How long does it really take to learn a second language? There are many theories and ideas about how long it takes to learn a specific language, such as Spanish. But, I think the most truthful and real answer is: it depends.
It really depends on the individual, the method, and how much the individual is willing to learn. A lot of people will tell you that, you will learn as much as you are willing to put the work in. Yet, others will tell you that, there are better, faster and more effective ways of learning Spanish, or any other language.
So, in this post, I would like to break down, what and how long it would take on average for someone to be fluent in a language. Not mastery of a language, but just enough to hold a conversation and know general facts. Basically enough, so that you can go into a country Spanish-speaking country and live there quite comfortably.
Some say that it is better to learn when we are children than to learn another language when we are adults. This might be true, but I’d like to think otherwise. Who would usually do better on a generalized test: a 10-year old or a 25-year old? I’m guessing the 25 year old. Because as an adult, you may already know so much, so I believe it can be easier to teach an adult than a child.
Anyways, let’s go back to the theory of how long it would take to learn a language. Mastery of a language and complete fluency would take thousands of hours of focused discipline. Some can call this the 10,000 hour rule, where it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become a genius at a subject. But, most of us aren’t aiming to become Spanish scholars. So, I believe that fluency in a language can take place in just a few months. That’s if the individual is consistently and constantly focused on learning the language.
In order for the individual to be “focused” it would take at least 3 hours a day of focused learning. If the individual does practice Spanish or any other language, consistently for a few months, I believe they would become pretty proficient.
This really depends on how the Spanish is taught, and if the person is living in an environment where there are Spanish speakers or not, but generally a few months should do the trick. If you want to take it down to even 2-3 months, they can learn the language through shortcuts. Some shortcuts that can be used is the 80/20 principle. The learner can learn the language by taking the most commonly used words and sentences and learning those instead of focusing on 100% perfection. Although, this method won’t produce flawless Spanish speakers, it will produce someone that can speak the language pretty well.
Just remember that whatever the method may be, it will take some time and some brain and will power to learn a language. A great way to learn Spanish can be found by clicking here.
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