How Long Did It Take You To Become Fluent In Esperanto?

I am a writer and am currently designing a fantasy series in which a certain city of citizens speak Esperanto as their native tongue. I believe when it comes to other conlangs such as Klingon and High Valyrian, many fans are put off from learning the language because of its difficulty and unfamiliarity. If one was truly obsessed with my fantasy series and wished to further immerse themselves in the world, Esperanto would be a language they could easily pick up and learn quickly. With that being said, from your own experiences, how long has it taken you to become fluent in Esperanto? If not fluent, even your input at an intermediate level would be much appreciated! As always to you all, much peace, love, and positivity :D

March 16, 2019


I’ll let you know if I ever get there. Lol

March 17, 2019

tre facila

March 17, 2019

I found that I was able to understand 90% of conversations after two weeks, and that I was able to read easy books after a month. Now, after three months, I can say almost all of what I want to say with little effort, and I can understand just about all of a novel, poem, or article. I'd say I'm conversationally fluent, after three months.

March 17, 2019

I'm not doubting you, but 90% after two weeks sounds a little out there to me. I think you may be talking about 90% of a basic conversations because when people aren't trying to talk the "beginner's talk" to me it can get fast and very vocabulary specific. I've been learning for about 6 months now and I can hold a basic conversation with other beginners and understand most everything if our pronunciation is right. However, if i'm talking with someone way above my level then often times can understand what is being said but only from key words and contexts. What do I know though? I haven't had any language learning experience throughout my life except for a semester of Japanese in college. I may just not have the working muscles yet to pick it up that fast.

March 19, 2019

I agree with you. After two weeks I could understand 90% of a basic conversation with words I learnt from duolingo. If you learn just from duolingo then the vocabulary you receive is quite limited.

I've been working on Esperanto seriously now since september of last year and it has only been in the last several months that I've reached the level where I can have a normal conversation (both voice and writing) and read the news or books in esperanto. Though I still need the assistance of a dictionary on hand.

March 22, 2019

My first 3 years of learning Esperanto didn't make me fluent speaker of Esperanto, but I could read very difficult texts just after 6 months... All of the reason was that I was scared to speak with other esperantists until last January's days in this year, when I met an Esperanto teacher who came from France in my city, so now I can speak rather fluently, it's only matter of practice :)

March 18, 2019

Cirkaŭ tria monatoj, tiam sesa monatoj certiĝi Esperanton. Post jaro, mi pensas kaj parolas iomete Esperanton sed mi skribas forte Esperanton. Ankoraŭ mi faras erarojn sed eraroj instruas min.

March 17, 2019

I don't consider myself fluent yet. I have studied Esperanto on and off since November 2016. I do understand most of the things I read. I just never get the opportunity to speak it.

March 18, 2019

I only studied for about 15 minutes a day - very casually - but I was conversationally fluent after only 8 months - 1 year. That is slow compared to most, but again, I wasn't aiming for fluency. I was just learning casually.

Compare that to French where after 4 years of high school study and 3 years on Duolingo I still can barely hold a conversation.

March 21, 2019

I feel the same way you do. I've studied French a lot, but cannot speak it very well. Esperanto is much easier, but I'm not trying to speak it with anyone.

April 4, 2019

3mths to 1yr on average to become functional (~150+ hours utilising multiple senses/methods).

In general, for average language learner it takes about 2-3 years to become functional in foreign language & then ~8-10 years to become fluent & have absorbed many nuances of the language. It's much easier to find various sources of learning today.

For non European speakers ~10x easier than, say English. To Google Translate ~100x easier to implement.

March 17, 2019

For the first 6 months I studied very casually but after I noticed some big improvement. The bug hit and I buckled down and started obsessing over it. After 2 more months(8 months in total) I became conversationally fluent. My definition is when I no longer had to translate in my head and could think in the language. 6 months later I was a strong B2 and could effortlessly hold a conversation without trouble. I only really get hung up on accents now just under 2 years in now.

March 29, 2019
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