HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO BECOME FLUENT IN ENGLISH?
We get it. We’ve been there! When you’re so eager to start learning but aren’t sure about the time commitment or length of the process, the last thing you want to hear is “it depends.” It’s probably the most frustrating answer ever, but we hope we can make it a little easier to understand. We know that it leaves you wanting more. It depends on what, exactly?!
Becoming fluent in English is a process, and it’s not something that just happens overnight. It’s not like getting a Christmas present 🎁 where you have it from one moment to the next. English fluency isn’t something you get the minute you pass a test, either. Instead, it’s a learning experience that is ongoing, and you grow with every new day full of new things to learn.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR for short, there are six levels of fluency (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). , beginning with A1 and ending with mastery/fluency in C2. Each of these levels takes approximately 200 hours of study. Therefore, the estimate is that the highest level of fluency would take an average of 1200 hours of study to attain.
This estimate is average because of a few things:
- Your familiarity with learning other languages. Have you ever learned another language, and do you speak it now? If you’ve studied, spoken, or even taught another language, that skill will help you obtain fluency faster. With each language you have experience with, the easier it will be to learn the next.
- How you use your time. You want to be able to speed up your learning and minimize the number of hours it takes to study and learn English fluently. There’s a huge difference between a focused hour of study, where you’re just immersed in learning English, and an hour of study where you’re not really sure what you’re doing, what you should be looking at, or what materials to use. Or, maybe you are using the right materials and you do know what you should be doing, but you’re spending half of your study time distracted by your phone or social media. We hate to break it to you but, if you’re not focused, those hours are not counting! Apply yourself, focus yourself, and commit your attention to the full amount of time you need to study.
- Get help and feedback. Those 1,200 hours are going to go by a lot faster if you incorporate these two things into your studies. If you get help, for example, to know what you should be studying, and in what order, and you get the right materials, it will help you spend your time more wisely doing the studying you need to get done. Feedback is super important because there are so many things you might not be aware of, and therefore don’t know. For example, if you’re learning English, and you keep making the same mistakes, or you have the same doubts each time you make a certain sentence, you’re not progressing. You need to get that feedback in order to get those corrections and learn to improve your language skills. “-gonaturalenglish.com”
Now that we have an idea of how is the process to learn a new language, and how much effort we have to put on it to learn properly, let’s get started!!!!
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Information sources – gonaturalenglish.com