Listen

Last week, I recommended you find time to listen to your target language every day.

But… how much time should you spend listening?

Personally, I try to spend two hours a day listening to the language I am learning.  These days, it’s Greek.  

If you study three hours a day, by years end you will have spent almost 1,000 hours in the language.  You will be well on your way to proficiency in Latin (or whichever language you are studying).

To achieve high fluency levels in Latin you will need to spend 10,000 hours in the language.  That amounts to three hours a day for seven years.  Of course, you don’t have to commit to that number unless you intend to become a Latin teacher, or a time traveler.  (There is no reason, by the way, to return to Rome as a time traveler.  Chocolate was unknown to the Romans.)

All you need is a high level of proficiency.  This requires at minimum 1,000 hours.  

You could do that in one year.  That would mean three hours a day for one year.  Of, course you could also spread it out.  

You could listen two hours a day for two years, or one hour a day for three years.  

Personally, I like to get things moving by committing to three hours a day.

Have a Great Saturday!

Dwane Thomas