February 21, 2011
Three years to fluency in any language!!
If you google “fluency in ..months” you will find lots of web sites promising fluency in weeks or a few months. Who is kidding whom?It struck me that most language learners would be very happy to achieve genuine fluency in three years. Most language learners do not do it as a full time job. Three years to transform yourself into a fluent speaker of another language? Yeah!!.If we look at what fluency can mean in terms of understanding another culture, more meaningful interaction with people of a different background, increased pleasure from movies, books, travel and other forms of personal and even professional rewards, yeah..three years!! Promise?Why pretend it is going to take less? In my own continuing love affair with Russian, and ongoing side flings with Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean and others, I would not want it to take less,
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