7 most challenging languages
Languages broaden our horizons. Speaking a foreign language does not only give us a possibility to have a wider communication, it also gives a chance to dive into a whole new world. A new language introduces us to a new culture, a new mindset and even to a new point of view toward ourselves. However, learning a new foreign language might not be as easy as we think because there are some super challenging languages in the world. We are curious to find out which ones are the most difficult!
- Finnish. Finnish belongs to a Finno-Ugric language family so is absolutely different from other European languages. Its grammatical structure is actually quite hard as Finnish has 15 cases. Finnish is similar to Estonian (its ‘cousin’) but the two languages still differ.
- Hungarian. Hungarian also belongs to a Finno-Ugric language family. This means Hungarian has an entirely different grammatical structure as well. Do you imagine having 18 cases in a language? If you want to understand Hungarian, you should!
- Polish. Pronunciation is one of the biggest challenges in Polish. How do you pronounce “cześć” (“hi”)? Moreover, Polish has 7 cases AND 5 gender, so… brace yourself to completely change your mind!
- Georgian. Georgian is spoken by around 4,5 millions of people. It is a small yet very interesting language to discover. Despite its unique alphabet, the most curious detail is that Georgians use glottal stops and thus, feel a huge difference between the sounds (for instance, p and p‘). If you already feel it, too, you‘re on your way to learning Georgian – congrats!
- Arabic. Despite the totally different alphabet, Arabic also is unique for its particularity to add different sounds to the base root of the word in order to demonstrate gender/number/case/etc.
- Japanese. As it belongs to its own language family, Japanese is super difficult to learn for a European. Japanese writing system is borrowed from Chinese but also has its own extra particularities. Plus, it really is very hard to perceive all the oriental cultural references, so if you are currently learning Japanese, you are a brave one: Congratulations!
- Korean. Korean also belongs to its own language family. Plus, Korean has a unique writing system, Hangul, which is basically a mix of alphabet and syllabaries.
Are you willing to take a challenge and learn one of these languages? Imagine, how diving into one of these cultures could enrich us!