How long will it take to learn a language?

It depends on how much time you’re able to put into your studies, how often you practise using the language, and the degree to which you are immersed in it. It is possible to acquire basic conversational fluency, i.e. the … Continue reading

Which is harder to learn, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese?

Learning to read and write Japanese is probably harder than Chinese because most Japanese characters (kanji) have two or more pronunciations, whereas the vast majority of Chinese characters (hanzi) only have one. In Japanese you also have to contend with … Continue reading

Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?

It is believed by linguists that no spoken language is significantly more difficult to learn than any other in absolute terms. Children can learn their mother tongues, whatever they may be, without too much trouble. However adults already speak one … Continue reading

Learning Writing Systems (Part 3)

  Reading Practice reading texts written in the new alphabet as often as possible. Even if you don’t know all the letters or symbols, you will be able to make out some of the words and to guess some of … Continue reading