ILLITERATE. [GMT-8 LOS ANGELES]

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FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN ORDER OF LEARNING DIFFICULTY AS PRESENTED BY THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

Category I: Languages closely related to English
23-24 weeks (575-600 class hours)
Afrikaans Danish
Dutch
French
Italian
Norwegian
Portuguese
Romanian
Spanish
Swedish

30 weeks (750 class hours)
German

36 weeks (900 class hours)
Indonesian
Malaysian
Swahili

Category II: Languages with significant linguistic and/or cultural differences from English
44 weeks (1100 class 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
Sinhalese
Slovak
Slovenian
Tagalog
* Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uzbek
* Vietnamese
Xhosa
Zulu

Category III: Languages which are exceptionally difficult for native English speakers
88 weeks (2200 class hours)
Arabic
Cantonese
Mandarin
* Japanese
Korean

*Denotes languages with slightly greater degree of difficulty than others within same Category level



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