Japanese requires knowing roughly 2,000 words to read a newspaper. I passed a major milestone today by studying my 200th word, or 10% of what is needed to read a newspaper or hold a basic conversation. I haven't mastered all of these words, but I have been exposed to them via Smart.fm's Core 2000: Step 1 goal.
I look forward to mastering these first 200 words and then moving on to the next 200.
Is anyone else learning a foreign language as an adult? It's quite different from learning in junior high or high school.