25 Of The Most Difficult Languages To Learn In The World

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Learning a different language can be fun and open new possibilities. However, some languages are easier to learn than others. Just what are the most difficult languages to learn? While a lot of it depends on your native language and many other factors, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most challenging languages for many learners. Here are the 25 Most Difficult Languages To Learn In The World!

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Icelandic

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This North Germanic language is an Indo-European language. It 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, the Thai language is the official national language of Thailand. It’s a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. 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 written alphabet 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. However, there’s a big twist that makes this language quite difficult. The Arabic you might learn in a classroom might help you with reading and writing. However, when it comes to speaking with native speakers, it depends on where they are from. For instance, an Arabic speaker from Morocco might have a very difficult time understanding an Arabic speaker from Egypt.

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Chinese

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The 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.

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