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    Hello!

    Q1: How many vocabulary does a native speaker who is college-educated grasp on average?

    Q2: Is there any way to know how many English words I have learned?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello!

    Q1: How many vovabulary does a native speaker who is college-educated grasp on average?

    Q2: Is there any way to know how many English words I have learned?

    Thanks in advance!
    #1 How many words .... Or "How big a vocabulary ...."

    I am not sure that anyone has precisely quantified this. There is a published study of it: Amazon.com: Word Smart: Building an Educated Vocabulary: Adam Robinson, Princeton Review: Books

    #2 The only way is to count them - is it really worth your time? You have a pretty good vocabulary judging by your posts.

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    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your comment and correction. I am encouraged!

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    It's also very difficult to count them if you try; how many meanings of a word do you have to know to be able to say you know the word? Then there are words we know passively (we recognise them but don't use them), etc. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to work it out- I never have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's also very difficult to count them if you try; how many meanings of a word do you have to know to be able to say you know the word? Then there are words we know passively (we recognise them but don't use them), etc. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to work it out- I never have.
    Thank you for your comment, Tdol.

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    You can get some idea of how good your vocabulary is by trying those vocabulary tests like the ones in Reader's Digest, which is a regular feature of the magazine. The scores are given ratings like excellent/good/average/fair/poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    You can get some idea of how good your vocabulary is by trying those vocabulary tests like the ones in Reader's Digest, which is a regular feature of the magazine. The scores are given ratings like excellent/good/average/fair/poor.

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    Hello Tedtmc, thank you for your suggestion. I am a frequent RD reader on its cartoons and jokes, but I just found the feature of words game.

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    How many vocab does native speaker grasp?
    daffodils
    You don't say 'how many vocabulary a person grasp'.
    Vocabulary itself means the total number or stock of words that a person knows.
    You say:
    How wide/big/good is your vocabulary or
    What is your vocabulary (in terms of number of words)?
    I have a vocabulary of 10,000 words.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    daffodils
    You don't say 'how many vocabulary a person grasp'.
    Vocabulary itself means the total number or stock of words that a person knows.
    You say:
    How wide/big/good is your vocabulary or
    What is your vocabulary (in terms of number of words)?
    I have a vocabulary of 10,000 words.

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    Thank you very much, Tedtmc. I see.

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    Default Re: How many vocab does native speaker grasp?

    I suggest you put this thread into FAQ section.

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