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Active vs Passive vocabulary
Active vs Passive vocabulary, what is it and why it is important?
Active vocabulary the total number of words a person uses in his or her own speech and writing.
Passive vocabulary is all the words that a person can understand when reading and listening.
Our Passive vocabulary is always larger than our Active vocabulary.
Native English speakers have an active vocabulary of about 7,000 words and passive of about 27,000 words.
Non-native English speakers should have an active vocabulary of at least 2,000 words and passive of at least 7,000 words.
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