25 Of The Most Difficult Languages To Learn In The World

Posted by on February 4, 2015

Learning a different language can be fun. Not only is it a mark of distinction among your peers, but it also opens the door to interactions with completely different cultures. With that said, some languages are easier to learn than others. So unless you are a glutton for arduous mental stimuli, we recommend you stay away from these 25 of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. If you have managed to learn any of these languages, we congratulate you!



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Dutch

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This language is a West Germanic language that is mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname. It currently holds an official status in Aruba, Sint Maarten, and Curacao; and in many portions of Europe and the United States. Dutch language is closely related to English and German and does not use the Germanic umlaut as a grammatical marker.

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Slovenian

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The Slovenian language is part of the South Slavic language group and is spoken by over 2.5 million speakers around the world, mostly in Slovenia. This language is one of the 24 official and working languages of the European Union and is based on Upper and Lower Carniolan dialect groups.

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Afrikaans

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A West Germanic language, Afrikaans is spoken by the natives of Namibia and South Africa, as well as Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is considered an offshoot of different Dutch dialects and thus a daughter language of Dutch.

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Danish

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Spoken by more than six million people around the world, Danish is a North Germanic language that currently holds a minority language status. In Greenland, around 15-20% of the total population speaks this language. It is mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian languages and is a descendant of Old Norse.



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Basque

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Basque is the ancestral language of the Basque Country, which spans from the northeastern part of Spain to southwestern France. Almost 27% of the total population of Basque territories speaks the language.