How Long Does it Take to Learn Spanish Fluently? How to do it best?

Ah, the age-old question: How long does it take to learn Spanish?

It's not easy to answer, as there are a lot of factors involved.

However, in this post I'll do my best attempt and include a lot of examples and supportive documentation.

Let's dive in!

Note, while this article is about how fast you can learn Spanish a lot of the advice and suggestions are applicable to any language.

Have fun!

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The Short Answer: 1-2 years

(In case you don't want to read the whole article!)

For most English native speakers, the time to learn Spanish to a good conversational level is probably around 1 year, assuming about 1 hour per day of serious study.

Note, this isn't mastery, or anywhere near the level a native speaker would be at.

For that you're probably looking at 600+ hours in total, so at least 2 years with 1 hour a day.

It all depends though, so let's look a little deeper into the question, and discover what influences the speed of which you learn Spanish!

The Foreign Service Institute Estimate: 575-600 hours

The Foreign Service Institute (or FSI) is responsible for training all U.S Government Personnel for their work abroad as diplomats, spies, and agents.