How long does it take to learn Spanish? Breakdown plan and advice

How long does it really take to speak Spanish fluently? There are many answers on the internet regarding this matter, and today we have prepared a full breakdown for you, along with advice on how to make progress  faster. 


There are 2 types of fluency in Spanish and in any other language:


Native-level Fluency

This means that you can hear, read and understand the language at a 99-100%, regardless of the subject matter. This includes cultural expressions and regional vocabulary from the local people of any Spanish-speaking country. You can also communicate effectively as well as spontaneously in any situation, for example keeping up long conversations with native Spanish speakers.

Conversational Fluency

This means that you can hear, read and understand the Spanish language at a 90%, especially when they’re regarding daily topics. However when the topic gets too technical or complex you might get a little bit lost with some concepts. You can communicate effectively but might not be able to grasp the common vocabulary of the native Spanish speakers. 

According to a study from the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), it can take about 600 classroom hours to achieve fluency in Spanish. However, given that classrooms are quite an old-fashioned method to learn a language, we can definitively reduce that number. 

Nowadays, there are many online tools, podcasts, Spanish tv shows and apps that can improve our learning experience. 

We have prepared a breakdown schedule of how it would look like to start learning Spanish if you are a beginner. Including two hours of private lessons per week, podcasts, language learning apps and TV series. 

Monday: 7:00 - 8:00 AM  reading next to a dictionary to boost vocabulary (Before work).

Tuesday:  7:00AM - 8:00 AM private lesson (ideally before work) (30% conversational 70% academic), 12:00PM use a language learning app during lunch to learn new vocabulary.

Wednesday: 7:00AM - 7: 30 AM listen to a Podcast in Spanish - 12:00 PM use a language learning app during lunch and learn new vocabulary. 8:00 PM watch a Spanish tv series episode. 

Thursday: 7:00AM - 8:AM  private lessons  (80% conversational 20% academic)  (ideally before work) 12:00PM use a language learning app during lunch and learn new vocabulary. 

Friday: 7:00AM - 7: 30 AM listen to a Podcast in Spanish - 12:00 PM use a language learning app during lunch and learn new vocabulary. 8:00 PM watch a Spanish tv series episode. 

Saturday: Have a break. 

Sunday: 8:00 PM watch a Spanish tv series episode. 

Even trying creative writing or trying to write daily tasks or lists in the target language, for example the shopping list, or a new recipe. You can always move things around as you like, but always make sure you meet the schedule and stick to your plan!

Here are some recommendations for podcasts, tv shows, films, and language learning apps in Spanish:

Language app:

Kaizen Language: Yes, we are quite nice. You can download our Kaizen Languages app for FREE and enjoy real time conversations with AI (Artificial Intelligence) Spanish tutors, isn’t that cool? Not seriously, we hope to help you as much as we have done with thousands of people around the world. Please make us proud again! 

Podcasts:

  • Nomadas
  • News Slow in Spanish
  • A Zero To A Hero

TV shows: 

  • La Casa de Papel
  • Vis a Vis
  • La Casa de las Flores
  • El Cid
  • Valeria
  • Las Chicas del Cable
  • Elite 

Enjoy!