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July 26, 2013

Linguistics

How many hours does it take to be fluent in English?

learning-EnglishThe best answer might be "How long is a piece of string?" but with an increasingly mobile global populace this is an interesting question nonetheless.

Immigrants are always being told by politicians to learn the language. But how long does it take to speak good English?

There are plenty of people in the UK for whom even basic English is a problem. According to the Census, 726,000 people in England and Wales said they could not speak English well, and another 138,000 said they did not speak it at all.

Ling, 40, who arrived five years ago from China, found it difficult to learn English. "When I came here I was pregnant and so I was at home for the next three years. It took me longer to learn as I was very busy with the children."

Eventually she was able to begin taking classes and now speaks good conversational English.

But even with classes, it can be a long process to pick up the language.

Read the full article from the BBC.

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