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Dutch vocabulary test — Woordentest

April 2016

Universiteit Gent has developed a wonderful Dutch vocabulary test. Great for native Dutch speakers or for those of us who are learning Dutch.

The link is below. But...

Before you take the test, here are some facts and tips about the test which I recommend that you follow when taking the test in order for you to achieve the most accurate score that reflects your knowledge of Dutch vocabulary. There is a test for children and adolescents as well as a test for adults. I recommend that you take both. But these facts and tips are directed toward the adult test:

• There are 100 words on the adult test.

• 30 percent are non-existent words.

• Your score is based chiefly on what percentage of the remaining 70 words you know. But if you mark a non-existent word that appears to be Dutch as YES, that counts against your score. You should avoid doing this. But this is key: Don't let that deter you from marking a word that you know, namely an English word, as YES just because you are uncertain whether it exists in the Dutch vocabulary. Mark those words YES. For example, pick-up. According to http://www.woorden.org/ , pick-up refers 1) to a turntable, but also 2) to a pick-up truck, just like in English.

• All of the words are available for you to review at the end of the test. The test will list all words in four categories (not necessarily in this order): Existent words that you marked as known. AWESOME! Existent words that you marked as unknown. GREAT! Non-existent words that you marked as unknown. FANTASTIC! Non-existent words which you marked as known. VERY BAD! — this last category should be as close to zero as possible! But I repeat, don't let that deter you from marking words YES that you know but are uncertain whether they are in the Dutch vocabulary! For example, jetlag.

• There are a number of obscure words. A few are Belgian Dutch (or so-called Flemish) words, but essentially all of the words are Dutch. Some obscure words, such as aam or oliesel, are identified on http://www.woorden.org/ by what percentage of Netherlanders or Belgians (Nederlanders or Vlamingen) know the word, based on this very test.

• If a common Dutch word, such as uitdaging or rechtvaardigheid, is familiar to you but you have forgotten or are uncertain of the meaning of the word, mark it as NO, even though you recognize the word. Review at the end of the test.

• If you see a word that clearly appears to be a Dutch word, such as betaalmiddel or geldzaak, but you do not know its true meaning, mark it as NO.

• If you see an English word that you know well, such as incompetent or umpire, but you have not encountered the word in Dutch and are not certain whether it is also a Dutch word, mark it YES.

• If you see a Dutch word which you have not encountered yet, such as 'adulatie' or 'rekruteren,' but which appears to be a true cognate of an English word that you know well, such as 'adulation' or 'to recruit,' mark it YES.

• Enjoy the test!