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Lately, I got the interest to brush up back, my 3rd and 4th language: Arabic and Spanish. I was quite interested by a fact from a book by BBC titled Lingo!, that mentions, to be a converse speaker you just need 2000 words. To be a well-versed non-native speaker you need 10000 words. By the way I’d checked the number of English words form Wiki. It ammounts to less than half a milion words (should include scientific, legal and all other jargons due to the lingua-franca). This comment should shed more perspective to language learners.
Come on 2000 words only!!! (for vocabulary) Go for it but don’t forget the grammar and syntax! For speakers the pronounciation! Maybe more than 2k words?
How many words would a non-native speaker need to understand simplified English? The answer is: fewer than 1,000, says