This Map Shows Which European Languages Are Easiest To Learn From English

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This Map Shows Which European Languages Are Easiest To Learn From English

This Map Shows Which European Languages Are Easiest To Learn From English
This Map Shows Which European Languages Are Easiest To Learn From English




The many European languages found on the continent seem so foreign from one another that it’s a wonder how these countries managed to unite, more or less, under the same banner. Well, the fact of the matter is that they did have a lot of problems because of it, and they still do. But regardless of this fact, many of the European languages are related to each other under different language families.

And because of this relationship between them, some of these languages are easier to learn and understand by native English speakers, than others. To make this scenario more relatable to the readers of this article, and others like it, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has ranked the different European languages, as well as those from other regions of the world, according to the time it would take an average English speaker to understand them.

This language map of Europe is colored differently, based on the difficulty of learning the language. In Category I, it would take English speakers roughly 24 weeks of instructions, whereas, at the other end of the spectrum, it would take them a whopping 44 weeks of learning. This means that, in less than one year, you could have a good grasp of the languages in Category I.

Now, when it comes to the other languages of the world, not just those in Europe, here is a more-complete list down below, arranged in the same categories as mentioned above.

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* Usually more difficult than other languages in the same category.

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