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Hi, I am interested how much time did it take you to learn basic German from scratch? if you learned it (=
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I'm learning German on Duolingo, from scratch, for almost 8 weeks. I work on this between 30 and 60 minutes every day (I think I almost missed 2 or 3 days, but i do double the time the next day). So far, I've mastered 18 skills (categories) and lerned two. With 59 skills left, I suppose I will finish the Duolingo course in about 6 months. (and then continue to practice through translations). Although I'm practicing for at least 30 minutes every day, I'm not going through the lessons too fast, so I guess it could take me less than six month, but I know I would not remember vocabulary as strongly as the way I chose to learn it. Here are the rules I made up for myself:
 Only one run per day (unless I miss a day)
 Only one successful lesson per run for each skill
 Practice every available skills, excluding those already mastered, with a maximum of five skills per day
 After the lessons are done, one run of "Practice" (general)
 After the "Practice", one run of "Vocabulary" practice
I hope this gives you an idea on how long it will be. I've not done all the lessons, so I don't know if all the Duolingo course is what you call "basic German", but I assume it is.

PS: The time per day may vary a lot in function of the speed that you type on the keyboard. I consider myself as middleslow. (I know how to type, but I'm not that fast