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The Hardest Languages to Learn

Updated April 18, 2019 17.8k votes 3.9k voters 68.5k views50 items

List RulesList 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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    Aramaic
    122
    118

    Aramaic

  • 27
    Slovak Language
    115
    163

    Slovak Language

  • 28
    Czech Republic
    118
    134
  • 29
    Albanian
    121
    199

    Albanian

  • 30
    Navajo
    114
    130

    Navajo

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    Lithuanian
    86
    104

    Lithuanian

  • 32
    Estonian
    79
    96
  • 33
    Dutch Language
    111
    182

    Dutch Language

  • 34
    10
    13

    Tlingit Language

  • 35
    Binary Code
    140
    208

    Binary Code

  • 36
    Nepali
    13
    20
  • 37
    9
    14

    konkani

  • 38
    Danish Language
    90
    171

    Danish Language

  • 39
    Serbian
    94
    143
  • 40
    6
    12

    Literary Konkani

  • 41
    Slovenian Language
    97
    175

    Slovenian Language

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  • 42
    25
    44

    Portuguese

  • 43
    Somalia
    54
    91
  • 44
    Indonesian Language
    67
    151

    Indonesian Language

  • 45
    Norwegian Language
    60
    144
  • 46
    Tagalog
    71
    125

    Tagalog

  • 47
    44
    81
  • 48
    English
    316
    529

    English

  • 49
    Klingon
    67
    125
  • 50
    English Language
    64
    124