Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The 5 Easiest Second Languages to Learn for English Speakers

“Compiling this list was no easy task, for the ease of a language cannot be established in a mathematical, unbiased way. In fact, this countdown is inevitably subjective, and definitely open to debate. However, we found a great starting point for our research in the language difficulty ranking created by the Foreign Service Institute, where languages are categorized regarding their closeness to English, and the estimated time to learn them. All the languages in this countdown fall under Category I of the ranking; being the closest languages related to English, and taking approximately 23-24 weeks to learn them (575-600 hours).”

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