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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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475 203
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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244 123
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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274 184
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

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291 197
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

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200 93
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

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234 151
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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297 184
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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193 147
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

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195 154
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

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201 186
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

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229 170
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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176 149
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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96 75
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

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90 77
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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126 120
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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98 88
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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110 100
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

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111 132
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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103 123
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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89 87
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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80 78
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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79 81
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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106 168
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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118 174
Croation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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70 102
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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89 134
Slovenian Language is listed (or ranked) 27 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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202 267
English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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94 146
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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142 195
German Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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26 8
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

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52 77
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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90 137
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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32 48
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

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38 54
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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60 96
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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76 128
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

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116 221
French Language is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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52 88
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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43 77
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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54 96
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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82 147
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

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15 34
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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64 124
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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22 47
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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66 124
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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30 60
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language

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32 68
The origin and development of ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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21 49
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added Somalia

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40 84
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language