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    Many languages have been claimed to be the toughest one to learn.Here follow ten candidates for the title of "hardest language to learn," as released by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. This list of 10 candidates includes an explanation as of why they made this list. Read it and find out whether these languages are worth their "tough as nails" reputation.


Top 10: French

第十名: 法语

    As an official language in 29 countries, French is a challenging language. However, it can beseen 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 acquir. 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.


Top 9: Danish


    Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by some 6 million people. The sound systen 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.


Top 8: Norwegian


    Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Norway, where it id the official language. It is among the world's languages that's the most difficult to learn how to speak well. No officially sanctioned atandard of spoken Norwegian is in place and most morwegians speak their own dialect at any given time.


Top 7: German


    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 larfe number of words deriving from the same root.


Top 6: Finnish


    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 employ sex tensive modifiers to verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and numerals, depending on their roles in the sentence.

    作为芬兰使用人数最多的语言,芬兰语因其极复杂的语法和“无止境的衍生后缀” 而成了难学语言。

Top 5: Japanese


    Japanese is an East Asian language spoken primarily in Japan. According to documents, Chinese had a considerable influence on the vocabularu 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 lanfuage 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.


Top: 4 Icelandic


    Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is the main language of 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.


Top 3: Arabic


    Arabic, belonging to the Afro - Asiatic 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 "states."


Top: Greek


    As ab independent branch of the Indo - European family of languages, the Greek language features the longest and most documented history. It is spoken mainly across Greece and Crprus. 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 system.




Top 1: Chinese


    Chinese forms one of the branches of the Sino - Tibetan 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 homo phones in Chinese only distinguishable by the four tones. Even this is often not enough unless the actual context and exact phrase are identified.


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