How long should it take for an English speaker to learn different languages?

The FSI (Foreign Service Institute) which is U.S government’s main provider of foreign affairs training, including language translations, prepared an interesting map which describes the ‘Language difficulty rankings’.  The research highlights how long it should take for a native English speaker to learn a language and what level of difficulty each language presents to them.

Interestingly, based on the history of languages as well as similarities and differences between them, for an English native, Romanian should be easier to learn than German and it will take less time to learn Russian than Hungarian!

You can see the NSI map of languages below, and if you wish to read about the reasons behind it in more details, please visit this site.


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