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This is The Hardest Language In The World

Language acquisition can be great fun, opening
many doors with joy and laughter at every step. Or it can be like beating your head against
the wall. How one language is more difficult than another,
depends greatly on your first language. While some scholars such as Noam Chomsky argue
that we are born with an innate universal ability to understand grammar patterns and
language, the truth is probably that we are just better learning stuff as babies. So if your mother tongue is English, try picking
up French or German before moving on to Mandarin. But which languages are the toughest to crack? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of the Infographics Show, – The Top 20 Hardest Languages to Learn Number 20 – Tagalog. Spoken by the majority of those dwelling in
the Philippines, this language features bizarre sentence structure and quirky grammar rules. But don’t worry too much about learning
the language if you’re visiting Manila, as most of the natives there go to English
speaking schools. Well, in the cities, at least. Number 19. Navajo. This Southern Athabaskan language is spoken
in the South West of the United States and wasn’t transcribed onto the page until the
1930s. It’s pretty much alien to most Germanic
and Latin languages and is therefore a tough linguistic nut to crack. Number 18. Persian is a puzzling beast to acquire, belonging,
as it does, to the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European languages, and being the native
tongue in Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan. But it can’t be that difficult with over
100 million conversing in the language day to day. Number 17. Dutch. This West Germanic language is closely related
to English and German but does seem to have some interesting vocabulary that makes it
really difficult to pronounce. In Dutch you have words like Slechtstschrijvend
(worst-writing) and angstschreeuw (cry of fear); try pronouncing those after a couple
of cans of Heineken. Number 16. Slovenian. Part of the Slavic language group, Slovenian
is spoken by 2.5 million speakers and is one of the most difficult of the 24 official EU
languages to learn. In Slovenian, like Russian, nouns have cases. This means noun endings change in accordance
with the proceeding preposition and many a misspoken noun. Number 15. Afrikaans. This South African language is also spoken
in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and is like a strange offshoot of Dutch and just as difficult
to learn. Most South Africans do learn English at school
too, so don’t be too put off by this strange impenetrable tongue. Number 14. Urdu. This, the Lingua franca of Pakistan, is identical
to Hindi in terms of grammar and structure, so if you’re coming at it from an Indian
perspective, this difficult language may well be manageable. If English is your first language, then we
wish you the best of luck. Number 13. Hebrew. An Afroasiatic language first used by the
Hebrews and Israelites over 3,000 years ago, it’s still used in modern Israel today is
an absolute nightmare to acquire. Number 12. Sanskrit. These ancient Asian languages are often a
recipe for major headaches too, and this, the primary language of Hinduism and Buddhism
is no exception. But if one is to enjoy the rich poetry, philosophy,
and history of India, Sanskrit must be learned. So good luck and happy studies. Number 11. Korean. Spoken by 80 million people in both North
and South Korea, this language is difficult to crack for Westerners but the Japanese have
no real trouble at all being as they are, so close physically and linguistically. Number 10. Croatian. Back in Europe, this standardized version
of the Serbo-Croatian tongue is based on the dialect of Eastern Herzegovinian and can prove
a real challenge to pick up. Number 9. Hungarian. While Hungarian’s have probably the cutest
accent (while speaking English in Dracula movies), their mother tongue is a strange
language and a difficult beast to tame. Number 8. Gaelic. The Celts know how to confuse us outsiders
with the strangest witches brew of old Irish dialects and Scottish lingo. Approach with serious caution this bizarre
tongue. Number 7. Japanese. may not seem difficult at first but try putting
together a sentence with stacked relative clauses and multiple dropped pronouns and
you soon realize that your noodle needs some major brain readjustment. Number 6. Icelandic. This language has been near impossible to
figure out due to the difficult sounding syllables and unique looking “letters” that make English
feel like a walk in the park. Number 5. Albanian. An Indo-European tongue this centuries old
lingo shares similar features with German and Greek but has its own uniquely bizarre
vocabulary. Number 4. Thai. Tonal languages are tough. Very tough. With one word for example Khao (cow) meaning
the color white, rice, and to enter, depending on the rising, falling, or steady tone…you
will always find yourself running into linguistic circles with this language. Number 3. Vietnamese. The pronunciation is going to give you nightmares
for years, and no matter how much you drill and practice, any mispronunciation is always
a source of fun for your Vietnamese peers. This comes down to tones again and some say
this is the most difficult language. Number 2. Arabic. This desert tongue has many exotic sounds,
almost impossible to learn for foreigners. In fact there are only two or three sounds
which are not found in English and these can be learned easily through imitation. Arabic does however have an enormous vocabulary
with over 400 words for a camel, and 200 for a lion. Number 1. Chinese. There are apparently over 80,000 Chinese characters,
which can seem pretty intimidating – but guess what you only need to know 3,500 in
Standard Chinese. This might still seem like a lot, but you
can actually get by with only 1,000 of the most frequent characters. But Mandarin and Cantonese are both tonal
languages meaning they are especially difficult for Westerners to truly master. So what’s the most difficult language you
ever learned? Can you still speak it? Or did you give up learning when the going
got too tough? Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to watch our other video Smartest
Countries In The World. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe, and see you next time

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