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Language in a Year!

is it possible to learn a language in just a year? Just want to hear thoughts of people who, like me are also learning languages. 

Jan 22, 2015 5:07 AM
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Not unless you're willing to commit the same kind of hours that you would put into a full time job and the language is already reasonably close to your native language. Even then the approach taken is of vital importance. Part of the whole process is actually learning how to resist the temptation to mentally translate things and instead acquire a feel for the language. This takes time. The more that you interact with the language rather than study it, the more success you'll have though. Be fearless when it comes to making mistakes and be patient. There's no instant when everything clicks, but there is somewhat of an inflection point past which things become a little less frustrating. 

January 22, 2015

First you need to define "learn". I want to reach at least C1 in all my languages. It would be possible, but very time consuming, for you to take an easier language (like Spanish in your case) from scratch to C1 in a year. For more difficult languages (like Mandarin), no way.

January 22, 2015

I don't think it's possible to fully learn any language in a year, even if you work hard at it.  But it's definitely possible to go from zero to survival-level in a year.  I started studying Korean in August of 2014, and now, less than a year later, without any kind of crazy-intense study, I can speak basic, survival-level Korean.  I'm by no means ready to go live in Korea, or communicate with Koreans who speak no English, but I can talk to patient Koreans who speak some English and I would be able to function fairly well on a trip to Korea.  That said, although I didn't do crazy-intense studying, I did do some self-study outside of class - without which I wouldn't have been able to get to the point I'm at now.  If I'd focused on nothing but Korean study since August, I probably could have gotten to about TOPIK Level 3 (roughly equivalent to B1) by now, but that's still not enough to say "right, I've learned Korean, all done!"

March 21, 2015

It's amazing how many people said the same thing. Everyone wants to know what you mean by "learning" Kristopher. 



March 24, 2015

It depends on what you mean by "learning". If your aim is to achieve a B2 level, I think it's possible if you are hard-working and study every day, especially if you have a talent to learn languages easily. 

March 22, 2015
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Spanish
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish