Suppose I'm to live in France, working there. How big a vocabulary shall I have, or, how many words shall I know, in order to be able to survive there? I know this question is a bit vague, but please just try give some ball-park number? 2000? 5000? 10000?

What I meant with "survive":

When I first went abroad from China, my English was barely enough to "survive". For example, I sometimes forgot to use "stamp", instead I will ask post office officers "How can I buy some post ticket?"

So this survive, is just to live for basic needs, buying apparels, going to a restaurant, rent a flat, take transportations, and of course, work.

As I was just a VB programmer, working is also manageable with a limited vocabulary — I'm not a salesman or product owner that need talk to customers everyday.

Hope this explains my "concept" of "survive"…

closed as not a real question by Un francophone, RomainValeri, Alexis Pigeon, Kareen, Evpok Sep 23 '12 at 13:36

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    This question is far too vague. How do you define "in order to survive"? – Alexis Pigeon Sep 22 '12 at 12:43

to be there and just live 2000 to work there 5000-8000 this depends on your profession!

  • merci beaucoup ! :) – athos Sep 23 '12 at 12:15

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