Studies show that only about 4% of people who start to learn a language through school reach basic fluency after 3 years. Therefore, on is able to conclude that about 96% of students either drop out or fail to achieve basic fluency. Learning a language is not necessarily hard, it just takes time and practice.
How long does it take to learn a language?
It depends. Learning a language can take anywhere between three months to two years including speaking, writing, and reading.
Why learning another language is important to me.
I just moved to Thailand from New York, USA and the language has probably been the most difficult thing for me to learn. I took three semesters of Thai at Hills Learning in NYC to prepare me for the big move, but I have so much more to learn. A semester at Hills Learning included one 3 hour class once a week for 8 weeks. Taking the classes was great at teaching me basic beginner Thai language but since I could rarely practice Thai in a natural environment the language was difficult to maintain. Now, since I've moved to Thailand I have been able to practice more of the language in person. I have three months to prepare for Miss Universe Thailand and my own personal goal is to have basic fluency by the competition (which is three to four months away). Learning a new language that quickly is extremely hard but not impossible.
After some mild research, I have come to the conclusion that I must maintain a strict learning schedule in order to become fluent in the Thai Language in three months. The Thai language is categorized as a level 3 (out of 5) language. This means that Thai is one of the more difficult languages to learn. For a level 3 language it takes about 720 hours to reach fluency, which is between 48 to 72 days (2 to 3 months) if one is able to study 10 hours a day. This will be difficult for me to accomplish, but I can definitely do it! I have made myself a schedule that I must follow in order to accomplish my goals.
Perpetua Smith has been studying business for over 7 years. Her main goal is to spread awareness on various topics to encourage and foster the education of others. She understands that information online has become oversaturated and hard to consolidate, therefore she is hoping to make information more easily understood and accessible.