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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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Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language
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Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language
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Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language
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Georgian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian
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Thai food is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added
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Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
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Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language
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Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic 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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Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic
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Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian
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Diné Bizaad (Navajo) 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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Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language
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Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic
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Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian
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Navajo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo