Top 7 Most Difficult Languages in the World

Learning how to read and write a new language is quite a gratifying accomplishment. However, there are many such languages which we wish we could ever learn but seems quite difficult. We often look for languages that seem relatively familiar to our native or English language. Then it becomes easier to get the grip of the style and pattern of the alphabets of that particular dialect. For instance, a Japanese person will find it simpler to learn Korean or Chinese dialect than to learn Russian or German.  

In this article, we will discuss 7 such hardest international languages based on their alphabets, difficulty level, and other relevant factors. Plus, we will check out both the online and offline platforms where we can easily learn these languages sitting in the comfort of our home. 

Below are the 7 most-popular hardest languages profiled in the order of their difficulty level in overall learning:

Finnish

  • Writing Level – Moderately difficult 

Finnish is well-known for being a tricky language for the newbies to learn and with good reason. There are around 15 different cases of Nouns, whereas, in English, it has just three cases: objective, subjective, and possessive. This language belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family. Therefore, it has no German or Latin influence on it which could help you guess the meaning of any Finnish word. 

The thing that makes this language a bit simpler is its writing. That is, the language is written as it’s pronounced, just like the English alphabet. In theory, the intonation is straightforward, however, it is easier to hang up on the consonant and vowel sounds. If you get fascinated by a place just because of their language, this is why they say Finland to be the new happiest nation on the globe.  

Russian

  • Writing Level – Difficult 

Russian is profiled second, in terms of its difficulty level, by the Foreign Service Institute. So, it is comparatively less challenging than the former on the list. There are, however, certain definite barriers on the way to achieve eloquence in Russian. Added to that, the concept of spelling the words is not always straightforward. The language is full of vowels that sound totally new to an average English speaker. In a nutshell, you will have to master a whole new set of alphabets to get this language into the grip.  

Vietnamese

  • Writing Level – Difficult 

This language has some unusual grammatical concepts, plus difficult intonations. There are six different tones that make Vietnamese challenging to the English speakers. 

Be prepared to give a dedicated 1,100 hours, minimum, to attain the basic reading and writing skills in Vietnamese. Once you get this dialect into grip, it can help you explore about twenty such Zen places on Earth. 

Mongolian

  • Writing Level- Moderately Difficult 

The puzzling part of Mongolian language is in the pronunciation. The grammatical portion is not that tough, if you are already aware of the Finnish dialect. Plus, the alphabets are easy to grip, assuming you are well off in Russian. Else, it is a bit challenging to master this language; if you don’t satisfy the above two criteria. 

Hungarian

  • Writing Level – Difficult 

Hungarian belongs to the same language family like the Finnish. So, if you are an average English speaker, you will hardly find any familiarity in the vocabulary. There are 14 vowels and 18 different cases, making the things quite difficult in particular.

The language heavily relies on idioms rather than emphasizing other languages. So, if you are a beginner in this with only a few collections of phrases, things will appear to you as if everybody is talking with a secret code or jokes intended. Regardless of your next travel destination in Hungary, make sure to master the names of at least 30 places there you may be pronouncing wrong. 

Thai

  • Writing Level – Very Difficult 

In Thai language, there is not much to deal in the grammar part. It is the writing and the word sounds that will bog you down. There are five different tones with short and long vowel sounds. Additionally, the alphabets include 32 vowels and 44 staggering consonants.

Icelandic

  • Writing Level – Difficult

There are three genders and four cases assigned to the Icelandic words. Also, for English speakers, most of the letters could be quite unfamiliar. Icelandic is not a cakewalk for sure. The length of the words could be too long and trying to learn the proper pronunciation of these words could defy intuition. This dialect is often listed as one of the toughest international languages to learn. 

How to Learn These Languages Online or Offline

Here we have profiled some of the top online and offline platforms where you can easily learn the above-listed languages and more.

Babbel

It is an online language learning platform with assistance in 14 new dialects including  French, German, Turkish, and more. Babbel focuses more on the speaking part, the reading and writing portion depends on your choice of how far you want to continue learning your desired language. The best part here is the course is absolutely free at the beginner level. However, the premium courses cost as low as $6.95 per month, if you take one year’s plan.

Busuu

Busuu is yet another top online platform that boasts over 50 million users worldwide. Busuu is an AI Language learning app. The unique approach of this platform allows you to be a part of their community where you can discuss your queries and learn from the other members in it. 

Enhanced Busuu performance tracker is there to track where you are weak and when you are improving seamlessly.

FluentU

FluentU is one of the top offline platforms. Just download the app on your phone and get started with its authentic language learning process. To make the process easier, FluentU offers real-world audio cum video clips in your selected language, inspiring talks, movie dialogues, and more to develop your knowledge of that language.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a reputed offline language-learning program. This app is available both for Android and iOS devices and includes a set of 30 languages, which are taught in small lessons. The learning process is quite easy here with more emphasis on practical use. Duolingo allows you to learn one language for free. So, you can actually learn your most needed language for free.

Conclusion

Well, that was all for today. But, if you ask me which language to get started with, I would recommend the topmost one, i.e. Finnish, as it can help you a lot in learning Hungary or Mongolian (if you think of learning these two in future). Otherwise, it is all about your willpower if you want to start learning a language that is new to you and tough to all (mostly). 

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