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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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442 190
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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220 108
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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267 179
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

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249 166
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

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215 138
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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165 77
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

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271 170
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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184 131
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

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185 139
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

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193 171
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

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169 129
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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206 156
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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121 103
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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92 77
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

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102 89
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

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80 71
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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81 71
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

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107 116
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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97 110
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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75 71
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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103 153
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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70 69
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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77 80
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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87 118
Slovenian Language is listed (or ranked) 25 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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116 160
Croation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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61 86
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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88 133
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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31 34
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

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131 177
German Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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183 247
English is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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35 41
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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47 63
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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90 125
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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57 88
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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74 119
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

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42 68
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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50 80
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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13 6
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

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53 89
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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13 26
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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80 137
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

43
110 210
French Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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20 38
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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63 116
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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65 117
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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24 51
Croatian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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20 42
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
salma-ibrahim added Somalia

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31 61
The origin and development of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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25 51
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language