How many hours a day do you practice?
I try to get in at least 1.5 between audio and tv
How long has it taken you to get where ever level you are (beginner, advanced, etc?)
just because I live in mexico I speak daily and often,right or wrong. I study at the minimum an hour daily just to correct my vices and grammar. I dragged copretarito, ,one of the phantoms hiding under my bed, out to work on that form. I am blessed being immersed, but even so, I have a long road ahead.
I study for an hour most days.I've been doing this for almost a year.I am still at the beginner level.After reading this post though I need to ramp it up ,Get to about two hours.Try to keep up with you guys.
I spend half hour each day watching a Spanish news feed on television. News readers tend to be very articulate and clear and one can always follow given the fact that you already have an idea of the news stories that they are covering. I spend at least another half hour doing Rosetta Stone or Spanishdict exercises. Skype calls also provide added practice and are fun.
I've been studying for about a year and a half now. On average, I spend about 4 hours per day studying vocabulary and grammar, and another 4 hours listening to music or TV, reading the newspaper, or speaking with natives. In another 6 months I hope to reach the intermediate level.
About 5 hours a day most days, these days. And I've been learning since a year ago, but a lot of that time I didn't study at all so I'm trying to make up for it now.
How much of that 5 hours is actually spent studying I don't know, because I'm easily distracted and I do things (like answer this question) that aren't actually study.
Overall I'm pleased with my progress, though I wish I had studied consistently for the past year.
I spend a couple of hours every day between reading, audio books, T.V., movies, flashcards and Conjugation Nation. Plus, I go to a Spanish language church service every Sunday. I just started Mario Vargas Llosa's new book, "El sueño del celta. It is so good I can hardly put it down.
I have to say that I can pretty much read anything at this point but I still only get the general drift of spoken spanish. I definitely feel your pain qfreed.
I try to read some Spanish every day.
It has taken me forever, and I see no light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to present myself to St. Peter in Spanish (or more likely his counterpart in the other place) and to have an eternity to learn to speak the language. That is just about how long it will take.