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How hard is it to learn Korean from English? Also how long would it take to be able to use it fluently?

November 16, 2017


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    Very difficult according to the US Government. Among the most difficult languages to learn. However, easier than per say, Japanese I'd say


    That is a pretty hard question to answer.

    According to the Forign Service Institute it takes, for an English speaker, about 2200 hours for group V languages (including Korean) to reach General Professional Proficiency.

    If you go for 25 hours of class per week and 3 hours of daily independent study (basically, what you'd get if you enrolled in an intensive language course at a Korean university), it would take you 88 weeks.

    Not many can put in that much time. Also, every learner is different, so just take this as a really rough ball park figure.

    You can factor in your personal study schedule to estimate how much time it would take.

    Spending hours on Memrise or Duolingo is probably a good start, but it won't replace the more active study methods that will be required to get past the beginner level.

    For more information, I once wrote a post about my plan of becoming fluent in Korean. Check out the reddit link in there for more specific advice I got from fellow learners.

    Note that reaching a high score in standardized tests (i.e. TOPIK) does not necessarily correlate with daily fluency in spoken Korean language. Think carefully about what your actual goal is ;)

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