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Offline Chris Brady

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #75 on: December 30, 2012, 06:11:19 PM »
Eeep, it was just an example of a French word I knew of.  And yes, that's where I first saw it too, but like the other words that were French that my ADHD brain can't seem to remember, I knew of them too.  In other words, I think I had an edge there...

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #76 on: December 30, 2012, 06:15:23 PM »
Being multilingual definitely helps, considering that English beats up other languages in back alleys and rifles through their pockets for spare words.

Offline Caeli

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #77 on: December 30, 2012, 06:22:37 PM »
You know how some people get on Wikipedia and follow hyperlinks for hours?  I was doing that in grade school.  With real encyclopedias.  By the time dinner rolled around, I'd have half the set spread out on the family room floor.

I actually used to do this, but with Chinese dictionaries, back when I was in Chinese school and had to write essays and read passages/newspapers/news in Chinese for assignments. I'd have to look up a character, and then I would look up the radicals, and for all the characters I didn't know, I would look those up in a Chinese-to-English dictionary for a translation...

I love, love, love the study of the Chinese language.

Offline Ganache

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #78 on: January 05, 2013, 06:11:09 AM »
estimated 30,300. I did better than I expected. Yay!

Offline NotoriusBEN

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #79 on: January 05, 2013, 09:22:41 AM »
34,400 words on the first go, 36,800 on the second go.

yea, fuck that 4th column, I called hax on most of those words... most probably havent seen use since 1805 or a Jules Verne book. >.>
« Last Edit: January 05, 2013, 09:36:01 AM by NotoriusBEN »

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #80 on: January 05, 2013, 10:37:51 AM »
... What's wrong with reading Jules Verne books?  :-[

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #81 on: January 05, 2013, 10:53:14 AM »
34,600 words, which isn't bad considering that I left out those words I could guess a meaning for. I think I might have to retake it though, just to look up those I didn't know and find ways to use some of them!

Offline LiliasTopic starter

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #82 on: January 05, 2013, 11:04:21 AM »
... What's wrong with reading Jules Verne books?  :-[

Nothing! *petpets*

Perhaps the beef should be with Jules Verne's original translators. Verne himself isn't likely to have used any of those words, seeing as he wrote in French. >_>

Offline NotoriusBEN

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #83 on: January 06, 2013, 04:05:43 AM »
no there's nothing wrong with jules verne, just mentioning that many of those words were probably very very old and fallen out of use.

Offline InariShiftskin

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #84 on: January 06, 2013, 12:15:47 PM »
I got  39,300 words. :3

Offline Caitlin

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #85 on: January 07, 2013, 12:34:40 AM »
Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be:
26,600 words

Not bad for a non-native speaker, I fall right in the bracket range for native speakers. In fact, I'm only slightly behind in the curve for thirty year olds! ;D

Offline TheDevilsHex

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #86 on: January 12, 2013, 05:54:10 AM »
30,200

 Now if only my tablet knew as much I would make more sense.

Offline Chris Brady

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #87 on: January 13, 2013, 03:53:07 AM »
Nice Elric of Melnibone avatar xGhostx, sorry just had to say it.

And 30K words is not horrible.

Caitlin's 26K is superb for someone who speaks English as a second language!

Nothing shameful about it.

Offline Ryuka Tana

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #88 on: January 13, 2013, 06:56:13 PM »
"I'm at 33,000, though I'm good at discerning root words and to me that counts for something, so that gauges more my ability to understand than how much vocabulary I really utilize."

I actually used to do this, but with Chinese dictionaries, back when I was in Chinese school and had to write essays and read passages/newspapers/news in Chinese for assignments. I'd have to look up a character, and then I would look up the radicals, and for all the characters I didn't know, I would look those up in a Chinese-to-English dictionary for a translation...

I love, love, love the study of the Chinese language.

"Of note, there is, by technicality, no such thing. No one speaks 'Chinese', it's not a language. If you study it, I presume you know that, so I only mention it because I find it a bit irritating (being half-Oriental) that people use that generalization. For the same reason I also hate being called half-Asian like India and Eastern Russia (among many other countries) don't exist. It's not about political correctness, it's about not being culturally ignorant, people who know should make a habit of helping people who don't know, to understand."

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #89 on: January 13, 2013, 08:15:32 PM »
I'm confused about something on this test. one of the words says "NIB".

SO can  I say yes even though the only definitions I know for the word NIB is The Black Sabbath song?

Geezer butler's opening is amazing.



Meh I only got Twenty Seven Thousand but I think I know more then that.
I mean how many people know where Gallifrey  is or who the  Goa'uld  are.
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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #90 on: January 13, 2013, 08:41:54 PM »
*helps everyone out by one word*

Nib:  The part of a pen that the ink goes through, located between the barrel and the paper.  Calligraphy pens have different shaped nibs, allowing for the pen to draw thicker or thinner lines depending on how the pen is held and moved on the paper.

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #91 on: January 14, 2013, 08:30:15 AM »
"Of note, there is, by technicality, no such thing. No one speaks 'Chinese', it's not a language.

Actually, Chinese is a language.  Modern Standard Chinese works in the same way as, say Modern Standard Arabic - it's a standardised form used for goverment documents and the like - a lingua franca.

And, for reference, I got bored of the vocab test on the first page.  So no idea.  I assume its like a trillion words or something, but can't prove it.

Offline TheGlyphstone

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #92 on: January 14, 2013, 11:30:50 AM »
33,700 words.

And I also knew several words only from my RPG experiences - Caitiff and Regnant, primarily.

Offline Raz

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #93 on: January 14, 2013, 07:32:40 PM »
no there's nothing wrong with jules verne, just mentioning that many of those words were probably very very old and fallen out of use.
Hmmm. No most of the french words used in the test are still in use here where I am at, which is some french place in Canada.

Scored 21,400~

 


Offline Ryuka Tana

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #94 on: January 14, 2013, 09:22:22 PM »
Actually, Chinese is a language.  Modern Standard Chinese works in the same way as, say Modern Standard Arabic - it's a standardised form used for goverment documents and the like - a lingua franca.

And, for reference, I got bored of the vocab test on the first page.  So no idea.  I assume its like a trillion words or something, but can't prove it.

"I still disagree with that on premise. If one is to say 'I speak Chinese' to just anyone, even someone aware that there isn't a single language used by all of China (regional dialects notwithstanding), I don't think it would be immediately clear they meant Mandarin, even if most people might default to that. I will concede to using the phrase 'No one speaks 'Chinese', it's not a language.', but I still disagree with the use of 'Chinese' to describe Mandarin or Cantonese."

Offline Ignaddio

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #95 on: January 14, 2013, 10:22:17 PM »
33,800. Not terrible, not what I thought it was. I'm good with it though.

Offline mj2002

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #96 on: January 15, 2013, 02:44:43 AM »
Seems my score of 18,200 on both tries is a little out of place here.

:(

Offline Avis habilis

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #97 on: January 15, 2013, 08:28:51 AM »
For someone who speaks it as a second language, it's masterful! By way of comparison, the average native English speaker tops out at 10,000.

Elliquiy just happens to be rife with bookworms, I think.

Offline LiliasTopic starter

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #98 on: January 15, 2013, 08:53:09 AM »
We're a bunch of big readers and writers. It's only natural. Sticking around here is much more effective than remedial English. ;)

Offline Oneiros

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #99 on: January 15, 2013, 10:45:08 AM »
^^^^ very much this. This is a writing site, so it's full of people who love to learn and use new words in their craft. Also, people who have low scores are much less likely to brag about them ;)