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What is a "Word" on DL?

To be fluent in a language, it is estimated, a person is 'aware' of about 15,000 words; of which he/she may use 5,000, and far fewer in daily use!

On DL, I am at about 1,000 words, and I noticed that people who have finished 'skill trees' end up on about 2,000 words.

So what do DL count as words?

Looking at 'Vocabulary learnt' tables, it would appear that DL classifies a series, such as 'Del, Della, Degli...etc' as 1 word; Likewise with a verb: 'Ho, Hai, Ha' all appear under the 1 word infinitive, Avere.

Yet DL seems to make an exception when introducing new words, sometimes first, in their plural form, and then as singulars. Same with masculine and feminine.

Has anyone got a definitive answer on this? I'm sure someone from the team, could throw some light on it.

I like watching my points grow, on DL, it's part of the 'educational game!' but it would be nice to understand the words too. A little translation, would be most welcome!

4 years ago

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It's not really consistent in what it calls a "word". The displayed word total is a count of lexemes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexeme), but a "new word" in a lesson is a new word form, and the "words strengthened" message after a lesson also lists forms rather than lexemes.

4 years ago

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Thanks, I've just given you a Lingot for that.

I have just learnt a new word.! ...I think, I have heard the term 'lexeme' before, but if I had, then it was buried somewhere in my brain. But this would make sense; DL counting 'roots' of words. After all, they are scientifically rather than linguistically orientated. I think.

Though I've heard Luis give his lectures in fluent Spanish, and will curse him until the day, that I can be that fluent! lol

4 years ago
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