Which language do you think is the most difficut to learn?

@enix119 (101)
China
March 25, 2010 4:52am CST
I think Germany is the most difficult to learn. It's complex of the gramma, vocabulary, expression espessially that every word can be divided into 'male','female'. I was really confused about it when learning Germany.But it also depends the speaker. Perhaps the German will never regard Germany as the difficult language in the world. What language do you learn and which one is the most difficult?
4 responses
• China
25 Mar 10
Aha,I hear that many people think Chinese is the most difficult to learn.I don't know why they have a feeling like that.As a Chinese,I think it very easy to learn.As so far I have contact two foreign languages,the french and the English.I think both of them are difficult.But the french is harder,it seems that every word is divided into "male" and "female" too.And I don't learn french now ,but I still have to learn English,so now I just want to say why English is so difficult to learn.
@Torunn (5408)
• Norway
25 Mar 10
Well, one reason many find Chinese difficult to learn is that in many Chinese dialects there's different pitch accents, and if you don't talk a language that has that, it's very difficult to hear. A pitch accent is pitch variations that for example give different meaning to words that have the same pronounciation. I think some Chinese dialects have 8 different pitches, in Norwegian we have only two but that's enough to make it difficult for foreigners to hear the difference between peas (bønner) and farmers (bønder, the d is silent)
@Torunn (5408)
• Norway
25 Mar 10
Words with "genders" are quite normal in Europe, the English are too lazy to stick with it but many other languages have it. It would have made life easier if they had used the same gender for the same word, but as we change genders within the same language I don't think that'll ever happen. I don't think German's very difficult, pronounciation is fairly straight forward and the grammar is logical. At least most of the time. I think Icelandic must be the most difficult language I've tried, for different reasons. One is that is in many ways is quite similar to my native language (Norwegian) so it's more like changing everything than learning a totally new language. There's a lot of grammar, and unlike German, you can't get away with talking fast and making the endings a bit unclear when you don't remember the correct form. You actually have to get it right, else they will start talking English to you. Which of course is another problem, it's not that easy to practice it. Not a lot of people to talk to. Then there's the voiced guttural fricatives, they don't agree with my throat. I like reading it though.
@crackx (628)
• Belgium
25 Mar 10
Well since I'm Dutch, German might not seem to hard for me, but Chinese is one of the hardest to learn. Some say it might take over 6 years to fully understand what the usual Chinese person says. French and English get spoken a lot over the whole world, so it isn't the hardest either in my opinion.
@annierose (18949)
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
hi enix119, As of now, I am studying a foreign language. I want to learn Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Among the three, I think Spanish is the easiest, Japanese is average and Chinese is the most difficult. I say so because of the way they pronounce their words or sentences. Unlike in Spanish, whatever words they write, it will be also the way they will pronounce it. One more, I think it is easy for me to learn Spanish than Chinese because some of our words are in Spanish language also. I guess, there is no language to be considered the most difficult if we talk of it generally. It is just case to case basis. A Chinese can learn Japanese quickly because their words have similarities but then they might have difficulty in Spanish or Tagalog because it is a totally strange language for them.