How fast can you learn german if English is your native tongue?
What's the fastest anyone's done it?
- You've got to have an aptitude for it. I've been watching German TV for 15 years (mainly footy) and my German is still garbage.00
- Are you thinking of learning German? It might be better to ask others who were able to learn another language what helped them.
To answer your question: it totally depends upon how good someone is at learning a new language and what level of fluency you are referring to. Also: Do you mean so fluent that no one can tell German is the second language? Or enough to go on vacation and get basic needs met (Where's the bathroom? How much does this cost? etc.)
There is also the aspect of UNDERSTANDING another language when you hear it spoken; UNDERSTANDING it when you read it; WRITING the language; and SPEAKING it. Those are all different skills.
You can't get a specific answer w/o a specific question. But I will say this...living in the country where the language is spoken is by far the fastest, easiest way to learn another language.00
- It depends on the person. I know of one person that leaned Icelandic in a week, (A genius mind you), but for me it took 2 years. You can learn it very quickly in a full immersion program.10
- well my parents bought it for me so I could learn Brazilian Portuguese. The first disc was helpful but I think mine was defected because I was never able to download the other discs. Also when I used the verbal section of Rosetta Stone it would never let me pass no matter how many times I had repeated what they said. Now I know I'm not perfect in pronunciation but it was a little excessive. Also you are only allowed to use the program you bought in two computers. It will not work in more than 2. At the time the program cost $400. This program is not meant to be kept for a lifetime and it is expensive. I would recommend buying books in the language you are going to learn. Some language books even come with Interactive CDs in the back anyways. I would recommend buying book for Verbs, A book for vocabulary, A basics book (ABCs and 123s), and maybe even a small novel, such as "The Little Prince" which you can find in a lot of different languages. Also the best way is to immerse yourself in the culture. Traveling definitely helps. And watching lots of tv or renting movies in that language and watching it with subtitles. I now live in Brazil and that's what I do.00
- Hello Grendel,
I have studied Spanish, French and Latin. My sister speaks Italian, Spanish, Hungarian but has taken German.
Overall talking to her and some friends, she says German is the hardest because it has those noun declensions which are a lot of work and practice to memorize. Also masculine, feminine and neuter. Latin has 5 declensions to memeorize but here is
Case Singular Plural Rough translation
Nominative matella matellae the chamber pot(s)
Genitive matellae matellarum of the chamber pot(s)
Dative matellae matellis to the chamber pot(s)
Accusative matellam matellas the chamber pot(s)
Ablative matella matellis by means of the chamber pot(s)
Locative matellae matellis at/in the chamber pot(s) (obsolete)
Vocative matella matellae O Chamber Pot(s)! (rare)
There are four others like this to learn and German has these noun cases as well and that is where people slow down
Also never believe these slogans like, LEARN A LANGUAGE IN SIX WEEKS! In that time you may be able to say, how are you, I am going to Germany, I want a beer please but you will "not" be able to give a 30 minute oration on US immigration policy or defend yourself in a court of law in that language. When people tell me oh, I speak five languages I ask them, what the hell is your definition of fluency? It took me 11 years of my native tongue where I got to the point where I was able to pass an exam or write a paper and university level.
People I know who learned and get by in German ok have usually worked with it 3 - 5 years before being competent enough to function there well. You will learn faster living right in the culture.
Having said all that one can always find a few exceptions to the rule about how many and how fast one can learn languages. That famous Brit in the 19th century who discovered Troy spoke 13 well but he is one in millions - similarily I have seen an 11 year old who can do advanced calculus but...
I have seen some military people who have gone through full immersion programs 12 weeks 10 hours a day but apparently you tend to forget the laanguage very quickly once returning to your familiar environment.
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