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Although mathematics is visual language of symbols and numbers it is also expressed and explained through written and spoken words. For students to excel in mathematics, they must recognize, comprehend and apply the requisite vocabulary. Thus, vocabulary instruction is as critical in content areas as it is in language arts. It is especially critical for students who live in poverty and may enter school with limited background knowledge. This paper presents aspects of mathematics vocabulary and its impact on mathematical comprehension and performance based on representative vocabulary from standardized examinations. Direct and indirect instructional methods for math vocabulary are discussed. Instructional strategies for fostering vocabulary development are also provided.