Why 1,000 words? Was this just a number fabricated by the language learning community? It could have been; however, I think that this is actually a great thing!
When you’re learning a new language, the first 1,000 words can help you create a tangible, motivational goal! The first 1,000 words helps learners get past the A1 CEFR level and have a basic conversion. Most of these 1,000 words are filler words though (still extremely important to being a native speaker).
1,000 words allow you to understand about 80% of the language being spoken around you, as long as it is not too specialized like in higher education courses (Hwang, 1989; Hirsh and Nation, 1992; Sutarsyah, Nation and Kennedy, 1994).
Learning 1,000 at the beginning of your language learning process can also be a great motivator for the rest of your journey! The last 20% of the language (probably make up around 9,000 words) is extremely important for your fluency goals!
While you’re learning the top 1,000 words, please also dive into grammar! This is because words don’t exist outside of grammar.
If you’re looking for the 1,000 most used words in your target language, look no further! This website will be a great resource.