Method and Conclusion. See here.
Results. A ratings system was designed in terms of how difficult it would be for an English-language speaker to learn the language. In the case of English, English was judged according to how hard it would be for a non-English speaker to learn the language. Speaking, reading and writing were all considered.
Ratings: Languages are rated 1-6, easiest to hardest. 1 = easiest, 2 = moderately easy to average, 3 = average to moderately difficult, 4 = very difficult, 5 = extremely difficult, 6 = most difficult of all. Ratings are impressionistic.
Time needed. Time needed for an English language speaker to learn the language “reasonably well”: Level 1 languages = 3 months-1 year. Level 2 languages = 6 months-1 year. Level 3 languages = 1-2 years. Level 4 languages = 2 years. Level 5 languages = 3-4 years, but some may take longer. Level 6 languages = more than 4 years.
This post will look at the Berber languages in terms of how difficult it would be for an English speaker to learn them.
Berber languages are considered to be very hard to learn. Worse, there are very few language learning resources available.
Tamazight allows doubled consonants at the beginning of a word! How can you possibly make that sound?
Tamazight gets a 6 rating, hardest of all.
In Tachelhit, words like this are possible:
You took it off.
You gave it.
In addition, there are words which contain only one or two consonants:
Tachelhit gets a 6 rating, hardest of all.