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How long does it take to learn German

How long does it take to learn German fluently


If you want to know how long it takes to learn German, that is, to reach at least a conversational level, the answer, even so, it’s not going to be an easy one, and that for the following reasons:

- What is your native language and how many languages do you already know?

- How old are you?

- How much time would you be able to dedicate to learning German?

- Do you need to know how long does it take to learn german b2 or how long does it take to learn german c1? (There is a lot of difference, of course)

- Are you going to learn German in Germany or at your home in your native country?

- What are your learning objects:do you need German for University of just for travelling or to improve your working conditions?.

As you can see, there are so many factors involved in this. Yes, age matters: if you are more than 30 or 40, your efforts are going to be considerably higher compared to people under 30 or, better still, under 20. Moreover, how is you life organized? Do you have enough spare time and most of all the peace of mind and enviroment to plunge yourself into learning German (which is, by the way, a really difficult language to master, if you really want to become advanced). Because even this matter:if you have a family, probably you won't have much time to keep yourself isolated in a room perusing grammar books and listening to German audio lessons, and that is something you have to take into account.

What all the so-called polyglots who crowd YouTube fail to tell you, is that they have devolved their life to language learning, and turned it out in a business too, something that maybe you won’t be able to do.


But let’s get down more on all the peculiarities that make German a tricky language:

- Cases:

in English there is only “The” as an article, in German a lot more: Die, Der, Das ect. they vary from masculine to femminine but the biggest problem is that they also change depending on the position in the sentence.

- Word order:

in English you can say “I’m ill” or “Today I’m ill”, but in German no, the first has a costruction, if you want to add “today” the word order will change, turning it into something weird like “Today am I ill” (it’s not a question, but always a statement).

So, how long would it take, starting from scratch, to speak German fluently?

Again, you need to be more specific, but if you can ask us "how long does it take to learn german if you speak english", then the answer might be:

If your native language is English and you plan to study everyday at least one hour, in 10 months you should be able to speak German fluently. Some people might do the same in 6 months, but those people are the one who are accustomed at learning foreign languages.

In the next article we'll look on How long does it take to learn german on Duolingo, for those who like to learn languages using apps. At any rate, keep in mind that one hour for John might not be the same for Mark, since each one of has a different ways of learning, some people need more time and practice wheras other gifted people don't need to review much and are able to get the most during a one hour class with a teacher.