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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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663 261
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
567 221
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
345 214
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

4
299 148
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

5
356 228
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

6
380 201
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

7
272 120
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

8
291 168
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

9
285 188
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

10
218 169
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

11
213 164
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

12
223 213
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

13
132 83
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

14
122 86
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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193 175
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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131 119
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

17
128 93
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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144 152
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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110 116
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

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68 16
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

21
122 164
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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114 156
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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93 108
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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114 205
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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238 325
English is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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132 206
Croation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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88 113
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

28
163 229
German Language is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

The 34 Hottest Odd-Looking Women

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83 134
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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106 178
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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98 164
Slovenian Language is listed (or ranked) 31 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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68 107
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

33
100 170
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

34
52 83
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

35
71 124
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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125 256
French Language is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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41 76
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

38
96 177
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

39
83 159
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

40
64 125
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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60 117
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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35 73
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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74 151
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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72 154
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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49 105
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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34 76
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added Somalia

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40 94
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language

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22 62
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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62 167
Afrikaans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
JPMeijers added Afrikaans I don't know of anyone that has ever learned Afrikaans and can speak it perfectly. Rumour has it that Afrikaans is an easy language without rules, but this is exactly why it is difficult to learn. One needs to remember every ...

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52 118
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language