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Zwlth
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05 September 2011 at 8:54pm | IP Logged 
Just thought I'd let those who don't subscribe to his channel know that the Professor has posted a video on extensive reading and vocabulary range. He doesn't go into polyliteracy proper, but he talks about how many words you need to know in order to read a serious book, the fact that most people don't have enough, and how they can go about building that range of vocabulary. Well worth watching!
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sipes23
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07 September 2011 at 7:35pm | IP Logged 
Very well worth watching.

Vocabulary building is a major problem in any language. And the (research finding) threshold for reading is high:
98%. Getting to 98% of an online newspaper is a feat. What frustrates me is that the sort of graded readers that can
help get you there aren't very easy to track down (provided they even exist). I loathe interrupting my reading to grab
a dictionary—but sometimes it is critical. A kludge I can live with is text on one side and low-frequency glossary on
the facing page, but even that needs careful use.

Anyway, I digress. The video is worth watching.
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08 September 2011 at 9:22am | IP Logged 
Did anyone try the vocabulary test? My estimate was 15,700 word families, though the test says it's only accurate up to 14,000 word families.

I think it was somewhat biased like the Prof says. There were a number of words that I'm sure are Anglo centric.

Edited by newyorkeric on 08 September 2011 at 9:23am

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numerodix
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08 September 2011 at 10:50am | IP Logged 
It told me 17,900.
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08 September 2011 at 12:47pm | IP Logged 
newyorkeric wrote:
Did anyone try the vocabulary test? My estimate was 15,700 word families, though the test says it's only accurate up to 14,000 word families.

I think it was somewhat biased like the Prof says. There were a number of words that I'm sure are Anglo centric.


I tried it. I forget my exact score, but it was a bit over 25 thousand.

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jean-luc
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08 September 2011 at 1:00pm | IP Logged 
Around 11.000 but there was too many french cognates to not be suspicious.
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Sprachprofi
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08 September 2011 at 2:12pm | IP Logged 
I got 18,500.

Here's the link, for those who don't want to search for it:
http://my.vocabularysize.com
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08 September 2011 at 2:53pm | IP Logged 
24,400


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