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    Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?


    Hello everyone

    As the title tells, Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?

    I know it's impossible to know exactly the number of words that I have in my mind, but what I mean is something like a test that tells me nearly what do I do with vocabulary? For example, I know almost 1000 words, 2000 words, etc.

    I thought of this after noticing the tests that tell you your overall ability or let me say your grammar, writing, listening, etc. It seems a strange question but I am trying and nothing to lose

    I hope I was clear at my point..

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?

    It's hard to test that. You could get word lists and tick off the ones you know, but that would not be very accurate. Also, what is knowing a word? You use 'in advance' in your post, but that is not the same as 'asking for an advance'. Some words have over a hundred meanings; how many of the meaning woyuld you have to know to know the word?

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    Re: Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?


    You are right Tdol. I know it will not be accurate and even near to the real percentage. But I just wanted to get an idea about my knowledge of vocabulary and the others. In Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, there are three thousand words are highlighted with red font and are indicated for belonging to the first most popular thousand words that are used in every day speech and so the second and the third. I believe that they mean the first meaning of the word when they classified it. Your suggestion of going through a list is in someway good but the problem is that it's hard to fine a very well designed list and also it may be very short or very long and in either way I think is not suitable. I mean it is hard to go through a long list to decide which you know and which you don't.

    It will be fine if I find a designed test for this specific purpose or something like it.

    Many thanks

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    Re: Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?

    Have you looked at the word lists here? https://www.usingenglish.com/members/wordlists/

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    Re: Is There a Way to Know the Amount of Vocabulary I Know?


    A very nice list. Actually, this is the first time I have a look on them. What I should ask about now is: are these words collected as the most common words or not? I have seen a part of them called "common words" but this group have only 1000 words, if there is a list like this but with 5000 words or about, then it will be the right one to go through.

    However, thank you Tdol.

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