What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn?

What Are The Hardest Languages to Learn?

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Language has always fascinated me and not just because words have been the tool I use to pay the bills. A good deal of it comes from growing up in a house where multiple languages were spoken and constantly being surrounded in public by people speaking languages other than English.

Hebrew. Yiddish, Spanish and Farsi are probably the languages that are most familiar to me, in the sense I recognize or understand the most. But living in Los Angeles has ensured that I have had lots of exposure to Russian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Korean, not to mention a brother-in-law that speaks Japanese.

It is worth noting that in skills that have limited utility I know how to swear in about 18 different languages. Not real sure there is any practical use for that but maybe one day I’ll be on Jeopardy and the final question will be related.

Anyway if you were to ask me to provide a list of things I would do if I won the lottery and retired early I would tell you I’d like to become proficient in several languages.

I don’t want to just get by, I want to be able to read, write and speak them well enough to appear to be a native.

About Infographics & Posts

Flip through this blog and you’ll find there are a number of posts which are anchored around an infographic. That is because a good infographic means people are more likely to share my post on multiple social media platforms and the extra exposure never hurts.

I also like infographics because they usually provide me with another five or six ideas for posts to write. That is a great benefit to anyone who has to spend time generating content.

But I never forget to spend some time reading the information contained within because factually incorrect information is just as wrong when clothed in finery or in sackcloth.

What about you? Are you interested in language? Do you speak more than one?

  • http://joshuawilner.com/ Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

    Michal Rosa There is some truth to what you say for certain.

  • Michal Rosa

    This misleading infographic should be titled “What are the hardest languages to learn for a person from Western Europe or USA”.  Surely the level of difficulty for learning Polish is different for a Russian native speaker and an English native speaker.  Basically people learning languages from their own language group will find them easier than languages that are totally alien to them.