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✪ Hardest Languages To Learn?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

Depends on what your source language is and what your background is.

I personally find the languages without Latin characters to be more complicated to learn, because one has to learn an entirely new character set on top of the pronunciation and words. Others may not have this struggle.

2 years ago

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The ones least similar to your native language.

2 years ago

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Many bantu languages are really hard, but one of the hardest is !xóõ, from Botswana. It has a lot of click sounds (like 60 different clicks).

2 years ago

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!Xóõ is a Khoisan language, not Bantu.

2 years ago

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Oh, you are right! I thought that Khoisan languages were a subgroup from the Bantu group, but aren't. Thank you! anyways, many bantu languages are really hard and have clicks, like Xhosa and Zulu.

2 years ago

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I think all the clicks originated in the Khoisan group, and the Bantu languages just picked them up through contact with Khoisan speakers.
I agree that lots of Bantu languages have tone and clicks and agglutinative grammar, which feels like a combination of all the hardest things for English speakers. Swahili is Bantu, however, and lacks clicks and tones, and people say it's easy (mind you, they said that about Turkish, and I certainly take issue with that!).

2 years ago

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I think Irish is the hardest, because of the pronunciation, and the lenition and eclipsis, which changes the pronunciation of a word. So like, woman in Irish: bean (pronounced "ban") changes to bhean (pronounced "van"). I don't remember when this happens, I just know that it does. Also, the vocab is hard for me to remember sometimes.

2 years ago

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Hungarian is very hard to learn.

2 years ago

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Russian is definitely hard to learn in a good kind of way... ;)

2 years ago

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I think it is spanish because spanish you have to say things on gender, and master, and plural is hard. That's why I think spanish is the hardest. Mainly because of the stuff like "lo" and "se" I don't even know how to use them

2 years ago

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English!

1 year ago