Language is the way we communicate to the way we express ourselves. If you plan to go abroad you should not be shocked that a lot of the population does not speak English. This is where you will have to adapt and learn how to use as little English as possible and the maximum amount of local language as possible. Each language is unique and for that very reason can be difficult ot learn. 

What is the hardest language to learn in the world? 

Mandarin or Chinese as it is referred to popularly. The Chinese language is one of the most complicated and difficult languages out there. Interestingly though, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world.Leaving this paradox aside, it should be noted that this language is not only difficult for English speakers but also for individuals who speak other European and Asian languages. First and foremost, the writing system is extremely difficult for English speakers (and anyone else) accustomed to the Latin alphabet. In addition to the usual challenges that come with learning any language from scratch, people studying Mandarin must also memorise thousands of special characters, unlike anything seen in Latin-based languages. The tonal nature of the language makes speaking it very hard as well. There are several Chinese dialects, including Cantonese — spoken primarily in southeastern China, as well as in Hong Kong and other parts of Southeast Asia — which have different written characters and pronunciations, and are also very difficult to learn.  For instance, the word ma can mean “mother,” “horse,” “rough” or “scold” — depending on how you say it.

Hardest Languages For English Speakers To Learn


One of the top five most spoken languages on earth. It is widely assumed that Pakistanis can easily learn Arabic because the script is the same. Yes reading and to some extreme writing might seem easy in Arabic for native Urdu speakers. However, the speaking part is highly difficult. Not only is Arabic a very sophisticated language in terms of masculine and femanin use of words, the language also has several dialects.For English speakers though Arabic is a difficult language. Its 28 script letters are easier for English speakers to comprehend than the thousands of Chinese characters, but it’s still an adjustment to become familiar with a new writing system. The thing that makes reading and writing in Arabic particularly challenging for beginners is the exclusion of most vowels in words.  The grammar is challenging too; verbs tend to come before the subject, and you have to learn a dual form of words in addition to the singular and plural forms.


Even though the language does feature latin  alphabets, it is still extremely difficult to grasp Polish. Spelling and grammar are a couple of areas in which Polish can give English speakers a hard time. Words are loaded with consonants, which makes them difficult to spell and pronounce. In terms of grammar, there are seven cases.

On the bright side, Polish uses a Latin alphabet, so the letters are much more familiar to English speakers than those used in Chinese, Arabic and other non-Latin languages. In addition, being able to speak Polish as a second language puts you in a coveted group, considering Poland’s developing status as a major economy in Europe.


Not only does Russia have a difficult to understand President. It also has a very difficult language.  Russian uses a Cyrillic alphabet — made up of letters both familiar and unfamiliar to us. But speaker beware: some of the Cyrillic letters may look familiar but make a different sound than the Latin letter they resemble. For instance, “B” in the Cyrillic alphabet makes a “V” sound.


The language popularised by Ertagul has become a fascination of many Pakistanis. But the language is not easy, especially considering it is an agglutinative language. Which is a fancy way of saying that the prefixes and suffixes are attached to the words. This results in extremely long verbs, like konuşmayı reddediyorlar (“they refuse to talk”). Turkish also features a concept English speakers may find confusing: vowel harmony, where vowels are changed or endings with vowels are added to make a word flow more smoothly. A large number of familiar vocabulary words, of Arabic origin, make certain words familiar but it is still one of the most difficult languages on earth.  of what we’d consider to be one of the hardest languages to learn.


Out of all the hard languages to learn Danish can be labelled as the easiest hardest language out there. So why is Danish on this list of hardest languages to learn? Pronunciation. Words sound nothing like the way they are spelled, which can be quite off-putting for a beginner. For example, mit navn er (“my name is”) is pronounced “meet now’n air.” Mastering Danish pronunciation takes a good deal of practice, making it a significantly harder language to learn than its Germanic counterparts. The reason it is easy is because it is very closely linked to English.

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