As an official language in 29 countries, French is a challenging
language. However, it can be seen as both easy and hard,
depending on the learner's native language. French is a Roman
language. If the learner's grasp of other Roman languages such
as Italian, Portuguese and Spanish is strong, French will be a
very quick and enjoyable new language to acquire. Otherwise,
for those coming from a completely different language family,
learning French would be considerably more difficult. Its
pronunciation follows very strict rules based on the spelling,
which is often based more on history than phonology.
Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by some 6 million
people. The sound system of Danish is in many ways unusual among
the world's languages, which makes it one of the hardest
languages in the world to learn, as the spoken language usually
does not sound anything like its written version.
Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Norway,
where it is the official language. It is among the world's
languages that's the most difficult to learn how to speak well.
No officially sanctioned standard of spoken Norwegian is in
place and most Norwegians speak their own dialect at any given
As one of the world's major languages, German holds the largest
number of native speakers within the European Union. It is a
language which contains several standard dialects, both in its
spoken and written forms. As an inflected language with three
grammatical genders, it has a large number of words deriving
from the same root.
As a language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland,
Finnish is hard to learn for its extremely complicated grammar
and "endless derivative suffixes." Finnish employs extensive
modifiers to verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and numerals,
depending on their roles in the sentence.
Japanese is an East Asian language spoken primarily in Japan.
According to documents, Chinese had a considerable influence
on the vocabulary and phonology of Old Japanese. Since 1945,
it has borrowed a large number of words from English, especially
vocabulary relating to technology. One major reason which makes
the language so hard to learn is that the written code is
different from the spoken code. In addition, Japanese has an
extensive grammatical system to express politeness and formalities.
Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is the main language of
Iceland. Icelandic is hard to learn because of its archaic
vocabulary and complex grammar. Icelandic retains many grammatical
features of other ancient Germanic languages, and modern
Icelandic is still a heavily inflected language.
Arabic, belonging to the AfroAsiatic language family, includes
both the literary language and varieties of Arabic spoken across
the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. The
language has a complex and unusual method in constructing words
from a basic root. For instance, nouns in Literary Arabic have
three grammatical cases, three numbers, two genders and three
As an independent branch of the IndoEuropean family of languages,
the Greek language features the longest and most documented
history. It is spoken mainly across Greece and Cyprus. Along
its history, its syllabic structure has remained constant. It
has a mixed syllable structure, allowing for relatively complex
combinations of sounds. In addition, Greek possesses an extensive
set of productive derivational affixes and a rich inflectional
Chinese forms one of the branches of the SinoTibetan language
family and over one billion people can name it as their native
language. The relationship between the spoken and written Chinese
language is rather complex. Its written form has no clues as to
how it is actually pronounced. The tone system also is a pain
because there are many homophones in Chinese only distinguishable
by the four tones. Even this is often not enough unless the actual
context and exact phrase are identified.