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How long does it usually take for one to become fluent in a language?

I was wondering as I was considering learning a third language. Another question, are some languages harder to master than others?

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It usually takes a couple of years, in a surrounding that is full of people who speak that language. My French teacher told me that you become a fluent speaker of language much more faster when you are surrounded by people who speak that language. And of course, some languages are just naturally harder to learn. Chinese for example would be a lot more harder to learn then say French, because there are a lot more characters you have to learn in Chinese, way more rules then there is in French. Also, since French is more related to English then Chinese is (which isn't related to English at all), it would be a lot more harder to understand and follow the rules. Hope this helps! :)

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Sorry, I miss read the question at first and had to edit it :)
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For most, around a few years. Some languages are easier to pick up based on native tongue. I know you speak Spanish originally, so languages such as Italian may be easier for you then learning Chinese.

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Thank you, Luis.
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Wha- are we all on a first name basis?
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He knows me personally. Meaning he knows my first language...
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Ohh. That's weird, since his profile says something else. Huh. Weird! Whatever. That makes sense!
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I don't understand what you mean by "Saying something else". Care to explain?
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Oh, if you click on his name, it says his name is Raul. That's different from Luis...
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That is his middle name. He usually is called that though. His first name is Raul though.
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Oh.. Learning! :)
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how long did it take to learn your second language

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It took me around 5 years to become extremely fluent in English.
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About 2-3 years.
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I've heard 7 years to become fluent and for some reason, 12 and 13 yr olds can pick up another language much quicker than other ages.

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it take some people yrs and some people mouths... and yes some other languages are harder to learn than others...

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It varies. You should be able to carry on a conversation on a grade school level. i think that is the criteria. Some are more difficult due to a whole different alphabet then we are accustom to. Plus grammar rules , inflections . It's like you must relearn basics.

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Well it depends on how fast you learn or how slow you learn. To be fluent it would take me at least a year just because I'm pretty good at learning languages pretty quick but then that's just me, so like others had commented I'd say a couple years depending if you really commit to it and practice a whole lot :)

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Totally fluent? .... Never.... Very good.... Years

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I'm 59 years old and still can't speak decent English!!! (but I ain't real bright)...;-(

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It depends on how much effort and time you are willing to put into your studies when learning a new language, how often you practice and the ability to pick things up quickly.Your second question, if you concentrate more on learning..it could be more simpler.Some languages are hard to master than others depending on what I just said above. If you come from that country and taught like (take Korean for example) , it would be easy for you to understand what others are saying,etc.

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It depends. I am trying to learn Spanish but I almost got a D+ in it my first year! I did as hard as I could but I struggled. I tried to take more notes and listen and practice with my aunt who knows Spanish well and I ended up bringing my grade up to a B- next time. It takes you awhile and it also depends on how easy the language is. It could revolve around your language you speak most of the time, it may not. Its usually takes people to learn it 1-4 years so just be patient.

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Try it! Here is the link: English.http://www.EffortlessEnglishClub.com Even u can use it for learning any languages.
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To become fluent depending on your age and language 6 years. an 8 year old can become fluent by the time their eleven in Chinese.

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never could happen if 1/2 alien. if not then 68.753 years or never will happen

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It depends if you are a fast learner/your pace in learning.

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Well it depends on how much your hearing the language and if you've been submersed in it. I've met 5 year olds who are all but fluent in a foreign language in weeks

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If you have a DRIVE it will take a short period to be well versed in the language.

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It is possible to become fluent (although not like a native) in just under a year if that is the only language you hear and with which you can talk to others. However, if you learn from a class, it may take 5 years or more.

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It took me about 2 1/2 to 3 years to become fluent in English. I moved to New York City from Moscow, Russia, and Russian is pretty different from English. I still stumble over words and say "how do you say, ..." I guess it depends on what language it is and whether it uses the same alphabet, etc. I know it was very hard to learn English at first. It did get easier though!

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What language do u mean? 3 years for Germany I guess. But for English 6 to 12 monthes, if u learn from AJ Hoge method that's called Effortless Here is the link: English.http://www.EffortlessEnglishClub.com Even u can use it for learning any languages.

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It depends all on your Brain. How long do you study? Take a Vacation from school and try to study. This might help you.

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depends on what kind of way you learn it. there are many different methods to learning a new language

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It's said that you need to spend at least two years in the country, surrounded by people who speak that language to be considered fluent. Also, you probably have to speak to them for it to count.

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Sometimes it depends on what language you are trying to speak. English (if you don't know it yet) could be quite difficult. English could take about 2 years and you're still not even fluent. The English language has many twists and turns to it. Other than that I mean languages could take awhile to be fluent with.

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