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The Hardest Languages to Learn 

Jennifer Lee
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Updated April 18, 2019 22.6k votes 3.8k voters 68k views 59 items

List Rules 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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Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language
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Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language
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Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian
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Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language
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Georgian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian
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Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Thai food is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added
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Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language
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Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh
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Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language
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Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)
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Urdu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added
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Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language
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Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic
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Diné Bizaad (Nava... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)
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Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language
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Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic
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Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language
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Finnish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Emmi Orvokki added
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Croation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added