Interesting Map Shows How Long It Takes To Learn The Most Popular Languages In The World

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has created a list (based on their experience training US diplomats) to show the approximate time needed to learn a specific language as an English speaker.

This is the number of weeks of study time to reach General Proficiency in Speaking (S3) and Reading (R3).

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CATEGORY I: 23-24 WEEKS (575-600 HOURS)

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

CATEGORY II: 30 WEEKS (750 HOURS)

  • German

CATEGORY III: 36 WEEKS (900 HOURS)

  • Indonesian
  • Malaysian
  • Swahili

CATEGORY IV: 44 WEEKS (1100 HOURS)

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bengali
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • Georgian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Khmer
  • Lao
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Sinhala
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

CATEGORY V: 88 WEEKS (2200 HOURS)

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

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Sources: FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE LANGUAGE DIFFICULTY RANKINGS

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