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How long does it take to learn French?

How Long Does It Take to Learn French?

When embarking on the journey to learn French, many learners wonder how long it takes to achieve fluency. At La Liberté French Institute in Pondicherry, we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, dividing proficiency into levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. These levels range from complete beginner to native proficiency. To truly understand what it means to be fluent in French, it’s crucial to grasp the objectives at each level and the factors influencing the learning process.

Understanding Fluency Levels: A1 to C2

Fluency levels are defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and assessments like DELF and DALF can certify your proficiency. These levels range from A1 for beginners to C2 for advanced proficiency.

Factors Influencing Learning Speed

Several factors influence how quickly you can learn French:

  1. Native Language and Environment: Your native language and upbringing influence language acquisition. Similarities between your native language and French can aid comprehension.
  2. Level of Commitment: Learning a language requires dedication. Attending classes is a start, but committing time to study and practice is essential.
  3. Practice and Exposure: Exposure to French through practice, online platforms, events, music, or movies accelerates language acquisition.

Timeline for Completing Each Level

Following our teaching method, here is an estimated timeline for completing each level:

  • A1 (Basic): 80 hours or three sessions. Approximately five months of sequential study.
  • A2 (Intermediate): 140-180 hours or five sessions. Achievable in eight months after completing A1.
  • B1 (Independent to Advanced): 200-250 hours or seven sessions. Completion in 11 months after intermediate level.
  • B2 (Fluent): 280-300 hours or eight sessions. One year of comprehensive study post-intermediate.
  • C1 (Proficient): Achieving proficiency, requiring continuous practice and use of the language.
  • C2 (Native/Expert): The highest level, indicating native or expert proficiency.

Conclusion: Everyone Can Learn French

Even if one doesn’t excel in certain factors, everyone can learn French with commitment and practice. It’s not just about completing levels but continually engaging with the language for lasting fluency.

Do you want to study French, participate in grammar workshops or conversation classes, prepare for an exam? Contact us for a quote or to know the schedule of individual and group French classes

Sincerely yours,

La Liberte French Institute – Your Online French Teacher

French tuition, French course for groups, private French lessons

Raj Franco

La Liberté French Institute has been a pioneer in imparting foreign language training in Pondicherry since 2016. We offer French language courses for people who wish to develop a basic understanding of the language.

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