Education testing indicates that children of ten who have grown up in families in which English is the native language have recognition, vocabularies of over twenty thousand words. And that these same ten-year-old have been learning new words at a rate of many hundreds a year since the age of four. In astonishing contrast, studies show that adults who are no longer attending school increase their vocabularies at a pace slower than twenty-five to fifty words annually
How do you assess your own vocabulary?
Is it quantitatively healthy?
Rich in overall range?
Responsive to any situation in which you may find yourself?
Truly indicative of your intellectual potential?
More important, is it still growing at the same rapid rate as when you were a child?
Or,as most adults your rate of increase dropped drastically since you left school?And if so do you now feel that your vocabulary is somewhat limited, your verbal skills not as sharp as you would like them to be?
Increase your vocabulary - properly, intelligently and systematically - means treating yourself to an all-round , liberal education.And surely you cannot deny that such a experience will change you intellectually- will have a discernible effect on your methods of thinking - on your store of information - on your ability to express your ideas - on your understanding of human problems.
The idea is have a handheld device / reading companion , like a highlighter, except it's a scanner that would give people the ability to scan words as they read , and an embedded display would show the word meaning and its etymology instantly.This would enable the reader to stay in a mental zone - what I like to call flow.The device will have the ability to pair with a phone and a cloud account which will keep track of the users vocabulary.
The cloud will keep a repository of words and reminds the user about the word until he remembers it. It will also have a data analytics application to show a diversity score and richness of his vocabulary based on his peers of the same age and location. The device will be equipped with a little torch and aux out to enable user to read in low light conditions and listen to music. The aux will also give out the correct pronunciation of the word. It will also have OTA updates for multi-linguistic scanning capabilities.