i am a chinese student .an english learner.
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I suppose as many as you can. The ones for basic communication should be first. I wish you well.
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There are a lot to learn. It is better for you to keep learning and absorbing as much English as possible. Even native English people, they still have a lot to learn.
I think about 1000 words are more than sufficient, if you don't need words related to some specific field.
English has hundreds of thousands of words, many are obsolete. Scientific words enter the language faster than obsolete ones die. I know a great many words, but surely not all. My guess: maybe 8,000 or 9,000 tops.
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