How long will it take me to become fluent in Russian?

The length of time it takes to become fluent in Russian can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as the individual’s aptitude for language learning, the amount of time dedicated to both studying and practicing the language, and previous experiences with language learning.

According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), a US government organization that provides language training to diplomats, Russian is considered a “Category III” language, which means that it is considered one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn. FSI estimates that it takes about 2200 hours of study, or about 44 weeks of full-time study, for an English speaker to become proficient in Russian.

However, it’s worth noting that these are just estimates, and many people may become fluent in a shorter or longer period of time depending on their learning style, resources and motivation. It’s also worth noting that fluency is a complex and multi-dimensional concept, it’s not only about speaking and understanding the language but also about being able to use it in a wide variety of situations. Reading and writing are also important aspects of fluency.

It’s important to remember that learning a new language is a long-term commitment and it’s important to be patient with yourself and set realistic goals. With consistent practice and a good study plan, you can make progress towards fluency in Russian.

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