https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekExplorer

Learn the language by living there!

I'm thinking of spending some time in Turkey to improve my Turkish after finishing my Turkish tree. Have you ever tried this way to learn a language? How long does it take to learn a language in this way? By learning, I mean reaching B2 or C1.

May 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seacc3

Even faster if you go alone. Don't take someone who speaks English. :)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenBookmye

And move into an outlying area where few people speak English. You will get good fast especially with everyday conversation.

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekExplorer

Thanks for your suggestion :)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekExplorer

Good recommendation :)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harryharry54

I tried it in france. annoyingly I learnt to speak it but I never wrote French and now I am no good at writing French. for me it took about 6 months

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekExplorer

6months to reach B2 or C1? (Far from writing)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harryharry54

B2

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pigeonesque

My French being limited to spoken until my family moved to Qu├ębec at the start of fourth grade, I went from basically spelling by sound (and extremely entry-level reading skills) to a point where my French reading and writing was at least on par with my English skills within about three months.

I would never have seen that coming; I thought it would take me years to catch up. If you're interested in writing in French and you can get your hands on even just a few elementary-school French workbooks, they turned out to be very effective for me.

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

I assume you mean "B2 or C1"?

I suspect the only estimates I would rely on would come from people familiar with the learning of Turkish specifically (you might do better asking this in the Turkish forum). I was around French people who learned Spanish solely through immersion. Maybe it took them 2 or 3 months to be reasonably comfortable (which might not have included quite all the grammar for getting a B2, however), but unless you happen to be a native speaker of another Turkic language, I have no reason whatsoever to suppose that time scale is relevant.

Would you be taking formal language classes or just trying to pick it up through exposure? Relying solely on the second method, I think the the best guess of the time period would be "never."

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YekExplorer

What was wrong with me?! Yes! I meant C1 (I remember I typed C1 too :) My mother tongue is Persian & it has lots of similar words with Turkish, so my lone challenge is grammar as it's pretty easy to learn vocabulary.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

Duolingo should take you to A2 or B1 and living in the country where you would be immersed in the language 24/7 you could become fluent to B2 to C1 in 3 to 6 months (but those timescales are very much a guestimate)

May 2, 2017
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