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How Long Does it Take to Learn English?

Answering the question ‘how long does it take to learn English?’ Is a bit like answering ‘how long is a piece of string?’ The truth is the length of time it takes to learn a language will vary greatly depending on your skill level and the amount of time you are able or willing to dedicate to it. 

How long does it take to learn English?

For a beginner requiring an advanced level of English you could be looking at over 1000 hours of learning; for most of us, spending a thousand hours in a classroom is not an option. However appealing it may be! That’s why at British Study Centres we offer our students the chance to learn English online so they can fit their classes around their schedule.

Factors that affect how long it takes to learn English

Exposure to native speakers

If you are living and working in an English speaking country and speaking in English frequently (such as with roommates or in your job) you might find that you pick up the language much quicker than you would at home. Working in an English speaking country is a great way to improve your language skills. Find out about internship opportunities in the UK & Ireland.

Listening to English 

If you’re unable to spend time with native speakers, then watching English TV shows is a great way to pick up vocabulary and learn English quickly. Television works like a form of immersion as you are exposed to language in its natural habitat. Alternatively, you might want to try these English speaking podcasts on your way to class to broaden your vocabulary.

Reading in English frequently

Even if you are speaking English regularly you might find it difficult to write in English without reading. Reading the news, books English novels or even putting your social media feed in English are all great ways to reduce the amount of time it takes to learn English. 

How long does it take to learn English online?

At British Study Centres, our online English courses begin with students completing an online level test and needs analysis. In this way, we know where we are, where we need to be, and what we need to do to achieve this. For each lesson with a teacher, students receive homework tasks as well as guided self-study and further recommendations for independent learning; giving you as much exposure to the language as possible. And with minimal effort.

So, with one online lesson (50 minutes), an hour spent on homework, a couple of hours spent learning independently on myBSC, and then by further immersing yourself in the language, students can achieve anywhere in the region of 4 to 6 hours of learning with just one paid lesson. This means that with as little as 30 lessons students are able to achieve the required 200 hours of learning.

How long we need to master any skill depends on how much time and effort we invest in that pursuit, whether it be learning English or learning a musical instrument. Of course, this is not always down to the individual's motivation, there may be external factors contributing to the lack of time, such as studies, business travel and family commitments. Learning online offers a flexible solution. Your learning can be planned around your other commitments.

Moreover, online students generally have clearer goals and are therefore focused on the tasks at hand, there are fewer distractions when learning online and students tend to be more concentrated. Add to this the higher motivation due to external pressures and you will find that the time spent learning can be greatly reduced when approached in the right way.


Learn English even quicker

Find out more about our online English courses and get the skills you need to learn English quickly today. Looking for tips and tricks on how to speak better English? Check out our other blog posts on learning English fast.