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Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by temidayo123: 2:22pm On Jun 05, 2015
Being a multilingual involves a lot of skill and effort .But the ability to communicate in various languages and understand different cultures at the same time is also rewarding. Nowadays, language exchange has been a trend among people of different nations and many would spare time and money just to learn a new language.

In case you’re up for the challenge, here is a list of the top 10 most difficult languages to learn.

1. Chinese/Mandarin


If you’re a native English speaker who has known only the 26 letters the alphabet, then Mandarin might be a tough language to learn. You have to learn atleast 5, 000 new characters on top of mastering the 4 different intonations of words and phrases in Chinese.

2. Japanese


Like Chinese, Japanese also involves learning characters. In Japanese, characters come in three sets namely: Hiragana, Katakana,and Kanji. The sentence construction is also different from English so constructing sentences can be a real challenge.

3. Arabic


Arabic is very different from languages that originate in European languages. The written Arabic consists of few vowels and may, therefore, be difficult to read.

4. French


French is relatively hard for those who don’t have a good grasp of Roman languages such as Spanish and Italian. The pronunciation follows strictly the spelling and the rolling of the tongue may take some time to master.

5. Danish


On the average, you need to devote 570- 600 hours of learning time for Danish. The phonetics is quiet complicated from among the other languages.

6. Russian


To achieve proficiency in this language, you need to spend 44 weeks learning or approximately 1,110 class hours.

7. German


German has grammatical gender which requires lots of memorizations. Some dialects are also incorporated in the language.

8. Finnish


What makes Finnish difficult to learn is its extremely complicated grammar and “endless derivative suffixes”. The modifiers in their nouns and verbs may vary from sentence to sentence.

9. Greek


Greek language is one of the oldest and most historically documented. But throughout its history, the syllabic structure remained unchanged. The language is characterized by complicated combinations of sounds and numerous derivational affixes.

10. Icelandic


The Icelandic vocabulary is relatively old and the grammar rules are so complex. The reason why Icelandic is seemingly so ancient is because it retained ancient Germanic languages.

Source: http://www.prouddamnews.com/2015/06/top-10-most-difficult-languages-to.html

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Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by tosynbolade(m): 2:25pm On Jun 05, 2015
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by KELVIN086: 12:26pm On Jun 06, 2015
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by VintageCocktail(m): 1:43pm On Jun 06, 2015
Billionaires language is difficult too, spoken by some selected few in the world
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by dddrexjr(m): 2:09pm On Jun 07, 2015
Mandarin na bastard,it's easier to committing suicide … meeeehnnn
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by 15thMonica: 3:18pm On Jun 07, 2015
Nigeria pigin tongue
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by easrael(m): 10:52am On Jun 14, 2015

OMG!!! What I'm I gonna do now ooooo
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by optimusprime2(m): 8:21pm On Jun 23, 2015
Puuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzze who says French is difficult?
Compared to Languages like Hindu or Turkish?
Get your facts right please

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Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by fighal(m): 2:31am On Jun 24, 2015
Bros hope italian is not that difficult to learn
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by vipvoy(m): 9:39pm On Jun 24, 2015
I see French is in the top maybe people forgot about its imperial past order
Re: Top 10 Most Difficult Languages To Learn by infokingboss(m): 7:06pm On Jun 29, 2015
French is one of the easiest language to learn as most of its vocabs are borrowed from english language.

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