We wanted to ask you a question: What is the hardest thing about learning a foreign language? Surprisingly, it isn't lack of access to learning materials. It isn't even access to practice opportunities or language teachers.
The most difficult thing about learning a foreign language is STAYING MOTIVATED.
Everyone can learn a language, but the problem is that most people give up!
At italki, we're trying to create an environment where you can use a language. We think it is easier to stay motivated when you're making friends and communicating with people around the world.
So, Don't give up!
Come back and find teachers and language partners on italki.
In case you didn't know... The US State Department (Foreign Office) has estimated how long it takes a native English speaker to learn a foreign language:
Category 1A: 600 Class Hours
Examples: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Category 1B: 900 Class Hours
Examples: German, Indonesian, Swahili
Category 2: 1100 Class Hours
Examples: Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Thai, Vietnamese
Category 3: 2200 Class Hours
Examples: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese
The bad news is that even the easiest languages take 600 class hours!
The good news is that you'll get there if you don't give up!
Have fun learning a language,