Learn in a Burst or Learn Slowly?

Scott H. Young
5 min readFeb 8, 2023

Say you want to learn French. Would you do better if you studied for 100 hours in a year-long course (~2 hours per week) or if those hours were compressed into a month (~20 hours per week)?

Surprisingly, the answer seems to be that more intensive language education programs do better! This appears to be a fairly consistent research finding, in the dozen or so studies where the comparison has been made. From a paper by Raquel Serrano and Carmen Muñoz:

[We] analyze the performance of adult students enrolled in three different types of EFL programs

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Scott H. Young

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