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    In Danish my nationality is "Dansk", not "Danmark". Same difference.
    The drop-down box for the nationality question lists countries, not nationalities.
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    I scored 34,500 which is much better than I thought it would be.
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    I managed about 37,500, which I thought was too high. I mean, I can barely use absquatulate in a sentence!
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    I came across the "Donner Party comma" recently.

    That's the comma that makes a difference between "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I came across the "Donner Party comma" recently.

    That's the comma that makes a difference between "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!".
    I recently fell in love with Lynn Truss. Well, her book, at least
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
    For those who like these on-line tasks, here is a vocabulary test which claims to assess your total English vocabulary. I've tried this on a local forum of 'random' people, and the results vary between around 20,000 and 40,000 words for a native English speaker (of those who did the test, and if they are honest). For adults who have learned English as a foreign language, and who think they are fluent, the test reveals a much smaller vocabulary than that.
    That's an interesting test - apparently, I have a much larger vocabulary than most people my age (according to that site), but fairly average among the few here who have reported so far - I scored 34,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
    For adults who have learned English as a foreign language, and who think they are fluent, the test reveals a much smaller vocabulary than that.
    I think my result comes from knowing I'm not fluent, so I look up words when in doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    I think my result comes from knowing I'm not fluent, so I look up words when in doubt.
    And then remembering them. I do this and then tend to forget them again unless I come across (or use) them regularly.

    It works better if I come across a new word (or kanji) when I am out and about and have to remember it until I get home to look it up. Although, by then I have usually forgotten the context it was used in...

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