Do you want to speak English fluently?
Congratulations. You are on the right track. Better English comprehension means better communication skills, and better communication is the key to success in all walks of life.
You might be interested in knowing the average time it takes to learn English. It’s good to have an idea of the time and effort it will take. Many people start learning the language but their motivation levels drop after some weeks. This is because they have set unrealistic expectations.
Learning to speak fluent English will take some time but the rewards are worth the effort.
It’s difficult to give an accurate estimate because the actual time will differ from one person to another. However, this article will give you an idea of what you can expect. We will also discuss some factors that play an important role.
The time factor:
Let’s start from the time you are ready to invest.
If you are spending just 1 – 2 hours in the week on learning English, it will obviously take more time. If you are committed to learning as soon as possible, and you are spending most of your free time on learning, studying, and listening to English, you will learn much faster.
A rough estimate is 150 hours of study and practice. That does not mean you can start to speak like natives after 150 hours if you are just starting. However, you will start to see the improvement after spending this much time.
In other words, if you are on level-1, then you will reach level-2 in 150 hours. Reaching level-5 will take 750 hours.
Level 1 – Basic/Beginner
Level 2 – Intermediate
Level 3 – Expert
Level 4 – Advanced
Level 5 – Native
That might sound like a lot of time but remember you will be improving on a constant basis.
The motivation factor:
The biggest hurdle that students face is the lack of motivation after a couple of weeks.
Learning a new language is all about persistence and patience. It is important to focus on the improvements. As earlier mentioned, if you are spending time on English learning on a daily basis, you will start to see improvements. But these will be small improvements in your vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills. It’s important to think of the time when you started and see where you have reached within a matter of weeks. Focusing on the right things will keep you going and persistence will pay off sooner than later.
The background factor:
If you already know the basics, you will obviously learn much faster.
If you are starting to learn and speak English for the first time in your life, it will take a little longer. Other than English, your education and qualification can also have an effect. If you have a good educational background, you will learn faster because your mind is ready to learn and adapt to new things.
Your mother language can also make a difference. Some languages are closer to English and some have totally different style and grammar. For example, Arabic is a totally different language, compared to French or Spanish. That does not mean Arabic speakers cannot learn English. It’s just that you need professional training and qualified instructors to help you in the early days. Also, it is important to not worry about the accent in your early days. The accent will improve automatically as you start to familiarize with the language.
The environment factor
This one is probably the most important.
Your learning speed will be much faster if you are spending a lot of time reading English literature or articles, watching English movies, or interacting with people in English. If you are just spending an hour or two in some English class, it will probably take much longer. All of these activities and practice will help you start “thinking” in English, which is something that makes a huge difference.
The age factor
Children usually learn a new language much faster than adults, especially the accent. If you have children, you can enroll them in our summer camp.
Being an adult has its own benefits. For example, you can access and use the resources like books or movies to practice listening and reading skills.
Learning English is easier than you think. Even if you are just beginning, you will start to understand and speak basic level English in a matter of months. If you are dedicated and persistence, you will achieve the advanced, native level fluency in some years.