I read an article about language learning and how long it takes, or should take, to properly learn a language. The main idea was that it takes years of deliberate learning to acquire a language, just as it does with a countless number of other skills. I can attest to the length of time it takes to take on a new language and not stop until fluency is reached. It isn’t easy but it is simple: don’t stop and find a way to make it pleasurable.
You may have heard of the whole 10 years or 10,000 hours thing in regards to the time it takes to master a new skill. Of course, if you specifically wish to master something rather than merely be pretty good at it, then there you have it, but I think most people want the latter: to be able to do well in most situations.
The article happened to bring up another question which I found interesting. Why is it that we see books on how to learn a language in 10 minutes a day or in 2 months time, but we never see books on how to learn subjects traditionally thought of as difficult in “no time at all”? Perhaps because it's not possible.
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