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!