How long does it take to learn french

How long does it take to learn French? This is a common question asked by many new students of the language. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) has attempted to answer this question.

CEFRL has identified six levels of mastery of the language, from beginner to expert, which are A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Each level has specific skills and knowledge that need to be learned.

Typically, by the time one reaches B1, they have a good grasp of the grammar of the language. The further levels are designed to enhance one's vocabulary, ability to argue for or against a subject, and other advanced skills.

Wikipedia has taken the reference proposed by the Alliance Française while sharing how long one may need to master each level for the French language.

  • A1 level : 60–100 hours
  • A2 level :160–200 hours
  • B1 level : 360–400 hours
  • B2 level : 560–650 hours
  • C1 level : 810–950 hours
  • C2 level :1060–1200 hours

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State suggests that it takes approximately 750 hours (30 weeks) of study to achieve general professional proficiency in the French language. French is categorized as a "Category 1" language, which means it is considered one of the fastest languages for English speakers to learn.

Learning French can indeed be influenced by various factors that can impact the learning process. These factors include:

  • Group size: The size of the group can affect the amount of individual attention and interaction with the teacher and other students.
  • Teacher experience and knowledge: An experienced and knowledgeable teacher can greatly enhance the learning experience and provide valuable insights and guidance.
  • Use of a common language: During the initial levels, using a common language (such as English) as a bridge for instruction can facilitate understanding and communication.
  • Student dedication and attendance: Regular attendance and dedicated practice are essential for making progress in learning French.
  • Social structure: Being immersed in a French-speaking environment, such as living in a French-speaking community, can greatly enhance language acquisition.
  • Living in a French family: Living with a French-speaking family can provide opportunities for daily practice and exposure to the language.
  • Having French roommates: Sharing accommodation with French-speaking roommates can create an immersive language environment and encourage conversation in French.
  • Having a French boyfriend/girlfriend: Being in a relationship with a French-speaking partner can offer a unique opportunity to practice and improve language skills.

At Centre Zenith, we take all these factors into consideration and offer carefully planned classes to help you achieve your language goals. At our evening classes for expats, beginners who attend regularly and dedicate 6-7 hours per week to classroom instruction and then homework assignments can typically reach the B1 level in approximately 13-14 months. 

We also offer a comprehensive 600-hour program designed specifically for beginners who are committed to achieving proficiency in French within a year. This program spans over 10 months, with classes held 15 hours per week. Our structured curriculum and experienced instructors guide you through the various language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to help you develop a strong foundation in French.

Before joining our programs, we assess your current level to determine which French language program would suit you best. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email or WhatsApp. We are always happy to assist you.