How Hard Is It To Learn Korean For English Speakers?

One of the questions I’m most often asked is, “How hard is it to learn Korean?” 

The short answer is, Korean can be quite difficult to learn. The American Foreign Service Institute (FSI) ranks Korean as a Category IV language, which puts it amongst the most difficult for native English speakers.

But what exactly makes it so difficult? We take a look at three reasons why it's difficult for native English speakers, and one way it can be easier to learn compared to other East Asian languages. 

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Is Vietnamese Hard to Learn?

Vietnamese has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging languages to learn in the world, but some linguists argue otherwise. This may leave you wondering: is Vietnamese hard to learn?

The answer: sort of. Like anything, it depends on how you look at it. Vietnamese has a few aspects that are far easier than most European languages, including short words and simplified grammar. However, it also includes things that most English Speakers will find quite challenging like tones and tricky pronouns. 

Let's dive in and explore this language! 

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What Is a Tonal Language And How Do You Learn One?

So you’ve decided you want to learn a tonal language. That’s great! But where do you even start? What even is a tonal language, for that matter? Let’s find out! 

A tonal language is one that uses the pitch of your voice to change the meaning of a word. This often means that words have four or five different meanings. Learning a tonal language requires patience, immersion, and the help of some language-learning software.

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19+ Best Apps to Learn French

Start learning one of Europe's most important languages using one, or perhaps a few, of the best apps to learn French. 

Rocket Languages, Busuu and FrenchPod101 are top of our list when it comes to the best apps to learn French. Closely, following behind is Brainscape, Tandem and SpeakEasy.

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Can You Learn Two Languages At Once?

Are you thinking about learning two languages at once? For many, learning a single language is a monumental feat in itself.

Not you.

You want more!

Simultaneously tackling two languages–a mildly herculean task–has some exciting upsides and drawbacks.

The simple answer is yes, you can learn two languages at once. But, you'll need to be dedicated to your learning journey, choose your language pair carefully and be prepared for some bumps along the road.

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How Long Does It Take To Learn Kanji?

With thousands of unique and unusual symbols, Kanji can seem intimidating to the Western learner. But how long does it actually take to learn Kanji?

According to our calculations, if you can put in the work to learn 25 kanji a day, and you have no prior experience with Japanese, you should be able to read kanji within three months. 

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