Sunday, March 17, 2013

What are the hardest languages to learn for an English-speaking student?

This infographic compares the learning difficulty of many languages depending on the minimal time to achieve language proficiency for native English speakers. If languages like Spanish, French or Dutch should need about 600 hours to reach that level, Hindi, Russian, Thai or Greek would need about the double time to get there, and Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Japanese would double agin this time with 2,200 hours of class hours.

Of course, each learner is different, and the time it takes to learn a language depends on a number of factors, such as the closeness of the language to the learner's mother tongue, its complexity, the number of hours per week devoted to learning, the available learning resources, and most of all, the motivation.

Hardest languages to learn


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