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How many words do you know?

A nice tool that claims to access your English command (or, at least a rough estimate number of words that you may know):

Test your Vocab

  • 1,500–3,000 words: a couple of years of English courses
  • 4,000–7,000 words: intermediate English (4–6 years)
  • 8,000–10,000 words: advanced English (8 years) for a particularly good student

Anything much beyond 10,000 words generally only comes from living abroad in an English-speaking country for a significant period of time, or else spending tremendous amounts of one’s own time exposed to English media (books, sitcoms, movies, etc.).

Mine are about 17.000 – 23.500*

*Did it once again, same words, different check ot the additional questions after the words.

Not bad for a non-native speaker, huh 😉

What is your result (no cheating, please 🙂 ) ?

Targeting 30 000,

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17 responses to “How many words do you know?”

  1. Ivan R. says :

    http://testyourvocab.com/?r=1971992
    6750 words. I’m amazed by myself. I thought that i know about 3k or 4k.
    Thanks for this great post.

    • translationsareus says :

      Good for you! An adult learns one new word a day, so in a year you’ll top the 7k. 🙂

  2. Zen says :

    18,000 words. As a non-native speaker too, I’m pretty pleased with myself. =D

  3. Stefanie Neumann says :

    19,200 (non-native)… :-O … I think I did underestimate my knowledge of English up to know… 🙂

    Thanks for the link!

    • translationsareus says :

      You did not need to. Not in the slightest. Now I shall strive to learn faster to compete to you, front-runners 🙂

    • asdf says :

      you still need work because you should say up until now

      • Stefanie Neumann says :

        Thank you for trying to correct my typo, asdf. Even though you did it wrong. (Correct would be: “up to now” or “up until now”) Seems you could use some work there, too. 😉

  4. Konstantin Stefanov says :

    12k

  5. Nick Alex says :

    9520 at 15 years old… I think I pretty much underestimated my vocabulary, but I know that I know a lot of words :P. That by just watching dozens of movies, vids on youtube, learning other languages through English and 6 years of studying at school.

    • asdf says :

      THAT IS TERRIBLE!!!! That means you are in the 5-10 percentile and that 90% of 15 yr olds know more words than you
      Sorry for the harsh comment but you need to read more

    • asdf says :

      In other words, you understand as many words as a 7 year old.

  6. Jenny says :

    My estimated work count is 16,200, I am not sure whether this is a good amount or not? I am 16, please can someone tell me haha (I am English)

  7. vidhatanand says :

    Thank you so much for the link.. my word count is 6k.
    There are some more sites which will help one to increase their vocabulary skills such as http://www.vocabmonk.com, http://www.vocabguide.com, http://www.vocabulary.com etc.

  8. vidhatanand says :

    Thank you so much for the link.. my word count is 16k.
    There are some more sites which will help one to increase their vocabulary skills such as http://www.vocabmonk.com, http://www.vocabguide.com, http://www.vocabulary.com etc.

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