's the case for you or any other people speaking English as a second language, but that's how I feel about some things in my life, and it could be applicable here, but I don't really know.
Yes, that's exactly it. You hit the nail on the head. Well, at least that's how I feel.
 

Symlus

Sophisticated Snake
27,200. This thing is very inaccurate.

Also, Hateful Bitch, I think the case is "We don't use these words as often, so we don't need to know or appreciate them," rather than "I know enough. I don't need to learn more."
 

whiteskunk

Active Member
The score I got was 21,600.
But that's meaningless in Oregon as we native born Oregonians simply grunt at one another (spoken language wise).
 
I got 13,800, native speaker.

Second try: 23,000, but only because I learned what the big words on the last test meant after I took it.
 
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Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
35,700 words.

Most of which I don't get to use nearly enough :(.

Hateful Bitch said:
I see it way too much on Youtube comments, someone giving good well phrased commentary followed by "sorry for my English".

Meanwhile, many of the comments left by native speakers of English couldn't even pass the Turing Test ;).

I once had a French woman approach me in a store to tell me that my English was "bootiful." I was surprised by this, and then I realized that having to formally study English in school had probably made her more cognizant of, say, certain grammar forms that many Americans don't use anymore. I'm one of the few folks I know who still uses the subjunctive mood on a regular basis.

But, sadly, as my social skills have improved over the years, my grammar's begun to slip ;). I'm picking up everybody else's bad habits! :mad:
 
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Azure

100% organic vegan hubbas
40,100 words. i dont really put much effort in these days though. i did read the thesaurus and the dictionary. guess most of it didnt stick, getting too old to remember words.
 

Percy

o-o
23,800, native speaker. I don't feel smart anymore Right about average.
 

Bambi

Member
pfft this probably explains to some people my stupid posting style, if I still have one (which I did used to at least). No shame, no shame.
A 20,000 or under vocabulary just means that haven't spent a lot of life reading for recreation, or entertainment (a lot; see, somewhat excessive), or that at some point in your education, reading and writing was a shared activity in school.

I know a lot of people who suck at English, but are amazing artists. We might know a language, but maybe there's simply another one that we speak better.
 

Day Coydog

Cute, Pink Eyesore
Am going to go through the dictionary and mark down on msword every time I know a word in it and see how many words I actually know... it's the only way to actually know.

EDIT: I got to 471 words at the accr's and decided that it was not worth it.
 
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Mayonnaise

Off we go to the sea
Guys, the test is just an approximation.

Maybe it's the case where native english speakers learn a certain amount and are like "Well that's enough" whereas maybe non-native speakers are more conscious of it, and seem to worry too much about whether they're speaking fluently or not.
Yeah, this is the case with me. My friends here are like that as well.
 

Demensa

Characterless sack of potatoes
Well... shit.
I took the test 3 times and got 20,200, 20,300, and 21,700 respectively. (Native Speaker)
I know that this is just a generalised test with a large degree of inaccuracy, but I still can't help feeling a little disheartened.

I like to think that I read a lot of books (even more challenging ones), yet to see these results makes me think that either: I'm reading books with a flat and unvaried vocabulary, or I'm reading high level books but don't take away the vocabulary (And thus a large amount of the intended meaning of the book!)

Both scare me equally.

This also reminds me of my limited vocabulary use here on the forums. I feel like I repeat the same few words or phrases over and over again, both here and in real life.
Thinking more about it makes me realise truly how limited and repetitive I am.

On another note, I was reminded by this test of the infuriatingly difficult task of coming up with definitions for words.
It's almost impossible for me to come up with anything that sounds good, once I start trying to define more complicated concepts.
By trying to break up complex words into more simple and universal terms, I find you always lose some important connotations specific to the original word.
I don't know how people manage to come up with decent dictionary definitions.
 

Day Coydog

Cute, Pink Eyesore
I like to think that I read a lot of books (even more challenging ones), yet to see these results makes me think that either: I'm reading books with a flat and unvaried vocabulary, or I'm reading high level books but don't take away the vocabulary (And thus a large amount of the intended meaning of the book!)
Just read the dictionary thrice and you should learn like 50 new words, then go rest for a few days.
 
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