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How Long Does It Take to Learn Hindi?

Ah, the question we all want to know the answer to when it comes to learning any language, “How long will it take to learn?” After spending years learning Hindi, I have the answer for you.

The answer you probably want is a finite time, right? The average Hindi student can master the basics of Hindi in 3 to 4 months of intensive study. That means 4 hours of class per day with a teacher and 2 more hours self-directed study.

At a minimum, it’ll take you 200 hours, and on average it takes a student about 250 hours of class and study to complete learning the basics of Hindi.

If you want to become advanced in Hindi, it’ll take around 9 months of intensive studying to achieve.

Those estimates aren’t from me either, they’re from a language school in India. But I can attest to learning all the basic tenses, reading, and grammar in 3 months. From there it’s conversation and newspaper reading to keep improving. Oh, and a ton of idioms!

When it comes to learning a language, the truth is you never ever stop learning. I’m still learning English and screwing it up daily – you’ve no doubt noticed it in my own videos. Language learning is a life long journey. Good luck with your education.

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