One of the most common questions we receive at LanguaTalk is this: how fast can I learn Japanese?
We get it…you want a simple answer so that you know how much time you’re going to have to put in. But learning a language is a highly complex process and we’d be lying to you if we were to tell you that it will take you X months or years. There are several factors that will impact how fast you can learn Japanese, including:
- Languages you already know - if you know similar languages, it will be easier.
- Intensity of study - if you study frequently, you will likely learn faster. There is also a minimum number of hours that you’ll need to put in to make progress learning Japanese. A common mistake people make is to only study for 1 hour each week. Once you reach an intermediate level, this intensity of study is unlikely to lead to significant progression.
- Your motivation - this is self-explanatory!
- Your level of experience learning other languages - whether you’re learning Japanese or a very different language like German, you will have picked up certain skills that will make it easy for you to learn another language. The brain has also been shown to be highly plastic - language learners’ brains develop such that their ability to learn languages improves over time.
- Your ability to learn and memorise language.
- How you’re learning - depending on your learning preferences, certain learning methods will be more effective than others. For example, some people learn faster through unstructured conversations, whilst others need structured exercises and lots of repetition to make progress. When you browse through the profiles of Japanese tutors, you should check that the way they teach fits how you learn best. Fortunately, the Japanese tutors on LanguaTalk are able to adapt the way they teach to the individual student.
As we've shown in this post, there is no easy answer to the question: how fast can I learn Japanese? Depending on all of the above factors, it could take anywhere between six months and five years to go from beginner to fluent! If you stay committed to practicing regularly, you’ll generally make fast progress.