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25 Of The Most Difficult Languages to Learn

I wanted to share this article that I found. If you're not sure what language you want to learn, maybe this can help if you don't want to have too much of a struggle.


I also found this language difficulty ranking out of four levels of difficulty,

tl;dr: Easiest are Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese; hardest are Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.


September 9, 2015



That is a weird list. Norwegian? Afrikaans? Dutch of all things?

What exactly are the easy languages, then?

September 9, 2015


Easiest are Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese; hardest are Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.

That's probably true from a Indoeuropean-speaking perspective; I guess for a Chinese or Japanese native speaker it's the opposite way round... surely there are some "objective" indexes like the number of grammatical cases and verb moods and tenses and so on, but it quite depends on how different the native and target languages are, rather than on an intrinsic "difficulty" of the latter.

I'm currently learning some Korean through a podcast series, and it's amazing to listen to how puzzling some English grammar rules are to Korean pupils... just the rules about how answering "Yes" or "No" to simple questions are totally different...

September 9, 2015


I used to try to learn Korean because my minor in university was Japanese. I quit both T.T I did not need the languages after all.

September 9, 2015


Mandarin and Japanese are not as hard as everyone thinks

September 9, 2015


I don't know Japanese, but I must agree about Mandarin. Did it for my iGCSE, the grammar is very simple, and once you know a couple hundred characters, all of the other characters are easier to memorise.

August 16, 2018


Why Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani aren't included? :/ They all are hard I think. Btw, I will still tackle Arabic, Mandarin and Navajo :3 :)

September 10, 2015


I am Turk and Turkısh and Azerbaijani are very similar.I can understand %90 Azerbaijani.Added Turkish to Azerbaijani added,too.

February 1, 2018


Japanese may be listed as one of the hardest languages, but in my opinion, it is actually a really fun and quite an easy language to learn. It may have three writing systems, but two of them can be learned in a breeze, and kanji is the fun part of it all. On top of this, the sounds in Japanese are really easy to make. To top it off it requires fewer words, so when you say something it can cover multiple things that could be said. And if you aren't understood the first time, add words to what you just said in order to be understood.

December 20, 2017


That just depends on what your mother tongue is, I think. Weird detail, nr. 23 is Norwegian, but then it shows the Dutch alphabet and pronunciation :p. In addition, it puts Afrikaans as a difficult language but I doubt that, since its grammar is very easy and it has a lot of English influences.

September 9, 2015



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