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Teango
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 Message 9 of 38
08 September 2011 at 3:02pm | IP Logged 
It always makes my day when Professor Arguelles posts up a new video. :)

My score was 26,900 on the vocabulary size test, although I clicked through it pretty fast. I'm dying to know what shallows it would plumb in a language like German or Russian though...
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 Message 11 of 38
08 September 2011 at 3:38pm | IP Logged 
Congratulations, Kuikentje.

You should change your English level - I really don't think "Intermediate" is
appropriate.
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 Message 12 of 38
08 September 2011 at 4:08pm | IP Logged 
I went back and tried again to see if I rushed or just had a weird outcome. I didn't do much better: 16,800.

Some words I didn't recognize at all:

Eythrocyte
Rouble

Others had meanings that I didn't see listed:

Trill
Ruck
Hessian
Alum

Here is a specific example:

Hutch

Please clean the hutch.

space in the back of a car used for bags, etc.
cage for small animals
round metal thing in the middle of a bicycle wheel
thing with metal bars to keep dirt out of water pipes

To me, a hutch is a chest of drawers, not anything on the list, so I answered I don't know.

So I'm not sure what to make of the results.
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 Message 14 of 38
08 September 2011 at 4:23pm | IP Logged 
Yes, I know what a rouble is but I've only seen it spelled ruble so I didn't choose Russian currency. I also know what trill is, but I didn't see it as one of the answers.

I didn't guess. Unless I knew the word for sure I choose I don't know. Maybe that's the difference.
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 Message 15 of 38
08 September 2011 at 4:26pm | IP Logged 
newyorkeric wrote:
I went back and tried again to see if I rushed or just had a weird outcome. I didn't do much better: 16,800.

Some words I didn't recognize at all:

Eythrocyte
Rouble

Others had meanings that I didn't see listed:

Trill
Ruck
Hessian
Alum

Here is a specific example:

Hutch

Please clean the hutch.

space in the back of a car used for bags, etc.
cage for small animals
round metal thing in the middle of a bicycle wheel
thing with metal bars to keep dirt out of water pipes

To me, a hutch is a chest of drawers, not anything on the list, so I answered I don't know.

So I'm not sure what to make of the results.


Your use of hutch is regional (and one I hardly recognize, to boot - I'd pick it out of a list, but probably not come up with that meaning spontaneously, and wouldn't ever actually say it). The test is definitely biased towards UK English.

I share your complaint about unlisted meanings. The options to chose between were often a bit off, and when two were near different meanings of a word, it really got annoying (unfortunately, I didn't keep a list). It wasn't an issue for most words, but when it was, it was grating.

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