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I know a website offering a test for knowing how many words you know in english.

http://testyourvocab.com/

I would like to find something similar for the german language.

I've made some searches but I couldn't find anything. For finding the english one was enough to search for "test english words".

Do you know any?

EDIT

I've found this site (http://www.siteslike.com/similar/testyourvocab.com) making this google search (google: testyourvocab.com alternative). But I would like to find for german..

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Does it really help you to know a definite number? Test yourself by reading original texts in various levels from fairy tales to novels and newspapers, then you will know whether your vocabulary is sufficient or not. –  rogermue Apr 16 at 9:40
    
Thanks, I'm studying german with an apps which is focused on vocabulary. I should know between 700 and 1500 words. But my grammar is really bad.. and also the real application of these words.. I cannot read a comic of Mikey Mouse yes.. I read one word and I "decode it" and continue.. –  Revious Apr 16 at 10:01
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A method I would consider laborious, uninteresting and not very efficient. I never learnt a language this way. –  rogermue Apr 16 at 10:15
    
Which way do you use? (I use space repeated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition) –  Revious Apr 16 at 10:29
    
Never heard of such theories, and there are hundreds. For beginning I choose a simple one-volume course book with a beginner's dictionary and and beginner's grammar. Then I begin reading simple texts such as children's stories I find in public libraries. Those stories are simple, easy to understand as they are illustrated, and the stories are good. –  rogermue Apr 16 at 10:39

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I'll recommend the test by the "Institut für Testforschung und Testentwicklung" in Leipzig:

http://www.itt-leipzig.de/static/startseiteeng.html

You can find alternatives if you search the Internet for "Wortschatztest".

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I have to recommend that this answer receive the bounty. It's a solid answer, and better than anything I found while googling it. –  emaltman Apr 26 at 1:38
    
@emaltman: it's indeed really interesting and good but I can do it only in english since to guess the "hello" obvious word I have to been able to understand the many not obvious words like: "used to express a greeting, answer a telephone, or attract attention." –  Revious Apr 26 at 14:40
    
@Revious, you may be right, but only for the "lower end" of the tests. The only drawback I found was that near hits or valid (although less likely) alternatives in the "productive" part of the tests can not be evaluated as such. –  Walter Tross Apr 29 at 21:39
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The other problem I found was in the "Italian - receptive" test: I scored 29/30, 29/30, 30/30, 29/30, 27/30, although Italian is my first language, and I have no problem at all with it. I scored much better in German, which is my second language, and even in English. –  Walter Tross Apr 29 at 22:06
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Update to my previous comment: I repeated the "Italian - receptive" test with great care, and scored 29/30, 29/30, 30/30, 30/30, 28/30. Several questions made me scratch my head. This particular test is not reliable for sure, which of course causes the rieliability of the others to be questionable too. –  Walter Tross Apr 30 at 7:48

Depending on your vocabulary, get an Open dictionary. Free software comes with such dictionaries.

Get the number of entries in the dictionary.

wc -l /usr/share/hunspell/de_DE.dic
72374 /usr/share/hunspell/de_DE.dic

Now take 100 words by random from the dictionary, and count how much you know. This schould be a good estimate. For higher acccuracy take 1000 samples and divide the result by 10.

for dummy in {1..100}; do  z=$((RANDOM*RANDOM%72374)); sed -n ${z}p /usr/share/hunspell/de_DE.dic; done

The result (17% = 17/100) multiplied with size of dict (17*72374/100)=12303 to get the absolute result.

Since you can concatenate substantives in German (Holzbein, Eichenholzbein, Eichenholzbeinholzvorrat) the result is open for interpretation.

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@User_unknown: you know that it's a really nice idea.. maybe hard to realize (I'm a developer bit also a bit lazy) but it's nice! –  Revious Apr 26 at 14:04
    
I had a look at /usr/share/hunspell/en_US.dic, and found that ca. 27% of it consists of proper nouns (which you can tell from the rest because of the capital first letter). I wouldn't know how to separate proper nouns from the rest in de_DE.dic, unfortunately. BTW, in .dic files the number of entries is the content of the first line. –  Walter Tross Apr 29 at 21:28
    
With egrep -n "^a" /usr/share/hunspell/en_US.dic | head -n 1 you'll get the line with the first a in the first column (16709:a in my case). I'm not sure whether that is what you're after. –  user unknown Apr 30 at 1:45

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