In this blog post, we discuss how long it takes to learn a language and the factors that influence the learning duration. Additionally, we provide you with a table of estimated average learning times in hours for the language learning levels A1-C2.
Have you ever wondered how long it actually takes to learn a new language? Unfortunately, there is no short or definitive answer to this question as it depends on various factors! Keep on reading to find out what those factors are and how long it will approximately take you to achieve your desired language proficiency level.
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- How fast can you learn a language?
- What language level can be achieved after a certain amount of learning time?
How fast can you learn a language?
Depending on prior knowledge, time invested, and target proficiency level, you can achieve your goal more or less quickly. Basic proficiency in a new language can be attained within a few months. If you already have a foundation and aim to reach an advanced level, it will take longer to internalize the intricacies of the language. Thus, transitioning from level A1 to A2 is easier than progressing from B2 to C1.
However, it is important to note that not all languages can be learned at the same pace! Native German speakers, for instance, will find it much easier to attain a high level of proficiency in Dutch or English (due to their existing knowledge and similar language structures) compared to Polish, Spanish, or Japanese, for example.
What language level can be achieved after a certain amount of learning time?
As mentioned earlier, many factors come into play when learning a language, so the following time estimates should be taken as approximate guidelines. Depending on the learners and their individual circumstances, it may take varying amounts of time to successfully reach a proficiency level.
Explore our table below to see the estimated learning times required to reach each language level*:
|German||60-150 h||150-262 h||262-487 h||487-600 h||600-750 h||750-1.050 h|
|English||60-135 h||135-150 h||262-300 h||375-450 h||525-750 h||750-900 h|
|Spanish||60-75 h||75-150 h||150-300 h||300-413 h||413-675 h||675-825 h|
|French||60-135 h||135-263 h||263-368 h||368-548 h||548-788 h||788-1.088 h|
Keep this background information in mind as you set your language learning goals. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and plan in small steps. We wish you big success in your language learning journey!