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Learning a foreign language is a relatively difficult task, however, some languages are much harder to learn than others. For this reason, if you are an English speaker and your goal is to learn a new language fast, you should pick languages such as Spanish or Italian. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a real challenge, choose languages such as Arabic or Chinese.
The infographic below shows the difficulty levels of a variety of languages based on the number of hours required for an English speaker to achieve reading and speaking proficiency. German (which is not on the list) would be placed between easy and medium, requiring about 750 class hours.
Via: Voxy Blog
Keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and that the ability to learn a new language varies greatly from person to person. Personal factors, such as motivation and the amount of exposure to the language, significantly affect the process of language acquisition. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I believe that studying abroad is perhaps the most effective way to learn a new language. Do you agree?