Is Japanese or Hebrew easier for an English speaker to learn?



With Japanese you have to learn at least two separate writing systems (some number them as more than two) Not so with Hebrew. The Federal Government makes this comparison easier for us by giving us the average amount of classroom time it takes for a native (U.S.) English-speaker to learn a foreign language. Japanese: 88 weeks / 2200 hours - falls in the "most difficult" category - asterisked, identified as a language that is more difficult than others in the same category! Hebrew: 44 weeks / 1100 hours So: Japanese is considered by the U.S. government to be one of THE most difficult languages for native English-speakers to learn. Not so Hebrew.


Per the American Foreign Service Institute, for an English speaker learning a first foreign language, it's: 1. Hebrew. Level IV. Requires 1100 hours of study to reach competency (not fluency). 2. Japanese. Level V. Requires 2200 hours. Level V is the most difficult level on the AFSI list. Note that the Japanese writing system uses three different scripts. You must know all three, since they can all appear in even a simple sentence like: I am American. Note also that level I languages require about 600 hours of study.


עברית Ivrit looks easy.