How many words does the German tree have in total?
I'm half-way the German course, and I'm wondering how many words in total there are in this tree. It currently shows 929 so far. Does anybody know how many the total count is?
2605 is on mine. Who knows what the full amount is. 3000, maybe?
Just want to add that I've noticed duolingo counting conjugations and the like as separate words: so habe and haben would not fall under the same word, but would be counted as two separate words. I must say that I feel this inflates the word count, because with every new verb you could therefore get up to almost 15 new words just from conjugation! (i.e. sein -> bin, bist, ist, seid, sind, war, warst, wart, waren, wäre, wärest, wären)
The same would therefore also apply to adjectives (groß -> groß, große, großer, großes, großen, großem), and nouns (Herr -> Herr, Herrn, Herren).
Although, in duolingo's defence, word counting has always been a hotly debated topic; I just wanted to point out the number duolingo shows may not represent exactly what you think it does.
Exactly. There was undoubtedly some guestimation involved, as there are even more issues than conjugations etc. which bulk up word counts; such as homonyms and the like which condense word counts.
For example, would you count lead (as in the metal) and lead (as in to lead -> leader) as two separate words? Personally, I would because one is a noun and the other is a verb; and therefore rather easy to distinguish, as the verb should be correctly listed in the infinitive, which would be to lead.
Then you have read (as in to read -> He reads every night before bed) and read (as in (to have) read -> He read every night before he graduated). This is what I was talking about with regards to duolingo and (as you may have guessed) I would not count these as two separate words because they fall under the same base verb to read.
And then what about match (as in, when one is in need of fire and hath not a lighter) and match (as in, Murray vs. Djokovic). Now, personally, I haven't got a clue! They are both nouns, but clearly represent to entirely separate concepts (and btw don't forget if you've got a match on tinder). I'm leaning towards counting them as separate words, but I could easily be persuaded to simply think of them as the same word with multiple meanings.
With regards to the criteria used to determine the native English speaker's word count, I really don't know what they do when it comes to homonyms etc., but I have a feeling that all forms of a verb simply fall under one word; otherwise I would feel that 20,000 would be on the lower end of the spectrum. Though, in fairness, there aren't nearly as many conjugative variants in English as there are in other languages... such as German.
Because this count only refers to the words you have been shown and are likely to remember, minus the words that have no strength for the opposite reasons. The more you practice regardless of the skills being gold, the more the count goes up. "dead words" also influence the total count..