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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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688 269
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
588 229
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
359 224
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

4
309 157
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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365 236
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

6
394 207
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

7
284 124
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

8
302 174
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

9
293 194
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

10
225 172
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

11
140 83
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

12
218 166
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

13
229 214
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

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128 86
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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197 178
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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136 120
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

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133 94
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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148 156
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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116 117
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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76 16
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

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127 167
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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118 158
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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97 109
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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118 207
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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253 332
English is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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137 208
Croation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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93 114
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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115 182
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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168 234
German Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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86 136
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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100 166
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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72 109
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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55 86
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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100 173
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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73 126
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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128 261
French Language is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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43 79
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

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97 181
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

39
85 163
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

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66 129
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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38 76
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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60 121
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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74 157
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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75 154
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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50 108
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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34 79
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added Somalia

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49 113
Swedish Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Swedish Language

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22 64
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

49
63 172
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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53 122
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language