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The Top 5 Hardest Languages to Learn

Learning a new language can be a very rewarding experience. It can also be a very difficult experience! Various cultures lay claim to having one of the hardest languages to learn, so which ones are really the hardest? Many factors determine this question such as how similar one’s own language is compared to the one they are trying to learn, how complex the letters and sounds are, and the grammatical rules of writing the language. Having said this, no particular language is really simple to learn. But according to research, the following five languages have been deemed the hardest in the world.


Just by looking at the Arabic letters is a sign of how difficult it may be to learn the language. Aside from that, the major reason that many people find this language is so hard to learn is that there are not many (if any) words that resemble those spoken in the English and European languages. There are less vowels used in Arabic than in other languages and this makes it very hard for many to read and speak the language.


Chinese is a valuable language to know since the United States does so much business with those in China. However, it is deemed as difficult to learn according to many people. The main reason is that Chinese is known as a tonal language. A tonal language is one that’s meaning changes as the tone of the word changes. In addition to this, the Chinese alphabet contains thousands of characters which makes the writing system very difficult to master .Over all, this is an extremely formidable language.


Number three on the list is Korean. Why is this language so difficult to learn? One reason deals with the Chinese  language. When written, the Korean language utilizes many of the hardest characters in the Chinese language. Also, as compared to English and other European languages, the sentence structures are very difficult, their syntax is harder to grasp and their verb conjugations are nearly impossible to understand until you have studied the language for quite a bit of time.


Apparently, several of the Asian languages have made the list for hardest to learn! Japanese is quite similar to Chinese in that those who are learning it must be able to remember a multitude of characters. Japanese is made even more difficult to learn due to the fact that there are three separate systems of writing and two sets of syllabary systems.


The last five of the hardest languages to learn is Hungarian. The reason that this language  made the list is that is has seven separate verb conjugations and three sets of genders; feminine, masculine, and neuter. An interesting thing to note about this language is that it has no particular origin. It is not linked to a base language such as Latin, from which Italian, French and Spanish were born from.

If you wish to learn any of the above languages, please do not be discouraged that they made this list. Just because something is hard does not mean that it is impossible. Plus, this list may not apply to everyone. Some people will have an easier time than others when it comes to learning certain things. If you set your mind to it and apply yourself, there is no way that you can fail!


55 thoughts on “The Top 5 Hardest Languages to Learn

  1. Although Arabic has three vowels – Alef, Yah, Waw – these can change from light to dark tones when preceded by Daad, Saad, and Qaf, and each vowel also has guttural stops. So Arabic has more vowel sounds than the three.

  2. Hey, wait a minute! Hungarian IS part of a language group: the Ugric languages. The other surviving members of this group are Finnish and Estonian. The latter two always look the same to me, but Hungarian looks very different.

  3. Do you know,ladies and Gentlemen, that Arabic is the language of Holy Coran,and never seen reforms inside its languistic rules? Europe had used several spoken languages mostly derivated from Latin and Greek ones.

  4. the Hungarian language has no genders and it is the part of the Finno-Ugric branch in the Uralic language family. Believe me, I’m a Hungarian 🙂

  5. “Just by looking at the Arabic letters is a sign of how difficult it may be to learn the language.” – In fact, the Arabic alphabet, contrary to what many people think, it is easy to learn. The appearance of the letter is not in any way a measure of the difficulty.

  6. I think some of this information is exaggerate and wrong in some ways. Actually, Chinese grammar is even more simple than many European languages including English: there are no conjugations, no tenses, no genders, no cases, in other words, each aspects is based on simple words alone. The information also says Korean languages use many of the complex characters as Chinese, the fact is that Koreans are no longer used to learn or write the characters that they call Hanja, it is not mandatory to know them to be literate. Hangul, the main Korean writing system is one of the simplest and easiest alphabets to learn, and it’s also very logical. There are only 24 letters as Latin alphabet, and no hundreds of symbols as the neighbouring languages Chinese and Japanese do. I just write this because I have been learning these languages and they are not so hard as many think…

  7. As an English native-speaker and teacher of foreign languages, I would have to agree: English. Because of its unique linguistic background, penchant for nuance, and the lack of a national academy that makes spelling changes logical, English has got to be extremely difficult!

  8. I think each language is difficult, it depends on what your native language is. I’m Italian and I have difficulties with English, but I suppose Chinese and Arabic are too much hard for an Italian native speaker..


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