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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

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

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

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

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

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Navajo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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Croation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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German Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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

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

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

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

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

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Estonia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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

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Klingon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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

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

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

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

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

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Body Language is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language

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Latvian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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Afrikaans is listed (or ranked) 50 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 ...