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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742 293
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
632 245
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
344 168
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

4
394 254
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

5
428 220
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

6
382 251
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

7
304 137
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

8
321 183
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

9
311 211
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

10
238 172
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added

11
153 89
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

12
236 178
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

13
241 221
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

14
138 90
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

15
208 180
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

16
144 102
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

17
145 128
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added

18
160 161
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

19
122 120
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

20
83 20
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

21
131 170
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

22
125 163
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

23
101 112
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

24
123 214
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

25
123 189
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

26
141 214
Croation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added

27
96 119
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

28
274 375
English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

29
182 252
German Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

30
87 144
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

31
102 174
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.

32
79 117
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

33
62 89
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added

34
78 130
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added

35
103 182
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

36
47 83
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

37
138 281
French Language is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

38
45 79
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added

39
102 187
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

40
66 123
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

41
87 168
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

42
69 131
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added

43
81 163
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

44
37 80
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added

45
50 109
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

46
76 158
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

47
52 117
Swedish Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Swedish Language

48
67 174
Afrikaans is listed (or ranked) 48 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 single possibility because there are almost no rules. A lot of native speakers gets it wrong too.

49
57 127
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language

50
36 93
Croatian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn