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Message 1196808 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 12:45:12 UTC

30,700 words was my result.
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Message 1196824 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 14:39:50 UTC
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Still at 26,600, not bad for a desert rat.
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Message 1196878 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 16:54:14 UTC

I stubbed my toe on the bed this morning, my vocabulary increased to 152 words.

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Message 1196894 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 17:29:18 UTC

I looked up several of the words I missed, and they are all pretty archaic English. I smell a Lit Major at work here, probably a Classic English Lit type. Of course, any quick survey like this would have limits. Still, it would be interesting to see the test biased to (for example) some particular technological or scientific field instead. One of the neat things about English is its rapid creation and acceptance of new words. I suspect there are a lot more new words coming out in Astrophysics these days than in Classic English Lit.
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Message 1196929 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 18:54:24 UTC

As a 23 year pediatric speech pathologist, I can tell you first hand that expressive vocabulary is not such a great measure of real expressive language skills, from about 19 months well through the preschool and early elementary school years. Expressive vocabulary is a huge indicator of socio-economic background in these children. In children about 8 years old and up, I think all expressive vocabulary measures do is identify who likes to read for pleasure and who does not.

If I want to know something about a preschool child's expressive language system, I look at syntax variety and complexity. If I want to know something about an older child's expressive language system, I analyze discourse cohesion.

I love words, as you all know, but they do not impress me all that much. Think about it - we go from "wah-wah-wah" at birth to something like "When grandma comes to our house she brings me the green Popsicles, cuz she remembers I like the green ones." (Actual quote from a smart little girl I saw once for some articulation work. She was about four and a half years old at the time.) Now that, my friends, is impressive!

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Message 1197003 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 21:20:39 UTC - in response to Message 1196929.

As a 23 year pediatric speech pathologist, I can tell you first hand that expressive vocabulary is not such a great measure of real expressive language skills, from about 19 months well through the preschool and early elementary school years. Expressive vocabulary is a huge indicator of socio-economic background in these children. In children about 8 years old and up, I think all expressive vocabulary measures do is identify who likes to read for pleasure and who does not.

If I want to know something about a preschool child's expressive language system, I look at syntax variety and complexity. If I want to know something about an older child's expressive language system, I analyze discourse cohesion.

I love words, as you all know, but they do not impress me all that much. Think about it - we go from "wah-wah-wah" at birth to something like "When grandma comes to our house she brings me the green Popsicles, cuz she remembers I like the green ones." (Actual quote from a smart little girl I saw once for some articulation work. She was about four and a half years old at the time.) Now that, my friends, is impressive!

Very impressive. I've always been amazed at how quickly 4 year olds can train a grandparent.
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Message 1197032 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:04:54 UTC

Couple years later the only thing you can get out of them is, BFF TTUL LOL.
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Message 1197047 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:33:00 UTC

ouch... 9,510
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Message 1197050 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:37:57 UTC - in response to Message 1197047.
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ouch... 9,510


Sirius, you must have been trying to answer the French version of this test.
I made the same mistake too and only managed to get a score of 6?
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Message 1197051 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:40:12 UTC - in response to Message 1197050.

ouch... 9,510


Sirius, you must have been trying to answer the French version of this test.



that must be it then. Need some new glasses, I could've sworn it was the English version I was on.......then again, it could've been the Scottish version....
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Message 1197055 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:45:10 UTC - in response to Message 1197051.
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ouch... 9,510


Sirius, you must have been trying to answer the French version of this test.



that must be it then. Need some new glasses, I could've sworn it was the English version I was on.......then again, it could've been the Scottish version....


It couldn't have been the Scottish version for the word "Independence" does not appear in the test sheets...
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Message 1197061 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 22:56:28 UTC

lolwut ? there is a french version ???
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Message 1197066 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 23:03:05 UTC - in response to Message 1197061.

lolwut ? there is a french version ???

There was, but the French government got it taken down because it had too many non-french words in it ;-)

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Message 1197067 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 23:05:05 UTC

PUBLIC ANNOUCEMENT

All those with a score of 25,000 or over, please make their way to Launch pad 37 where the last Alpha Centauri Shuttle is about to depart.

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Message 1197069 - Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 23:05:51 UTC

Very impressive. I've always been amazed at how quickly 4 year olds can train a grandparent.

LOL!!!

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Message 1197172 - Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 3:44:22 UTC - in response to Message 1197067.

PUBLIC ANNOUCEMENT

All those with a score of 25,000 or over, please make their way to Launch pad 37 where the last Alpha Centauri Shuttle is about to depart.

I am not up for a multi hundred year trip.
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Message 1197174 - Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 3:46:36 UTC
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Worked for me this time.



I expected higher. In law school one of the things my study group did was to choose 10 words each week from the OED that none of us knew and use them for the week. Really helped build vocabulary. But then when was the last time you attended a bacchian soiree. It was actually counter productive. We were being taught how to write legal opinion in layman English.

Many of the words are archaic, but one thing I enjoy is study of the evolution of language. English is so rich because of the various invasions, Romans, Saxons, Viking, etc. I enjoy reading old English, it's almost Germanic.

Oh where's my ticket to the shuttle.

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Message 1197175 - Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 3:51:07 UTC - in response to Message 1196929.

As a 23 year pediatric speech pathologist, I can tell you first hand that expressive vocabulary is not such a great measure of real expressive language skills, from about 19 months well through the preschool and early elementary school years. Expressive vocabulary is a huge indicator of socio-economic background in these children. In children about 8 years old and up, I think all expressive vocabulary measures do is identify who likes to read for pleasure and who does not.

If I want to know something about a preschool child's expressive language system, I look at syntax variety and complexity. If I want to know something about an older child's expressive language system, I analyze discourse cohesion.

I love words, as you all know, but they do not impress me all that much. Think about it - we go from "wah-wah-wah" at birth to something like "When grandma comes to our house she brings me the green Popsicles, cuz she remembers I like the green ones." (Actual quote from a smart little girl I saw once for some articulation work. She was about four and a half years old at the time.) Now that, my friends, is impressive!


At the age of 3 my daughter blew me away once. A cashier at the local health food store offered here a lolly pop. She responded, "Yes, I believe I would enjoy one."

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Message 1197691 - Posted: 20 Feb 2012, 10:07:50 UTC

30,200 - and I'm not a native speaker.

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Message 1197705 - Posted: 20 Feb 2012, 10:54:13 UTC

Oh where's my ticket to the shuttle.


It was sent it by First Class Post, which is probably why you haven't got it. Just present yourself at the boarding gate and say I sent you, and they'll let you in :-P

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