Merriam-Webster adds roughly 1,000 words to their online dictionary each year in an effort to stay current and keep up with changing trends. Languages are complex, living things that are constantly evolving with the rest of the world. As they grow, so do the number of people who attempt to learn them. Learning a new language is exciting, rewarding and tough work and those interested in committing to learning a new language might be wondering exactly how much effort goes into it. More specifically, how many words does it take to successfully speak a new language?