How Much Time Does A Person Need to Learn A New Language?

How Much Time Does A Person Need to Learn A New Language?

Learning a new language is quite an intimidating task. Even though it is hard, some people have proven that it’s possible to do it.

You just need to make time and effort for you to learn it. The question is, how much time does a person need to learn a new language?

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How long would it take for us to be fluent in speaking German or Japanese?

According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the time that you needed to give to learn a new language is based on the difficulty of a language.

Fortunately, Redditor Fummy made a simpler color-coded map of European countries which displays the time we needed to learn the language of a country or region.

So, if you are currently learning a new language, here’s a list of how much time you need to spend to master a language. It also includes the FSI’s classification of difficulty of the languages of the world.

Learning New Language Takes Time

23-24 Weeks (575-600 Hours)

A person must spend at least 23 to 24 weeks to learn the following languages:

Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, and Spanish,

30 Weeks (750 Hours)


A person must spend at least 30 weeks to learn the German language.

36 Weeks (900 Hours)

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A person must spend at least 36 weeks to learn Indonesian, Malaysian, and Swahili.

44 Weeks (1100 Hours)

A person must spend at least 44 weeks to learn the following languages:

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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

88 Weeks (2200 Hours)

A person must spend at least 88 weeks to learn Arabic, Cantonese (Chinese), Mandarin (Chinese), Japanese, and Korean.


Honestly, people are so fond of speaking Japanese because of the Anime (Japanese animated shows). But after discovering this time map for each language, we wonder if they would still like to learn Japanese.

Share this with your friends and family who are on the process of learning a new language. We just don’t know if this information will inspire them or hinder them.


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