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Spoken primarily in Poland by, you guessed it, Poles, this is a west slavic language.
Despite countless foreign governmental bodies attempting to suppress and destroy the Polish language during the 19th and 20th century, the language has survived into the modern age and boasts over 50 million native speakers — along with a rich list of notable literary works.
Polish is by no means the most difficult language to learn in the world — and certainly not the hardest on this list — but many speakers of European or latin-based languages do struggle with its noun and consonant systems.
Still, this language does in fact have a few easier facets, such as the fact that many of its words are pronounced exactly as they’re spelled, with only a few exceptions.
There are also far fewer tenses in Polish than there are in many other languages, meaning that many phrases would be entirely different in a Germanic language compared to English. thanks to their tense they would just need to be translated into one string of words if you were speaking in Polish instead.
Turkish is really a mixed bag when it comes to its difficulty. On one hand, the language doesn’t really have an overabundance of sounds.
In English, for example, there are more sounds than there are letters in the language’s alphabet.
In Turkish, however, there are almost an equal number of sounds as there are letters in its writing system.
This might sound great in theory, but there’s more to this language than merely a decently small list of sounds to learn.
Turkish is actually a type of language that’s referred to as an agglutinative language.
This means that in order to change the meaning of a word, one does not add other words to a sentence. Instead many times different sounds are added onto an existing word.
Interestingly, this means that — in theory, at least — the longest word that one could create in Turkish is practically infinite!
Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language that’s native to Israel. This somewhat-difficult language is spoken by over 9 million people worldwide.
The thing that puts Hebrew on this list is primarily its root system. Like all Semitic languages, in Hebrew, words are made up of three or four letter roots which are then modified by specific vowel, suffixes, and roots.
This is hard for those who aren’t familiar with other Semitic languages. There are also a few new, and somewhat harsh, sounds that may give someone trying to learn the language a hard time if these sounds aren’t already a part of your mother tongue.
Throw in the fact that this language’s written system isn’t based on the latin alphabet and the fact that it’s written from right to left, rather than from left to right, and it can be a bit difficult for anyone to learn.
Icelandic is a Germanic speaking system that’s almost considered an isolated language thanks to its relatively low world-wide use.
Most of the speakers of Icelandic live in Iceland and there are actually very few high-quality teaching materials out there for anyone who wants to learn the language — unless a prospective student actually wants to move to its country of origin. Icelandic is an odd and unique case among the world’s more modern languages in that it’s actually very self-contained.
While most other tongues in the world borrow and adopt words from one another, the native speakers of this language tend to prefer to make up entirely new words for things whenever the need arises.
This results in the language having a lot of vocabulary that is entirely foreign to anyone who doesn’t regularly converse with others who speak it fluently.
The morphology of Icelandic also leads it to have many, many variations of each of its words — with some words having up to sixteen or more pronunciations depending on their tense and assigned genders.