The Languages That Take a Most (and Least) Time to Learn

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So, we wish to learn to pronounce and write a new language, huh? Not usually “hello” and “thank you,” though unequivocally learn it good adequate that we could live in a nation of origin? Hope you’re prepared to commit. If you’re a Native English Speaker, these are a languages that will take a many and slightest time to turn proficient in.

According to a U.S. Foreign Service Institute, languages from around a universe tumble into 4 problem categories for Native English Speakers: Category I, Category II, Category III, and Category IV. Languages that tumble underneath Category we are a “easiest” to learn—or take reduction time—and languages in Category IV are a “hardest.” The languages that take a many time to learn include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Korean

They need a whopping 2,200 category hours of investigate to strech what’s famous as “3/3 proficiency,” or carrying a 3 out of 5 measure for both vocalization and reading. That’s around 88 weeks if you’re enrolled in one of FSI’s complete courses, and many longer if you’re training things on your possess during home. A lot of a problem stems from carrying to learn a totally opposite essay system, that can embody thousands of characters.

Don’t have 2,200 additional hours fibbing around? In terms of a languages that take a slightest time to learn, you’ve got a following options:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

These Category we languages are what are deliberate “World Languages,” or tongues that closely related with English. All of these languages usually need 600 to 750 category hours, or around 24 weeks of complete courses (except for French that requires closer to 30). If you’re curious, Category III is where many of a world’s languages exist for Native English Speakers due to “significant linguistic and/or informative differences.” There are 50 in sum and they need about 1,100 category hours, or 44 weeks of complete education.

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