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Richard-Business Eng
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Understanding the meaning of FLUENCY... A question for NESs who have become fluent in a second language


The dictionary definitions of fluent and fluency are simple, but lacking in terms of time and effort required to reach fluency.

So I would like to know:
If you are a NES, and you have become (what you would call) fluent in another language, then:

1  How long did it take (years, days/hours per week)

2  How did you develop fluency (e.g., private lessons, group lessons, personal studies, other methods)

3  Any other comments related to fluency that you may wish to post.


My hope is that, based on your experiences, we may begin to get an indication of how long it takes and the amount of effort/dedication required to become fluent in another language.

Mar 19, 2018 3:18 PM
Comments · 38

Once again, someone/something has downvoted some responses.

I always upvote (give a thumbs up) to everyone who leaves a comment, whether I agree with their comments or not.

Thanks to everyone who has responded.

March 19, 2018
Why is this question only directed at NESs?
March 19, 2018
I'm not NES but I'd like to participate

Actually to me I need years to be fluent in any languages it needs a lot of hard work , practicing , concentrating and good mood especially I don't have high IQ to be fluent in short time

I can't have lessons so I depend 100% on myself on learning by using helpful websites such as italki ,YouTube , writing ,listening, reading and practicing speaking with myself hahah and with good friends

I learn languages for my own pleasure more except English I'm obliged to learn it

March 20, 2018


I'm Spanish native speaker and I'll state my case on different languages (in order of learning and considering fluency a B2):

1) English: since I was 6 years old, 2 hours a week outside school and 3 hours a week at school. Since I was about 16, I started watching series and movies in English. I'd say I got my B2 when I was 18 years old. Now I'm C1 certified but I lived in London after that so who knows where my current level is at the moment XD.

2) Portuguese: 4 months and 3-4 hours a day (average). After about 400 hours, I'm B2 certified and I can speak easily with natives.

3) Italian: 5-6 months and 3 hours a day (average). After about 500 hours, I'm B2 certified and I can speak easily with natives.

4) French: I'm on it.

Special mention) German: After trying to learn it twice, I'd say my time required is close to infinite.

I hope it helps.

March 19, 2018

Miriam and Anees...

You are both correct. This question should not have been restricted to only NESs.


March 19, 2018
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Richard-Business Eng
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