Languages included in the institute's easiest category are Danish, French, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. And languages in the hardest category are Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. Native Japanese speakers, on the other hand, have considerable difficulty learning the English language.
Regarding this, is Chinese hard to learn for English speakers?
Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons. But writing isn't the only difficult part of learning Mandarin. The tonal nature of the language makes speaking it very hard as well.
How long will it take me to learn Mandarin?
However, to become fluent, experts estimate that it'll take 2,200 class hours. If you put the rest of your life on hold and focused only on studying Chinese – at 5 hours of practice a day, it would take you 88 weeks. Here's the long story.
Is Chinese harder to learn than 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. Chinese grammar is generally considered a lot easier to learn than Japanese.