In our day to day conversations and interactions, we actually use a very limited set of words. An average person has a vocabulary of around 10,000 words, but in an average day, uses only 1,000 of them. We have a set of common words that we stick to, even when there are more interesting and expressive options available. Many courses sell themselves on the premise of a “minimum” vocabulary: Learn just 1,000 words, and master any conversation in Spanish/French/Chinese!
Yes, you only need 1,000 words, but have you ever thought about what that really means? And how do you know if you really know a word? And if you do know 1,000 of them, are you able to say whatever you want? Let’s take a few examples, and see what’s really involved.