How many words are in a typical modern person's vocabulary?
well, I heard it is about 5000 words!
5000 may be the number of words a typical person uses. When it comes to vocabulary, it is important to distinguish between the words someone understands, and the words they actually use. An average adult with English as a first language understands between 50,000 and 250,000 words. Some people with very large vocabularies, such as Winston Churchill, have been estimated to understand up to 400,000 words. Most people actually use about 10% of the words they understand. So a person who understands 50,000 words probably uses about 5,000. Shakespeare used about 29,000 words in his plays & sonnets, so we might estimate that he had a vocabulary of 290,000 words. Note: There are at least 475,000 words in the English language, with some estimates as high as 1,000,000. And there are thousands added every year (Twitter, anyone?). So, there's lots to learn.
A great number of English words is derived from Greek ones. To quote Wikipedia, "In a typical English dictionary of 80,000 words, which corresponds very roughly to the vocabulary of an educated English speaker, about 5% of the words are borrowed from Greek directly, and about 25% indirectly" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_words_of_Greek_origin). A wide variety of words like cudos, philosophy and butter are used in the everyday English, as well as the science fields.
Yes, it's possible that Latin has a larger vocabulary than Greek. One reason is the borrowing of many words from the classical language of the ancient Greeks. But just for the record, the borrowing isn't one way. For example, the modern Greek names for the months of the year come from classical Latin.
"Vocabulary" means "all the words someone knows or uses." Some people have a small vocabulary (they know very few words) and others have a large one (they know quite a lot of them). Ten thousand words is an average vocabulary. Anything which is written, including this answer, are examples of vocabulary, since clearly whoever wrote it (me in this case) knows the words he or she is using. "I go him house yesterday." is an…
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Vocabulary comes from various sources. People from Ancient Greek to the Modern Day Humans came up with words with their mind. They could not explain objects, so they wrote them in inscriptions, and statues. The first known writings came from Ancient China and Ancient Egypt when Caligraphy and Hieroglypics was introduced before modern humans was civilized.
The vocabulary in Avi's books has a very wide range and most words are very descriptive and colorful if you know what I mean. He uses words that people can understand, and sometimes uses words that are out of the ordinary and you dont hear all that much. Overall the vocabulary in Avi's books are great!
Reading improves vocabulary by introducing a large range of words used correctly, helping readers get a glimpse of what these new words mean and intaking new vocabulary. Depending on what the situation is based on (e.g. A monster crept behind Bill. "Watch out!" SHRIE KED Mandy,) in a reading passage, new vocabulary may be easier or harder to figure out. Either ways, you'll have those new words in your head and by reading more, you…