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The Hardest Languages to Learn

List Criteria: List of the hardest foreign languages to learn.

What is the hardest language to learn? It depends, but there are several foreign languages that can be extremely difficult to master. They include several of the Asian languages (particularly Mandarin), and some of the slavic languages as well. This list includes some of the most difficult foreign languages to learn, so be sure to vote for those that you think would be the most challenging -- and vote down the languages that you don't believe are truly that difficult to grasp. Also, if any foreign language that you think is particularly tough to master is missing, add it!

What makes learning a specific language difficult? Some of the factors that make a foreign language tough to learn include how hard it is to speak and pronounce (correctly) and how hard it is to write. Word cases are important, too: Some languages have dozens of different word cases, making it almost impossible to keep track. And keep in mind, what comes easy to some might be extremely tough for others. Learning English as a second language can be very, very hard, depending on your native tongue.

If you're thinking about learning your first foreign language, you might consider checking out this list of the easiest languages to learn. It includes some of the best languages to learn, including Spanish, Italian and French. Enjoy! Jouir! Godere! Élvez! (That last one is Hungarian, and it's really, really hard to learn).
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    Chinese language

    100
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    Albanian

    91
    added by: KenDobs
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    Icelandic Language

    83
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    Gaelic

    79
    added by: NWashburn
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    Arabic Language

    69
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    Croation

    65
    added by: ravensymone
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    Welsh Language

    61
    added by: Ashtro1969
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    Hungarian Language

    60
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    Urdu

    59
    added by: marya
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    Hebrew Language

    55
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    Afrikaans

    53
    added by: JPMeijers
    I don't know of anyone that has ever learned Afrikaans and can speak it perfectly. Rumour has ... more
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    Korean Language

    53
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    Basque Language

    50
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    Slovenian Language

    50
    added by: AnjaKastelicŦElion
    Slovenia is a beautifull, small country, with a lot of diversity and special language.
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    Farsi (Persian)

    49
    added by: zxray
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    Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

    47
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    Danish Language

    46
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    Aramaic

    46
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    Indonesian Language

    45
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    Sign Language

    44
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    new! Navajo

    43
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    Tagalog

    43
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    English

    43
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    Ivrit

    43
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    Dutch Language

    42
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    Binary Code

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