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Whats the longest you've spent in one day studying languages?


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I'm certain at least a few of you must have come across this guy.

Alexander Arguelles spent 15-16 hours per day studying various languages when he was at his peak many years ago. I suppose this is the only way one can become proficient in as many language as he is (a solid grounding in up to 57).

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I have never seen him before that I can recall, but 16 hours per day it's impressive, I don't know how his brain can handle it.

I've studied several hours per day, I doubt that I've managed to study over 10-12 hours at my most and those were exceptional days.

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He is one of the most proficient polyglots of modern times, so it's not surprising that to reach this world class level you would have to put a lot of effort it, it just seems that 15-16 hours is almost inhuman. Myself I don't think I've ever gone beyond 4, and even that was with many breaks.

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The longest I have spent studying a language I would say would been around two hours. This was in High School  when I was learning German. Just like any other class in school, I would get bored if I spend anymore. Maybe this is why I do not know much German.  :laugh:

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I'd be lucky if I could dedicate at least one hour to learning Dutch everyday  :laugh: The guy on that video must not have a lot things to do during the day, but it still is quite admirable he dedicates all that time off to learning languages.  I'm sure it will eventually pay off :) 

As for me... the max I've ever spent is probably 30 minutes listening to the dutch audio course I have.

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Sometimes I spend about 10 hours learning language(s) a day. This might sound crazy but my Major is Chinese, therefore it does make sense, right ? :=)

A few years ago I studied 800 characters in 3 weeks while learning about 10 hours for 3 weeks in my holidays. I had lots of fun though  :grin:

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I usually just spend around 30 minutes to 1 hour studying a foreign language, and since my attention span is quite short, to keep me interested, I listen to songs in that particular language so that the words can be recalled better in my head.

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The most time I've spent in a day learning a new language is 3 hours. I guess that's because I didn't have lots of free time like I do now. So in future, probably, I could spend up to 7 hours studying because I really, really want to learn how to speak Hebrew real fast.

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The longest I've spent trying to learn a language was 9 hours, for about three days in a row.

I tend to learn a language more intuitively, so I like being exposed to the language through books, music and movies, and I soak it all up like a sponge. It's not about learning words. So in a way I am always learning a language, especially when I'm in a foreign country.

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I have spent several hours studying many subjects but not a particular language. I don't think that I have gone past three hours and that is in a group setting :beaten:. I really don't know how others do it but I would surely fall asleep or just get bored :bored:.

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I spend 3 hours a day studying a new language. Though there are breaks in between so taking into consideration every minute spent on the actual study time, I'd say around 2 and a half hours only.  :laugh:

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The longest I've spent is about 6 hours.

If I'm flying I dedicate the whole flight to my language studies. It's amazing how well I can concentrate 30,000 feet above ground. The unfortunate thing is, whenever I get to my destination the book gets put away and I don't study until I'm back on the plane again. Then, depending on what my duties are I won't study again until I feel like it. That's usually a couple weeks later.

However, the stop and go of my learning does nothing to help me. I find myself reviewing the same things over and over again. I really need to get one with it, especially if I actually hope to learn something this year.

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16 hours  is just out of my league the only thing that I can do for that long is either writing,listening to music. That aside however the longest that I have taken studying language for me is just 2 hours. I know that it is unimpressive but it has worked for me.

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I'd say that four hours is about the longest that I have managed to study and I found it exhausting!  I can't even begin to imagine doing it for fourteen hours a day or longer, that is unbelievable!  My mind was absolute mush after four hours and I was tired when I hit the three hour mark.  All power to someone who can spend that many hours on a language but my brain would revolt if I tried it!

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