What language do you think is the most difficult one to learn?

@lzjilbb (425)
China
April 24, 2008 10:54pm CST
Not including some ancient language :)
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10 responses
• Trinidad And Tobago
13 May 08
i heard some people say that english is the hardest language to learn. i don't think so. and it's not because i speak it. honestly i think the hardest is hindi. becuase there are certain things u have to pronounce in certain ways or u'll mean something else. but when u look at it chinese is just like that. i guest it's a draw.
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
I tried learning Japanese, French and Mandarin but i think the hardest is Mandarin, or Chinese language in general. I mean, China is a big country and some areas only speak one form of chinese like Fookien, which is different from Mandarin altogether in pronunciation and use of words/characters. also, there may be two similar words in mandarin, but what distinguishes one from the other is its pronunciation, but when you listen to it both spoken, it sounds almost the same.. it's quite frustrating, i say, one wrong pronunciation and you'd be misunderstood or you'd be saying another thing..
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
FOr me, i think it's french.. Though it doesn't need much twisting and rolling of the tongue to pronounce the words.. BUt the projection of your tone will speaking french is different from most languages.. Frech is like strong and yet gentle.. So to me, french is the most difficult to learn..
• United States
25 Apr 08
I have to say English because of the so many inconsistent rules. I have problems with spelling and other parts of grammar and I was raised in the US all my life but this is from observation of people trying to speak the English language that have been raised in another country.
• Pakistan
25 Apr 08
I t6hink they are not difficult ,they just require time and practice thats all .many of them contains almost same gramatical rules which helps us to learn them easily.i am learning arabic and english nowadays.
@asimo603 (1366)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 08
This is very subjective and depends on individual. If you are fluent in a language, then it is not difficult for you to learn further. Otherwise, there is no easy work to learn a foreign language. I'm chinese and am chinese educated, yet I still find that Chinese is the most difficult language to learn . Just like eoeoeo's response, taking into consideration of writing and reading, Chinese should be the top most difficult language to learn as Chinese word evolve from the object it defined. Every different stroke represent a difficult word with different meaning. Anyhow, if one is determined and persistent,he/she should have no problem in learning and maybe mastering another language. I've once self-learning Japanese before using book with CD,able to understand, read and write the basic Japanese but it's just that I'm not determined and persistent enough .... otherwise, till today, I might have learned another foreign language ...
@youless (104240)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Apr 08
In my opinion, any foreign languages will be difficult to learn. I learned a little French and I found it's much more difficult than English. Besides, I also think that Japanese is a difficult language because you have to know how to write their words. I love China
• Canada
25 Apr 08
i have never tried learning this language before, however chinese, japenese etc look the hardest to learn in my opinon. one picture, can mean differnt things, and from what i hear, there not much of an alphabet, lol i could be wrong?
@eoeoeo (125)
• United States
25 Apr 08
It depends on what you consider "learned". Perhaps you could be fluent and perfect in one language, but have no idea how to write or read. Perhaps it's the other way around... I'm fairly sure without a doubt that in terms of writing and reading Chinese is among the top. Why? Chinese does not follow the traditional phonetic alphabet, there is no alphabet. Each character symbolizes and was once a drawing of the object it defined. There was a split in this, creating Calligraphy and traditional Chinese writing. Both take time and dedication to learn. Verbally? People say English is among the hardest to speak fluently. Even Americans themselves don't know their own grammar rules. For example, when you answer the phone and the person asks for yourself, which is right, "I'm speaking" or "It is I". Few would fail to recognize the specific grammatical errors inside these two statements. English has a wide variety of grammar rules for no reason whatsoever.
• United States
25 Apr 08
I only speak English, and a little Spanish, I have always heard that English is the hardest to learn, but looking at Chinese writings, I would think that would be very tough! Also Farsi, is a difficult language to learn, I studied it for a few months before I gave up.