how long?

how long will it take you to fluently learn a language

May 20, 2017


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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

Consistent Immersion is the quickest way to learn a language.

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?

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

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