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POLL: Hardest language to learn
 
nailan  posted on Aug 08, 2010 4:41:05 PM - Report post

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Learning a language as an adult strongly depends on the learner's native language. Therefore it is meaningless to make a universal ranking of difficulty. For example, a native English speaker will learn Frisian - and vice versa - much more easily than a native Japanese speaker would. In general, the closer the second language is in relation to vocabulary, sounds, sentence structure, culture, and other factors to the learner's native tongue and culture, the easier acquisition will be. This "proximity" of the target language is not necessarily a function of genetic relationship but may also be polyphyletic, such as a chance similarity of phonology. English speakers often consider Spanish to be very easy to learn, for example, even though Spanish is not the closest relative of English. Differences in phonology are often insurmountable for the learner, and will be apparent in an accent in non-native speakers even after many years of proficient use of the learned language.
 
nailan  posted on Aug 08, 2010 4:47:32 PM - Report post

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If taken literally, the hardest languages for outsiders to learn would be those that are currently unknown by outsiders, for example, Sentinelese. Sentinelese is completely unattested, and no Sentinelese have had significant contact with outsiders for several centuries, so it cannot be learned anywhere but on North Sentinel Island. However, it is illegal for anyone to visit the island, and fishermen accidentally visiting have been killed by the Sentinelese
 
zorrodude  posted on Aug 08, 2010 6:51:49 PM - Report post

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My professors say English is one of the hardest to learn because of all the slang terms.
 
Al-pucino  posted on Aug 09, 2010 1:37:37 AM - Report post

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I think that English is easy to learn on a basic level, but I think it's really hard to be fluent in.

I remember trying to learn Icelandic ages ago from a friend and gave up within the first minute of it. That language is just....wow.

 
HonestGamer  posted on Aug 09, 2010 3:32:13 AM - Report post

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Chinese Mandarin. I have some chinese friends, and they leave with my mind confused.
 
H.H.H  posted on Aug 09, 2010 5:07:56 AM - Report post

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Assembly!
 
latios_power  posted on Aug 09, 2010 8:48:57 AM - Report post

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originally posted by Nic_Durron

quote:
originally posted by latios_power

Hebrew is easy, maybe I say that because it's close to Arabic, I heard Arabic is hard to learn for foreign people, I'd go with Japanese from that list.

Japanese isn't too terrible if you're dedicated. I know a few people who've successfully learnt it, including the characters.

I actually judged from characters and Animes. LOL

 
The_Golden_2  posted on Aug 09, 2010 10:07:28 AM - Report post

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Japanese.
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