Starting from 11th grade this year, I've been going to a dormitory yeshiva a few hours away from home and come back every off shabbos. Before that, I never been to Yeshiva, but since I was around 8 years old, I've always kept shabbos and kosher and learned halachah here and there. I've never really focused much on Gemara because my rebbe told me I had to focus on my middos and hashkafa. It's one of those yeshivas that are not schedule based, but each bochur decides what he needs to focus on with his rebbe. Now that I'm not in yeshiva, I've been learning gemara consistently for the past few days with my chavrusa and I'm already getting used to it. From those of you who have been in similar situations, how far would you say I will get in 2 months after learning for 45 minutes a day?
I understand your question, but at the same time I need you to understand that it's basically impossible to know since I don't know you. Though, it's always a good idea to look at what Chazal (Sages) have to say about the matter...
- Make sure that your Chavrusah (Teacher I presume) is a pure fellow - Moed Katan 17a
- The use of Mnemonics is important, it always helps - Shabbos 104a
- Remember that memory is divinely controlled, so don't get to frustrated - Megillah 6b
- That once a mistake is learned, it is hard to un-learn it, so be careful - Pesachim 112a
- That consuming too much torah at a fast paste can cause difficulty in learning - Nedarim 37b
- Anger causes one to forget his learning, and to increase in stupidity - Nedarim 22b
- Being in Israel sharpens one's mind, so if you're there good for you! Temurah 29a
- Torah can only be retained by one who kills himself for it. Work hard play hard - Shabbos 83b
- Torah will not be found with a relaxed person: Eruvin 55a
- Torah is like a fig tree, which has fruit at various stages of ripening; the longer one works at it, the more one finds: Eruvin 54a-b
- Torah is like a nipple, producing for as long as one works at it - Eruvin 54b
- The Torah is not in the heavens or across the sea, but were it there, we would have to go get it - Eruvin 55a
There's so much more...
Just keep Shteiging and NEVER give up.
I have been learning Gemara since i was in first grade, But my rebbeim always say once you master translating 10 daf you can basically translate all of shas. It depends on how quick of a learner you are and how uch you complete in that allotted time. Some people take longer some people learn quicker, but 10 daf is the average.
My personal experience is that proficiency in learning Gemara comes in sudden leaps. You work on it and work on it, and you may not notice much improvement. Then, one day, something clicks. Your start to 'get it'.
Now, what 'it' is, depends on where you are holding in learning Gemara. 'It' may be understanding the back and forth of the Geamra, how to ask a better Kasha (question) or how to read a Tosfos.
The key, though, to having those leaps and bounds is to focus on what you need to improve right now. If you are having trouble with the basic meaning of the Gemara (i.e., peshat), then don't start working on Tosfos. If you aren't clear what a line of the Gemara means, don't press forward so that you can 'cover ground'.
Rather, make sure that you understand each line, what it means and how it fits into the bigger picture. If you do that (and don't fudge it), then you will improve. When you will see that improvement, though, is not clear. It may be in 2 months. It may be less, it may be more.
Obviously, the more quality time that you are able to dedicate to learning, the sooner you will see improvement. But the key is not so much 'when' as it is knowing that it will happen. You just have to put in the hours and let the process naturally work out.