FSI Language Difficulty Ranking – Don’t Let it Put You Off

The Foreign Services Institute (FSI) has developed a difficulty ranking of languages based on the time it will take an English speaker to learn the different languages. You can see the ranking here: https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/ It ranks the languages on their similarity to English. For example, Spanish and Swedish are in category 1, requiring an average […]

Comprehensible reading material for language learners

Reading is one of the most important elements of language learning. While speaking may be a priority for many, before long, reading ability becomes a necessity, especially if you live in a country where that language is dominant. When I moved to Japan in 2000, not being able to read was a source of great […]