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#200117 - 05/31/11 07:58 AM spoken vs. reading vocabulary
woody246 Offline
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A few years ago I read in a book about the English language that there is a word for the difference between our reading vocabulary and our speaking vocabulary….I think it said that we know three times as many words than we actually use. Of course, I cannot remember the word. Does anyone out there know it???

Thanks! Woody246

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#200120 - 05/31/11 11:51 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: woody246]
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WELCOME WOODY
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#200123 - 05/31/11 06:44 PM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: woody246]
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I'd go with active and passive vocabulary. Active is the words you would come up with either for speaking or writing. Passive is the words that you'd recognize either by reading or hearing but wouldn't come up with spontaneously.

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#200155 - 06/02/11 08:03 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: woody246]
Candy Offline
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I agree Faldage, I remember reading that somewhere.

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#200158 - 06/02/11 10:01 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: Candy]
Owlbow Offline
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But Candy, do you use those words in conversation? wink

Does this help Mr. (Ms?) 246? Teaching and Developing Vocabulary


Edited by Owlbow (06/02/11 10:03 AM)

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#200164 - 06/02/11 11:25 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: Owlbow]
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Very interesting site, Owl.
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#200176 - 06/03/11 06:50 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: woody246]
Faldage Offline
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If you mean the words (phrases) active vocabulary and passive vocabulary, yes, I do use them in conversation. But them I'm not Candy, so who am I to say?

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#200180 - 06/03/11 07:25 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: Faldage]
Candy Offline
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You speak for me too Faldage wink

why are 'they' doubting us?

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#200642 - 06/22/11 12:06 PM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: Candy]
va-vavoom Offline
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I read constantly. One of the many 'problems' in my life is the words that I read and understand, but never hear in a conversation. Even words that are often found written, just don't come up. I have always had a dictionary handy, but even then, sometimes the pronunciation that I have in my head when I am reading is not at all correct. It may be the difference between long or short vowel or it my be where the accent is placed.
It sounds perfectly alright to me as I am reading, but is nothing like the real word. It can be very embarrassing.
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#200733 - 06/26/11 04:59 AM Re: spoken vs. reading vocabulary [Re: woody246]
Zed Offline
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That happened all the time to me, especially as a kid. e.g. the name Penelope, which obviously rhymed with antelope.

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