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Wading through the foreign language swamp

Learning a foreign language is like wading through a swamp; you take two steps forward and a step back. It's been found that in the early stages of foreign language learning, that we acquire around 2000 words which occur with high frequency. But that isn't enough for real conversations, to understand the news or to read a book. Apparently, around 7000 words are ideal.