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From a standpoint from a foreigner, I'd say the English language is probably the hardest for them to learn.
From my standpoint, since English is my first language, would probably be Japanese first, followed by Chinese and then Korean. Not only do you have to know sounds and translation or words to English, you also have a character form of writing to know as well.
With both jest and earnest the next to be learned. I have a desire to learn Swedish, yet the hardest for learning it is simply getting started. I have the CD's and I have acquired an online learning program too. What remains is just 'next' by simply getting started . . . learning.
How true about the next to be learned and just starting. The Scandinavian languages are challenging but fun...I speak a little Danish having spent some time in that country. Good going with the learning, tsmog. Tak!
Very nice to see you Alastar. I am getting around slowly while remembering the articles of history you provide us. I enjoy those immensely. I do know 'Hej' means 'Hi!' That is about all I know. Speaking with a lady at the workplace I learned that.
It's good to see you too, tsmog; and thanks, you made my day knowing you like them. Maybe the workplace lady can help some on your learning curve. You'll be speaking and writing like a Swede before you know it.
AP....Of course I haven't attempted to study ALL languages, but other than our native tongue, I am fluent in Spanish, Italian, Latin and have a fairly decent grasp on Ukranian.
IMHO, there is not much terribly difficult in terms of learning to AT LEAST converse and/or translate the above languages. However, to be fair, as children we were exposed to Italian and Ukranian by our grandparents. Over the years, you are bound to pick up enough to be able to communicate well.
Spanish & Latin was learned through 4 years of study. I would be tempted to say these 2 languages are basic and simple to learn.
My guess for the most difficult to learn would be any Far Eastern and Middle Eastern language.
I have quite an experience when I visit the Viet Namese Salon where I have pedicures and manicures. I will ask them to say something specific to me in Viet Namese.....and I can tell you, it seems REALLY difficult and confusing to me. If I ask them to say something as simple as, "Hello, how are you?".....they respond with a long sentence of about 10 words......but then if I do ask them to repeat a LONG sentence.....in Viet Namese, it's about 2 words!! I usually laugh, which makes them laugh too. I'm sure they are laughing at me and they should!
I can't help but think that a language other than English that has it's own alphabet, would be a double threat to learn....
My gosh effer! great going with all those languages! What I've found about many of the Asian languages is they tend to think on a circular and repetitive level where we are rather linear and direct. Ones not better than the other just cultural suppos
I always thought that French was more difficult than Spanish, but I understand from others that English may be the easiest to learn how to speak, but it is the most difficult to learn how to write.
Hi Genna! You are so right about French. Got it in mind once to watch a bunch of French films hoping to pick up on it some, but failed miserably lol. Good point with the English. My, how it must be just to learn all different meanings for one word!
Try learning the Arabic language, it is quite hard. English was taught alongside my own language which is Tagalog and I found that, it was easier to learn the English language that way. Japanese and Chinese language are hard to learn but with determination and passion, I think it is possible to learn it without finding it too hard.
English, because it's full of irregular words. When learning a new language, there are rules wherein something can be conjugated. For example, in English we learn that, to make something past tense we add -ed to the end of the verb. And yet there are countless exceptions to this rule. Go becomes went, fly becomes flew and throw becomes threw.
The more irregular words there are, the harder it makes it to learn for people who didn't grow up with it. Because, rather than learning the rule, they must learn countless different exceptions that make no sense. I struggled with these irregular verbs when learning Spanish, I can't imagine what someone goes through when trying to learn English.
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