Learning Hindi

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.

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

5 replies on “How Long Does It Take to Learn Hindi?”

Proud to see a foreigner trying to learn Indian culture. Would love if you show interests in showing and bringing real ideas of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Not from common people but dedicated ones who has deep knowledge and practice it strictly daily.

Hi Rishabh, I would love to do that too. But I try to stay away from religion because it’s very easy to get yourself in trouble, even when you mean well. Thank you Ji.

Great answere Karl is better do not topics as religions, because of many reasons we all already know, thank you for creating this content, I am learning Hindi in Ecuador

Hi Karl! I have seen and appreciated some of your content on youtube. I am an English speaking American trying to learn Hindi. I have learned many words from duolingo and rosetta stone. I can identify around 1000 words but I can’t form sentences or understand when to use feminine vs masculine/ tense etc. My spouse speaks hindi but he doesn’t have much time to help me with my studies. I wish I had access to a well structured program but I haven’t found the right fit yet. Do you have any suggestions for how to become fluent?

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