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cz   Czech Republic

No end in sight

September 26 at 19:24

I am coming to realize what an open-ended task it is to learn a language. With a known word count of over 117k words, I still encounter texts (novels) where I literally can hardly decipher a single sentence and half the page is blue and yellow. I often see on this forum, that people write how easy reading became after getting about 30k known words under their belt, and here I stand with almost 4 times as many and have to admit to myself that I am still a beginner and that a lot of literature is way over my head. I wonder why it is that many people can feel so competent at around 30k known words, while any feeling of language competency still eludes me.

Could the good people of Lingq tell me at what point they felt truly competent in their language?