Russian suffers a reputation as a difficult language, but just how hard is it to learn Russian?
Russian is a difficult language to learn, but it's not the hardest out there. Its phonetic alphabet is easy to pick up, and the language borrows quite a few words from English too. Where you might struggle is with Russian grammar and pronunciation. All in all, the Foreign Service Institute believes you can become proficient in Russian after 1,100 hours of study time.