How Long Does It Take To Learn Japanese

Japanese is a language that often takes an extensive amount of progress. Even with accelerated programs, learning Japanese can be very different from other types of languages.

Picking up the Japanese language however in almost every stage can be an extremely fulfilling task. When you start to master the language and when you start to become fluent in using Japanese as you travel or communicate, this can be a huge benefit in business, for your confidence and more. If you are thinking about going through the process of learning Japanese in the classroom or with a language learning program, you may be interested to know just how long Japanese traditionally takes to learn.

Learning Japanese often requires around 1000 to 1200 hrs. of study when it comes down to getting comfortable with the language. This usually represents around five years of dedicated language learning and four hours per week minimum. Of course you can ramp up your efforts and dedicate more time to learning the language too. If you’re actively immersed and learning Japanese eight hours a day, you may just need around three months to reach an intermediate level.

A few factors that could help you to speed up the way that you learn Japanese can include:

  • Some of your previous experiences with learning languages.
  • The learning strategy that you take on and if it worked well as a learning technique from your past.
  • Your dedication and exposure to the language in everyday life.

By considering just a few of these top factors and remaining extremely motivated and dedicated, you can work at learning Japanese in anywhere between three months up to a long and spaced out study of 5-6 years.

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2 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take To Learn Japanese

  1. Nice article. I agree that depending on various factors (including ones age and inborn ability for languages) one can learn Japanese in 5-6 years.

    But “fluency” means different things to different people. To me, it includes the ability to read literature and understand it close to a native would. I’ve met some people who have lived in Japan for years and can speak great, but have a weakness in reading.

    I’ve been studying Japanese for 20+ years (pretty intensively, though I don’t live in Japan), and while some people might say I’m fluent, personally I think I still have a long way to go.

    But my journey so far with Japanese has been great, and I recommend it as a rewarding language for anyone who is considering taking the plunge!


  2. I agree with the fluency part. I’ve been studying the language for almost 4 years now and recently just became comfortable with casual conversation and giving more than 1 sentence responses to people, and it been one heck of a roller coaster. The language is definitely more complicated than most people give it credit for. Even within those 4 years studied 5 months of them was spent in Japan (goooooood times). Last year I realized my fluency in kanji was absolutely horrid so I managed to learn about 1000 of them in 2017 and I’ve improved by still illiterate when it comes to reading material in Japanese because of thats only half of the basic set.

    Overall though it really is a terrific language, works up a nice brain sweat 🙂


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