April 14, 2020

Language Learning

Top 5 most difficult and 5 easiest languages in the world

Hello, all! Perhaps, in your free time under lockdown and travel restriction now, you are thinking about learning a new language ? Today I would like to help you to select a language that you can master within these few months from home. I have selected 5 of the most difficult and 5 of the easiest languages in the world. I hope my article will be useful for you.

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*Disclaimer: These selections are based on my experience as a Russian and they are highly subjective. For people with different language background, you might disagree with the difficulty level of the languages mentioned.

Top 5 Easiest Languages in the world

No #1 Esperanto

Perhaps you had never heard of this language. But it exists. This language was created by a Polish named Zamenhof whose goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language for easy understanding and communicating for people around the world. The name of the language was initially called the international language. Later. “Esperanto” was preferred and made dominance by the early speakers the language and later declared the official name of this language.

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The Grammar of Esperanto is very easy and doesn’t have any exclusions. Initially created as a neutral language to make it easy for people all over the world to use, Esperanto never achieved the goal because people were reluctant to learn a new language which hardly anyone spoke. Well, at least now you know one more thing that you can show off to your friends! Imagine telling people “Do you know there’s a language named Esperanto?” Be prepared to be bombarded by people’s questions “Why didn’t they named it Despacito instead?” And yes probably it would have gained a lot more fame by naming it Despacito ;-)”

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No #2 English

Needless to describe much, English is the most widely spoken language in the world. It has simple grammar. Words are short and understandable. English is very commonly used by non-native speakers to communicate with each others and hence the native speakers can forgive your mistakes in speaking and understand you easily. It is because of that the language quickly grow into the de facto universal language in the world!

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No #3 Spanish

It very similar to English, but has easier pronunciation than English. It is a WYSIWYR language — “What you see is what you read”. Basically, you just pronounce every consonants and vowels you see as what you guess and most likely you will be right. For example, try this: Natural. How would you pronounce it? Yes it will be “Na” “Tu” “Ral”. Click here to listen to the pronunciation from google translate. However, Spanish grammar is slightly more difficult than English because there are differences in the feminine and masculine terms. However, the benefit of speaking this language is humongous. You can travel in Latin American countries without much problem as almost all South American countries speak Spanish (Except Brazilians who speak Portuguese). By the way, Despacito is in Spanish as well.

No #4 Italian

Italian is also considered an easy language as it is similar to Spanish, the pronunciation is simple (but slight more difficult than Spanish because of the emphasis on the rrrrr sounds) The language has Latin roots. It is so familiar to many people because of the popularity of Italian food such as pasta and pizza. We would advise you to learn Spanish first, then Italian, and you can become a polyglot easily.

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No #5 French

French is not only the most beautiful language in the world, but also the easiest because a lot of French words are similar to English. The language is also used very commonly in the world and has a simple grammar. However, some might find the pronunciation of French difficult.

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Top 5 most difficult languages

These are the languages you should avoid picking if your goal is to become a polyglot fast. However, if you are looking to challenge yourself, try to master these languages below. It would be impressive!

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No #1 Chinese

The no. 1 factor that makes this language difficult is the large amount of hieroglyphics contained in this language. There are close to 87,000 characters (Or more like pictograms) and this language doesn’t even have the alphabets. One wrong line in writing of hieroglyph will change the meaning of the word completely. One hieroglyph can mean many different things in a sentence. The second factor that contributed to the difficulty of this language is the phonetics which include 4 tones. Learning Chinese language is one of the most difficult goals for foreigners like us who are used to alphabets based languages.

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No #2 Arabic

Arabic is one of the hardest sign language system in the world. One letter has many different ways of writing: At the beginning of the word, middle, and at the end of the word. Writing vowels and word break for hyphenation are prohibited in Arabian language. One of the unique features of the language is the sequence of writing / reading – from right to left. (Most other languages in world have the sequence of reading from left to write).

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No #3 Russian

The difficulty level of this language consists of the variety forms of word formation. A lot of words sound the same but there are different meaning and writing for that. Russian language is wealthy of synonymous: one word can have more than 10 options of meaning. Punctuation is very important in the language, an absent comma can change the meaning of sentence completely.

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No #4 Eskimo

Eskimo, also known as the Inuit languages, is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world because of its numerous tense’s forms, which consist of around 63 Present Tenses alone! A case form of the word counts more than 200 changing word with ending, prefix, suffix. Eskimo is recognized as among the top 10 most difficult languages in the world in many record books.

No #5 Tabasaran language

Tabasaran was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest case system in the world, with 48. This is the state language in the southern part of the Russian Republic of Dagestan. The language has a lot of loan words from Persian, Azerbaijani, Arabic, Russian and other languages.

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I wish a good mood for everyone, I hope my selection is interesting for you. Learn languages, travel, and we will glad to see you in  3D Academy   in the future😊

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