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 :
    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 :


  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,, 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,, etc.

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