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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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503 208
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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313 205
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

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255 134
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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294 194
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

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227 100
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

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326 190
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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248 156
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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201 152
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

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201 158
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

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243 172
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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207 194
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

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179 157
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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106 76
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

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99 79
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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133 127
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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103 96
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

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112 108
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

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99 89
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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114 141
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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106 132
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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83 86
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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109 179
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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81 89
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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38 9
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

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216 280
English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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75 110
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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122 183
Croation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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91 142
Slovenian Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AnjaKastelicŦElion added Slovenian Language Slovenia is a beautifull, small country, with a lot of diversity and special language.

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97 154
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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149 206
German Language is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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57 87
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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92 147
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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41 62
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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35 56
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

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63 103
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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78 135
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

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118 231
French Language is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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57 102
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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53 96
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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44 84
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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84 155
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

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18 41
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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26 54
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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34 68
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language

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68 132
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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65 133
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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45 93
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language

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24 56
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added Somalia

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33 75
The origin and development of ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn