How Long Does It Take To Learn Russian Fluently
Learning Russian is very useful and can benefit you a lot but it takes so darn long to learn.
There are some factors that will affect the speed it takes an individual to learn Russian and some will learn much quicker than other.
How Much You Study
How often and how many hours you study will make a big difference to how long it takes you to learn Russian fluently. Someone who is studying eight hours every day is going to learn much more quickly than someone who goes to a two hour class once a week.
What Languages You Already Speak
If you’ve never learned a foreign language before then you’re going to take a lot longer than someone who has and way longer than someone who already speaks a Slavic language.
Although these factors will affect the individual, there is a rough amount of hours that it is believed to take to achieve fluency in a foreign language.
How You’re Learning
How you’re learning will also make a big difference to the amount of time it takes. Different people learn more effectively in different ways and what works for some people doesn’t work for others. There are polyglots that swear by the speak from day one method and others that think that’s crazy and you should be all about input. Both methods have proven to have great success so it’s about finding an effective method that works for you.
Are you someone who would benefit from buying a Russian textbook because you like the structure? Would you rather engage in literature and music because you want to get to know the culture? Are you extroverted and want to start speaking as soon as possible.
Make sure you take these things into account when choosing how to learn because these are factors that can drastically affect your acquisition of the Russian language if you find a style that doesn’t meet your learning needs.
So How Long Does It Actually Take?
The CEFR (common European framework of reference for languages) estimates that it will take between 1000 to 1200 hours of guided learning to reach a B2 (upper intermediate) level.
Which means that when you reach that point is entirely up to how many hours you put in a week. If you do 1 hour a week then it will take you around 20 years to reach fluency (if you every do). Change that to 1 hour a day and you’re looking at closer to 3 years. Which really makes it worth your while putting in a bit of extra time whenever you can as 1 hour a day compared to 1 hour a week doesn’t seem like that much more time but 3 years compared to 2o years is a huge difference!
And who wants to turn round and say I’ve been learning for 20 years and still be at an intermediate stage? So ramp up that studying and get it down to under 10 years.
If you want to reach a native level then you’re going to have to work even harder and maybe even consider spending some time in Russian to get day to day practise in with native speakers.