I’ve lost count on how many times I heard that question and the answer depends on so many different factors.

  • How motivated are you?
  • How much time do you have?
  • Are you learning in Germany or in your own country?
  • Have you learned a language before?

The Goethe-Institut once produced a poster with the rough amount of hours that you need to reach certain levels.

I tried to simplify it by using an average number spread out over 50 weeks – I’m giving you 2 weeks off for your holidays ;-)

 

Of course, you can get by with a lot less. If you’re going on holidays to Germany for the first time, even a few basic sentences will be good, and you don’t need to be fluent to have a great time in Germany.

Whatever time you can spare, be it a few hours only before a holiday or a business trip to a German speaking country, or for the need to be fluent because of a new job, there are lots of ways to learn whatever it is you may need …… ask me, if you need advice!

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9 Responses to How long does it take to learn German?

  1. Sarah Arrow says:

    Ideally, I’d drop the kids in Munich for the 6 weeks holidays and by the time I collected them in September, they’d be fluent? *plots a dastardly plan for next year*

  2. And fortunately for tourists like me, many Germans know English!

  3. Love the graphic and excited at the prospect that you can learn in short period of time, of course practice is the key.

  4. [...] I've lost count on how many times I heard that question and the answer depends on so many different factors. How motivated are you? How much time do you have? Are you learning in Germany or in your own country?  [...]

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