How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish? (What are you trying to achieve?…
How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish?
Minutes & Hours vs. Months or Years
Studying for 2 hours per week for 6 months is not the same as studying for 2 hours per day for 6 months.
What are you trying to achieve?
'Learn Spanish' isn't a very specific goal. What exactly is you want to achieve or to be able to do in Spanish? Lots of people will say 'I want to be fluent' but what does 'fluency' mean? How do you define it? What you're trying to achieve will have a significant impact on how long it takes.
Learning to recognise words when you see them is easier than remember them well enough to 'output' them yourself. If your goal is to speak, memorising vocabulary to output will take a little more time and effort.
Why consistency affects how long it takes you to learn a language?
There will be bumps along the way. You'll probably have moments when you lose motivation or you feel like giving up.
Spanish is a Group 1 language
Estimate of 480 hours to achieve 'limited working proficiency'
Spanish is generally considered one of the easier languages for English speakers
The method you use makes a big difference. If you're using bad materials, don't have a clear plan or use inefficient methods for memorising and practice vocabulary, it will take you longer.
For an English speaker investing 2-3 hours a day, speaks regularly and has a clear plan 4-6 months is a very realistic amount of time to achieve conversational fluency.
Can it be done faster? Of course. If you have more time to invest (hours per day) or previous knowledge of basic Spanish or of another Romance language you'll have a major head-start!