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how long?

how long will it take you to fluently learn a language

May 20, 2017

13 Comments


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

How much you immerse yourself is the only factor, not time.

  1. Read the language: Books
  2. Watch the language: Tv
  3. Listen to the language: Music
  4. Use the language: Talk
  5. Own the language: Think (In the Language)

You watch tv, listen to music, think, and talk everyday. Do the same thing, just not in English.


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

Every language is different. Languages like Chinese or Russian take longer for English speakers than German or Spanish or something. But all of them take at least 400 hours. I think one of the languages in Asia, maybe Vietnamese, takes like 800 hours.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

I've heard that Japanese takes more than 2,200 hours.


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

So that means... I'm never going to learn it. I would rather have been born into a hard language so that all the others would be easy. Or better yet, have a Japanese parent and an American parent. That way I would have learned both English and japanese at the same time.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

Of course, I will never be learning it either... although actually I'm likely not to learn any more langs after French anyway...


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

I doubt I will fluently speak any other languages except English. But I'm still going to try to learn at least 3 others.


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

2,200 hours isn't that much, really. Supposedly it takes 10,000 hours to master most artistic skills (writing, painting, etc). If you do an hour a day, 2,200 hours comes out to just six years... which sounds like a lot, but in terms of your whole life expectancy it's not that bad really!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

Well, if you're up for it, then great... but me, no thanks.


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

2000+ hours if you're studying it like math or history.

Consistent Immersion is the quickest way to learn a language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

You could put infinite hours into studying a language like that and likely never reach fluency, as that's a bad method of studying. Do you think Japanese can be learnt in less than 2000 hours with a good approach?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

I think 500 total hours of learning and speaking at the very very least.

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