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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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697 274
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
597 232
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
320 158
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

4
366 227
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

5
370 240
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

6
399 210
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

7
307 176
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

8
287 130
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

9
300 197
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

10
231 173
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

11
144 84
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

12
223 167
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

13
233 216
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

14
130 87
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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200 178
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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140 122
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

17
136 96
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

18
151 158
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

19
119 119
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

20
77 18
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

21
127 169
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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120 161
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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99 110
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

24
120 210
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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259 337
English is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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138 210
Croation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

27
94 116
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

28
116 184
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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169 237
German Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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86 140
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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100 169
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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73 113
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

33
58 88
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

34
100 176
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

35
129 263
French Language is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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73 128
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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44 80
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

38
97 182
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

40
39 76
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

41
67 129
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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61 121
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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50 108
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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75 155
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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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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49 114
Swedish Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Swedish Language

48
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