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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Icelandic

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This North Germanic language is an Indo-European language that was largely influenced by Danish and Swedish languages after the colonization of the Americas.

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Thai

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More popularly known as Siamese or Central Thai, Thai language is the official national language of Thailand. It’s a member of the Tai-Kadai language family and almost half of its words are borrowed from Pali, Old Khmer or Sanskrit. Thai is basically tonal and analytic and is known for its complex orthography and markers.

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Vietnamese

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Vietnamese is the national and official language of Vietnam, as well as a first or second language for many of its ethnic minorities. Vietnamese vocabulary has borrowings from Chinese, however the Vietnamese alphabet in use today is a Latin alphabet with additional diacritics for tones, and certain letters.

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Arabic

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Today’s Arabic language is a descendant of the Classic Arabic language that was first spoken during the 6th century. This language is spoken in a broad range of territories, stretching from the Middle East to the Horn of Africa. Most of its spoken varieties are unintelligible and are said to constitute a sociolinguistic language.



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Chinese

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A group of language varieties, Chinese language takes many forms that are not mutually intelligible. This language is spoken by about a fifth of the total world population and is considered among the most difficult languages to learn. The Standard Chinese language is spoken in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Singapore.