How you succeed in certain life-situations largely depends on how large your active-passive vocabulary is. You’ll see a figure on the top of the Word Builder screen. The description below details the meaning of that particular number.


Less than 300:
The words that you recognize in context when you read or hear them are your passive vocabulary. You understand what these words mean, and can follow what’s being written or said. Whether you’ve seen and heard these words a few times or repeatedly, the words in your passive vocabulary are familiar when other people use them, but you yourself don’t use them. The words that you use in your own speaking and writing are your active vocabulary. You not only understand these words, but you can also call them up from memory and use them accurately. Most people have a larger passive vocabulary than active vocabulary, and use somewhat different sets of words when speaking or when writing.

Did you know that a two-year-old child's vocabulary consists of around 300 expressions?

Less than 1000:
Some exciting statistics, a 3-year-old child’s vocabulary consists of around 1000 expressions. It’s rather easy for them, they had 3 years to learn 1000 expressions. How much time did that take you? You don’t have much to go to be able to pass a beginner’s language exam, around 1500 expressions are enough. Practise 15 minutes every day and you’ll reach unbelievable results!

Less than 2000:
You’ll understand the 80% of an average text with around 2000 of the most common expressions. To pass the CEFR’s B1 Beginner level, you’ll only need 2000 expressions. A 5-year-old child has a vocabulary of around 2000 expressions. Don’t forget to open the Word Builder every day to get even more active vocabulary.

Less than 3500:
An average person has a vocabulary of around 3000 expressions. You’ll easily pass the CEFR’s B2 Intermediate language exam with this many expressions. You’ll understand 98,5% of an average text with around 5000 of the most common expressions.

Less than 5000:
Agatha Christie’s novels consist of around 4000-5000 expressions - based on 15 of her words -, meaning with this many expressions, you’ll easily read and understand a book. You’ll easily pass the CEFR’s C1, Advanced language exam with this many expressions.

More than 5000:
You’ll understand 95% of the movie, Shrek with around 6000 expressions. An average person’s passive vocabulary consists of 5000 – 10.000 expressions. Make sure you open Xeropan tomorrow as well to acquire even more vocabulary.