How much time is necessary to learn English?

According to professor Michael Jacobs, anyone can learn English in 1.200 hours of instruction. This doesn’t depend on intelligence or special talents, just a good measure of wanting to.

The calculation is simple. If you study 3 hours weekly, normally 2 sessions of one and a half hours each, which is usual in language schools, see.

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1.200 / 3 = 400

That is 400 weeks of study, which is, when all is said and done, approximately 8 years. I don’t want to wait this long to be fluent in English, do you?

The only alternative then, is to increase the hours of study per week: listening to music, the radio, films, reading books, talking. You have to pay attention to everything; otherwise It will not be effective and your brain will not assimilate the new knowledge. There is a proverb that says: no pain no gain.

Let’s do a new calculation. Let’s say that you study 2 hours per day, then we would have:

1200 / 2 = 600

In this case, 600 days, less than 2 years. See? There are no miracles, don’t believe in speed courses that promise fluency in 3 months. This is charlatanism. Remember no pain, no gain.

That’s all folks.

Best regards.

ps.: This post is dedicated to Turkish friends.

Translated by Mary Ziller (native English speaker) and Alessandro

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Alessandro Brandão

Alessandro Brandão é coordenador caseiro do English Experts e do Fórum de idiomas. Trabalha também em projetos na área de Comércio Eletrônico e Ensino a Distância (EaD).

11 comentários

  • 19/11/06  
    Anonymous diz: 1

    What’s the difference between “professor” and “teacher”?

  • 19/11/06  
    Josney diz: 2

    Thanks. I doubt that tough.

  • 19/11/06  
    Anonymous diz: 3

    There is not so much difference between teacher and proffesor. when you are in high school; teachers teach you; but in the university professors teach you.

    Deniz, Turkey

  • 19/11/06  
    Anonymous diz: 4

    Alessandro; eu amei seu artigo isn’t it difficult to write a new article everyday? your determination made this blog so popular. good job!well done! adeus amigos:)

    Deniz, Turkey

  • 19/11/06  
    Alessandro Brandão diz: 5

    Thank you Deniz. I’m struggling to publish the best stuff. You are very kind. Keep in touch.

    Hugs.

  • 19/11/06  
    Anonymous diz: 6

    It has just a week that I stumbled across your blog and I’m already having a kick out of it. it’s very comprehensive and enlightening and is sure to help heaps of ESL students in their quest to learn the English language. Anyways it’s awesome…keep at it….BTW, Also want to endorse what the professor Michael Jacobs said. I’m a living proof of that…6 hours of studing in a row, every single day, for about one year and half have gave me a very good grip on the language.I’m of the thought that “Practise makes perfect”. There aren’t such a thing as crash English course..If one bears in mind that what really matters is that all the struggling is sure to pay off, that just By virtue of speaking English one can get lots of perks in life. He/she will see no hurdles to grasp it once and for all.

    All the best.

    All the best.

  • 20/11/06  
    Alessandro Brandão diz: 7

    Thank you. I agree with you “Practise makes perfect”. Keep in touch.

  • 15/06/09  
    Daniel diz: 8

    How much time é de doer a bixiga… não seria How long?

    • 15/06/09  
      Alessandro diz:

      Quem traduziu o texto foi uma americana nativa. Se você quiser discutir com ela tudo bem…

  • 10/03/10  
    Adriana diz: 9

    Até nativos cometem erros de gramática.

  • 23/04/10  
    william diz: 10

    Rather think in terms of words that hours, until you reach 2000 words, start off, with learning to count to 100 in English, the trick is, to get the words strored into long term memory, when you can see the form of the word in your minds eye, then you are making progress. The other important aspect is pronounciation, if you don’t get that right you will never learn to spell in English.