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There is a saying that you need to do at least 10,000 hours at anything and you will become a master of it. If you break that down in hours in a day that means 10,000 divided by 8 hours – 1250 days or 3.5 years.
Looking at that 3.5 years, it sounds digestible when you start, but once you launch into it you will go through so many twists and turns and states of demoralization, that 3.5 years might feel more like 30.5 years. But that’s not the end of it.
3.5 years isn’t just sitting in a classroom, it’s about actually using it in your everyday life. Using it to:
– do your shopping
– discuss important information with colleagues
– pass exams
– negotiate complex deals in business
– maneouvre your way around the world in and out of countries
– meet the partner of your dreams
– social and meet new people you like
– watch your favourite movies or games that are all delivered or discussed in English
– read in depth analysis of topics you are interested in
– …and so on
So, the simple answer to the question, ‘what do you have to do to get better at English?’ well, you just have to use it. Use it for the purpose you wanted to learn it for. Period. And the more you use it, the better you will get at it.