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Preply: 5 Most Challenging Languages to Learn
BOSTON, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Live and learn. This great saying underlines the importance of a constant self-development. Some people even learn languages for fun.
However, it is not always so easy and fast to learn a foreign language from scratch. Of course, progress may depend on various factors like motivation, interest in the culture of the country, tutor's skills, student's mental abilities, etc. On the other hand, there are languages that are easy to learn and there are languages that are really challenging. Here are 5 most challenging languages in the world.
This is an undoubted leader of our list. It is the official language in China with over 1.197 billion native speakers. Such a great number of native speakers makes it the most used language all over the globe. If talking about challenges of learning this language, the writing system is sure to bring a lot of them. Pronunciation is not a cup of tea either. There are 4 different tones that should be pronounced correctly to distinguish words and their meanings among the whole galaxy of homophones. Only the context in which the words are used can help distinguish words properly. Learning Mandarin Chinese is like learning Art.
Learning Russian for English-speaking people can be very challenging as well. However, a skilled Russian teacher, tutor or preply.com team can help anyone master this language in a faster and better way.
This is one extremely challenging language to study. It is subdivided into spoken Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. Spoken Arabic has a lot of different colloquial dialects. It is spread in the Middle East and Africa. Indeed, Arabic is in great demand nowadays as many companies and business that interact with Arabic countries need specialists who know Arabic. This market is developing rapidly nowadays. That's why it is of such a great importance for companies.
This language can be one more ace if it's learned properly. Written Japanese is very challenging, especially for English-speaking learners. This language can boast of over 130 million people who speak it daily. It should be noted that it pays a lot of attention to such things like honors, politeness, and titles. The word order in Japanese is consistent while nouns have no numbers. What is even more puzzling and challenging is that nouns in Japanese can function as adverbs or adjectives. There are 2 alphabets: Hiragana and Katakana. There is also Kanji. It is estimated that an average Japanese learner needs approximately 1 year and 8 months to study it at the average level.
It is spoken in Iceland. The first thing that makes it challenging to study is its complicated grammar. A lot of grammatical features which are similar to those that can be found in Ancient German languages turn Icelandic into a very difficult option even for a polyglot. Archaic vocabulary is the second thing that brings a lot of troubles for learners.
Now, all that remains is to decide whether to study of one of these languages or to start with a more simple one.
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