How long does it take to learn English

Languages can be very hard to learn and speak well. In the case of Japanese people learning English, this can become especially difficult. Cultural differences and sentence structure hinder new learners. So, how long should it take to learn English?

There are many factors to take into account when calculating how long it takes.

The U.S. Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has ranked different languages into groups based on the difficulty for speakers of English. Group 1 is the easiest and Group 4 the most difficult. Japanese falls into group 4.

FSI research has found it takes 720 hours to gain a basic understanding and basic conversations for daily life and work situations.

Therefore, studying for one hour per day, it will take approximately one year, 11 months and 21 days to reach a limited working proficiency. Of course, doubling this to two hours a day and it will take just under a year.

 

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