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Could you help me, please? In our country EL students have got special copy-books where they write new English words down (not in alphabetical order). How is it correct to call such a copy-book in English: a dictionary or a vocabulary?

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    It would be called a vocabulary list most of the time.
    – RK01
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:17
  • So, may I ask my students 'Open your vocabularies, please?'
    – Eugenia
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:22
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    Dictionaries are comprehensive, officially, widely-distributed reference works. Personal, ad-hoc lists of words would more likely be called "vocabularies" (or simply "word lists"), as @RK01 says.
    – Dan Bron
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:23
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    I would not say, "Open your vocabularies" since a vocabulary is a body of recognized words. Your written list of vocabulary words is fundamentally a list or a book or a journal etc. which can be modified with the adjective vocabulary to scope its use.
    – Jim
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:26
  • Jim, and what about 'Open your vocabulary books/lists, please'?
    – Eugenia
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:35

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