How long until you are fluent in a language?
May 26, 2012 1:31 AM Subscribe
If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language?
posted by Megami to education (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I realise this is a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question, but looking for people's views and opinions. If you are learning a language in your home (English speaking) country, either via a formal university course or an online course, and you are starting from a basis of little or no knowledge of a language, and you can devote yourself to full-time or near full-time study, how long could it take to become fluent? By fluent I mean able to hold proper conversations with a native speaker, consume media in that language, navigate your way around day to day situations?
I am actually looking to learn more than one language, I will have access to media in those languages, and will probably be able to make sporadic visits to the countries where the languages are spoken (Japanese, French and German) to practice. (Actually I do speak a small amount of Japanese).
My current situation is I am learning Japanese with part-time study online. I also want to learn German for various reasons. I have always wanted to learn a Romance language, and now have the situation starting in September to do a languages degree, but it has to be German combined with something else, so I am thinking of French (the only other option was Spanish). But I will also be keeping up with the Japanese, and next year I will be able to devote myself to studying these languages full time