The most difficult languages you wouldn't want to mess with
Which foreign language to learn? This list will help you find the easiest one for you!
Foreign Service Institute worked out a list of foreign languages ranked in accordance with the difficulty of learning for English-speakers.
To simplify the choice they divided all considered languages in only five categories.
Reddit user Fummy presented it in a even simpler form of a map, where countries of the same category are colored same color:
- Romance languages are the nearest to English by origin since they come from Latin, hence they are easier to pick-up and start talking and writing.These are such languages as French, Spanish, Italian.
- English also has common roots with other languages like Dutch, Danish, Swedish. All of these languages are comprised in Category 1 and require about 24 weeks of study.
- Japanese, Korean, or Arabic are the most distant languages in origin from English. You can learn them (one of them!) in 88 weeks (2 years), provided half of this time you spend among native speakers. They are in the Category 5.
- Studying languages of other categories will take you less time if you spend about 3,5 hours per day on it. This time also hugely depends on your devotion to the process and your learning abilities.
*Languages marked with asterisk are usually harder to learn than those from the same category.
Category 1 - 24 weeks (600 hours):
Category 2 - 30 weeks (750 hours):
Category 3 - 36 weeks (900 hours)
Category 4 - 44 weeks (1100 hours)
Category 5 - 88 weeks (2200 hours)
How many languages do you know? Do you agree with the list given above?
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