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What would be the easiest/hardest languages to learn?

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This has interested me for a while, and would be cool to find out and say "I speak the hardest language to learn in the world."

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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It's all relative. For people whose native languages are different, which languages are hardest also differs. Even then, I imagine people all have their own aptitudes towards different languages. The best you could do would probably be to bunch a group of complex languages in together as "those really hard languages" or something. :P

I've heard that Hungarian and Finnish are very complicated, though I have no idea myself. I love the sound of Finnish though, so I hope it's not too bad!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Hungarian is considered one of the toughest "major" languages to learn because of its pronunciation and the fact that it has 35 noun cases (English has 3, German has 4, Polish has 7). But check out Tuyuca...

http://mylanguages.org/difficult_languages.php

Tuyuca: a language of the eastern Amazon. Tuyuca has a sound system with simple consonants and a few nasal vowels, so is not as hard to speak. However it is heavily agglutinating. For example one word, "hóabãsiriga" means "I do not know how to write". It has two words for "we", inclusive and exclusive. The noun classes (genders) in Tuyuca’s language family (including close relatives) have been estimated at between fifty and 140. Most fascinating is that Tuyuca requires verb-endings on statements to show how the speaker knows something. Diga ape-wi means that "the boy played soccer (I know because I saw him)". English can provide such information, but for Tuyuca that is an obligatory ending on the verb. Evidential languages force speakers to think hard about how they learned what they say they know.


Between 50 and 140 noun cases plus the fact that verb-endings are dependent on how you know something?? Good luck ever becoming fluent in that if you're a non-native.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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Fascinating. This makes me feel like Italian is practically just another dialect of English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pilpilon
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they are classes, not cases, but all the same :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xiuhtecuhtli

For native English speakers, Japanese is supposed to be one of the hardest of the widely-spoken languages.

But there is no absolute "hardest language in the world" because native tongue plays a huge factor. And if you have a passion for learning Japanese it's going to be easier than learning an "easy" language you don't care about.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alecia
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I'm English and did school in Australia and did Japanese and it wasn't that hard. I think people get scared of because of the writing system but it makes it easier in my opinion, because then you can't confuse English words with the other languages', as in 'false friends'.

I guess it depends on your interests and experiences.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xiuhtecuhtli

I did Japanese in school too, but no one becomes fluent from that. The difficulty of a language is usually measured by how long it takes to get to fluency. Learning the writing system isn't that hard and it doesn't take long to pick up basics and learn to say "How are you" and "This is a pencil" but it takes much longer to master the subtleties of Japanese grammar.

But yes, it is very dependent on your interests!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso
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It absolutely depends on your native language, but I think the easiest one is Esperanto and the hardest ones are the Chinese languages in all respects.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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For English speakers, I hear that Afrikaans is very easy, and that Japanese is very hard. Croatian seems to be the hardest in general, and Esperanto is easy for a wide range of native speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Interesting answer to a question about Esperanto on Yahoo Answers:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100707095803AAzLBuw

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshySweet

kannad... language of karnataka is said to be toughest in india.

4 years ago