Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Since we have had a lot of time due to closures resulting from the emerging corona virus, learning a new language may be a good option to spend time.
After World War II, the United States expanded its influence around the world by training its staff at its embassies to learn local languages in the countries in which they were present.
Fortunately for those looking to learn languages, books and tapes for languages can be found at the U.S. State Service Institute online.
The institute also provides a great service for the classification of languages in terms of their difficulty for English speakers.
The easiest language (about 600 hours of study)
In addition to the Dutch and Norwegian languages, famous Latin languages such as Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese require approximately 600 hours of study to achieve “general professional aptitude” in speaking and reading.
German (750 hours)
The German language may seem very difficult, as the language includes male, female and neutral names.
But, on the other hand, the pronunciation and spelling will be evident once you learn its many rules.
While learning this language, you will realize that the Germans will never interrupt you during a conversation. They are waiting to hear the verb at the end of the sentence to find out what you are talking about.
Malay and Swahili (900 hours)
Malay is the common language of many Southeast Asian countries and has been simplified by being used as a second language by non-native speakers.
One can use the plural by repeating a word twice, for example, since the word book means “poco”, meaning the word “poco poco”.
As for the Swahili language, it developed as a commercial language in East Africa, and it is described as containing Arabic vocabulary based on African grammar.
Hungarian (1100 hours)
If you like the challenge, try learning the Hungarian language, as it is not like any European language you have heard, except perhaps the Basque language.
Greek (1100 hours)
Modern Greek may be the easiest language to learn among different languages that use alphabet.
There is a satirical book titled “Learning Greek in 25 Years”, however, you will be surprised at how easy it is to learn its alphabet, due to the fact that Greek is a language that has contributed many words to the English language.
Russian (1100 hours)
Learning the Russian language is a huge advantage, and once you master it, you’ll be able to understand other languages like Czech, Polish or Bulgarian.
Many of the inhabitants of the regions of the former Soviet Union, from Armenia to Kyrgyzstan, also use the Russian language.
Arabic Language (2200 hours)
Connected letters and the trend of reading Arabic are a major challenge for those who learn it.
Although classical Arabic will make you understandable anywhere, colloquial Arabic may be more helpful when talking to locals.
Japanese (2200 hours)
Japan has many fans, but they face a very difficult language, as it uses Chinese characters “kanji” cut off from its original meaning, in addition to two syllabic writing systems, “hiragana” and “katakana”.
Cantonese / Mandarin (2200)
Each Chinese dialect can be considered a language on its own, but Mandarin is the official language in modern China.
To further complicate the matter, there are two main types of Chinese characters written under the same writing system: traditional Chinese used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and simplified Chinese in mainland China.