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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  • http://www.sarkemedia.com/ Sarah Arrow

    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*

    • http://www.angelikasgerman.co.uk/ Angelika_Davey

      6 weeks would be a good start, and, of course, would give you some peace and quiet ;-)
      Great idea!

  • http://primefitnessforwomen.com/ Mary C. Weaver, CSCS

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

    • http://www.angelikasgerman.co.uk/ Angelika_Davey

      Yes, they do, and many like to practise their English, when they spot an English speaker. On the other hand, they do appreciate it, if you try and say something in German.

    • Ida Horner

      I think that is the biggest hindrance to learning languages.

      • http://www.angelikasgerman.co.uk/ Angelika_Davey

        Yes, the English speakers’ good luck and curse at the same time.

  • http://twitter.com/yolandafacio Yolanda A. Facio

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

    • http://www.angelikasgerman.co.uk/ Angelika_Davey

      Thanks, Yolanda. You can learn in any time span, as long as you’re realistic about how much you will learn.

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