Language The Hardest Languages to Learn  

Jennifer Lee
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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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777 310
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
661 255
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
359 176
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

4
410 264
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

5
402 260
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

6
448 229
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

7
334 186
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

8
318 150
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

9
252 175
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added

10
326 220
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

11
163 93
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

12
244 183
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

13
247 224
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

14
145 92
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

15
219 183
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

16
152 105
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

17
148 130
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added

18
165 165
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

19
126 122
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

20
86 23
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

21
134 173
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

22
130 165
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

23
104 115
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

24
129 219
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

25
99 121
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo