How long did it take for you till you felt comfortable to have a simple conversation?


Just wanted to know about your experience learning Korean, or any language at all. I've been learning Korean 3 hours a day for 3 weeks every day, but I still haven't quite found that ''click'' yet. I feel like I can say one sentence, and then the conversation ends because I don't know what to say.

How long did it generally take for you to feel comfortable talking in Korean, good enough to speak for at least for 5 to 10 minutes?

If you have other comments about your progression, I would love to know. Please share :)

April 12, 2019


six to eight hours a day for six to eight months should just about do it.

April 12, 2019

Oh man that's rough...

April 12, 2019

yep. its normal for it to take a long time.

April 12, 2019

It's not that simple my friend.. at least I wish it was that simple haha but I guess unless you live in Korea and practice what you learn on a daily basis, it will take more than 6 months for you to become comfortable with korean language.. of course it also differs from a person to another based on the learning abilities and passion for the language. Wish you all the luck !

April 13, 2019

I've been studying 2 hours a day for 3 months and i still dont feel nowhere near comfortable even forming a simple sentence :/

April 13, 2019

English is my first language and I couldn't even speak my first word until sometime after turning three.

I managed to get to conversations in French by the end of two years of college study.

German and Italian were self-study pre-internet and I didn't really have anyone to speak with, so my knowledge was mostly passive with reading.

Norwegian is my current primary focus. I started last August, then had to take a break basically December-March, and have recently started again. I use many other materials besides Duolingo and at this point can recognize most of 2200 words (in my anki deck so far) passively, but haven't any chance to speak to anyone yet. Based on my past experiences, I don't think I'll be ready for conversations until I've studied for at least a year, bare minimum. Surprisingly, Norwegian is progressing much faster than French, German, or Italian did, so who knows?

For Korean, I'd imagine it will take more time since that is a more distant language to English.

April 14, 2019

I like to watch Korean dramas (with subtitles of course) and I started to pick up a few phrases. Duolingo is fun to learn new words here and there but listening to the talk to me in Korean podcast has been a lot more helpful in making things "click"!

April 19, 2019
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