How long does it take to master German on average?
Hi, I'm Indonesian and I'm good at written and spoken English. Since, I'm already good at English which is close to German (structurally and grammatically), how long does it take for me to master German?
I want to be inspired and motivated by other German learners who have already mastered it. How long does it take for you to master German? How intense is your practice?
Thank you, fellas :)
How long is a piece of string?
A lot of people will give you estimates in hours or years, or anecdotal evidence of how long it took them, but there's no real way to accurately gauge it.
The simple answer is that, like anything, the more work you put into something the more results you will see. It's not just about the amount of work- it's about quality of learning, too. Hundreds of hours of classes won't do much good if you don't pay attention, but if you do, then they'll do more good than thousands of hours of half-hearted book learning at home.
On the other hand, even if you're the world's best student, then hundreds of hours of classes will acheive nothing with a poor teacher or poor materials, so you'd be better off with the book learning or an online course.
There is no single answer to a question like this- the factors which affect what someone learns and how they learn it are far too numerous. Work hard, keep motivated and use the language as often as you can and you'll see progress. The harder you work and the more motivated you are, the faster you'll learn.
Learning a language is like any other long, difficult journey- if you constantly focus on the end rather than each step, then you won't get anywhere.
It is that time of year to bring up Mark Twain's essay The Awful German Language. I found a very good PDF version; enjoy: