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 10 of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. If you have managed to learn any of these languages, we congratulate you!
Welsh Language is part of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages used in Wales. This language also used to be called “Cambric,” “Cymric,” “Cambrian” and “British tongue.”
More commonly known as the Modern Standard Urdu, this language is normally associated with Muslims in Hindustan. Urdu is also the official national language and lingua franca in the country of Pakistan. One of the 22 scheduled languages in the Constitution of India, it is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi and is identical to Hindi in terms of grammar and basic structure.
Considered the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, Sanskrit is a dialect of Old Indo Aryan that originated from the Proto-Indo-Iranian and Proto-Indo-European. It is also listed among the 22 scheduled languages of India and covers a rich and vast tradition of drama and poetry as well as philosophical and technical texts.
This East Asian language is the national language of Japan and is spoken by more than 125 million people around the world. A member of the Japonic language family, it’s considered among the most difficult languages in the world because of its close relationship to Chinese and because of its complex system of honorifics.
This North Germanic language is an Indo-European language that was largely influenced by Danish and Swedish languages after the colonization of the Americas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The official language of Hungary, this language is a European Union language that is spoken not just by the communities of Hungary, but also by Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia and Romania. It belongs to the Uralic language family and has mutually intelligible dialects.
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