The time it takes to learn a language is something every learner takes into account before deciding to learn a certain language. To help you make a time-efficient decision, The Foreign Service Institute sorted major languages around the world into 5 categories of difficulty according to their differences from English. Let’s see some maps first and then jump right to the categories.
CATEGORY I: 23-24 WEEKS (575-600 HOURS)
CATEGORY II: 30 WEEKS (750 HOURS)
CATEGORY III: 36 WEEKS (900 HOURS)
CATEGORY IV: 44 WEEKS (1100 HOURS)
- Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik)
CATEGORY V: 88 WEEKS (2200 HOURS)
- Cantonese (Chinese)
- Mandarin (Chinese)
* usually more difficult than the languages in the same category.
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