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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765 300
Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

2
648 250
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

3
353 170
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

4
402 258
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

5
393 253
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

6
440 223
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

7
327 184
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

8
310 143
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

9
245 172
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added

10
319 216
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

11
158 91
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

12
240 180
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

13
243 222
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

14
142 90
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

15
216 181
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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148 103
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

17
146 128
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added

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163 163
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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124 120
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

20
84 21
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

21
129 163
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

22
132 171
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

23
102 112
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

24
126 215
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

25
98 119
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

26
127 193
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

27
142 217
Croation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added

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285 392
English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

29
186 259
German Language is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

30
89 146
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

31
102 176
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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80 118
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

33
65 91
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added

34
79 131
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added

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104 184
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

36
48 85
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

37
46 80
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added

38
138 287
French Language is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

39
102 188
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

40
68 124
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

41
60 75
English Language is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
psychicmoon added

42
70 131
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added

43
84 164
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

44
88 169
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

45
39 81
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added

46
51 109
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

47
76 159
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

48
6 2
Hindi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Abdullah Imran added

49
38 94
Croatian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

50
53 121
Swedish Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Swedish Language