Thanks K-Barry! I knew there was a difference in difficulty, but those numbers make it much easier to understand just how different. Are those hours formal instruction/speaking with a native speaker? In your opinion, can the needed hours be achieved with independent study of Arabic?
Hi everyone. I am new here and deciding between learning Spanish and Arabic. I wanted to get some opinions from you all who have already mastered a second language so I can make a realistic decision. The primary reason I want to learn one of these languages is to get a broader understanding of the cultures and be able to volunteer in programs to help native speakers of either language establish themselves here. There is a relatively large Spanish speaking population local to me, and I would definitely have more local Spanish speakers to converse with while learning. I also cannot afford f