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What is the hardest/easiest foreign language?

TpeckTpeck Posts: 590- Member
edited September 2005 in College Confidential Cafe
Hungarian has about 37 or so cases which is crazy.Estonian has about 14 cases, and Finnish has about the same. Russian has 8 and German has 4. English has 0 and has no gender (Easiest language in the world).
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  • glucose101glucose101 Posts: 5,264Registered User Senior Member
    Hungarian is freaking hard...my friend's family is fluent...and in English, and Spanish, and Latin, as a matter of fact. English is hard though, to people that it isn't native for, because of all the irregular rules that English has in verb cases, and like weird stuff.
  • rainbow kirbyrainbow kirby Posts: 2,235Registered User Member
    East Asian languages (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) are difficult to learn because of the scripts... to read a newspaper in Japanese you need to know the almost 2000 jouyou kanji. Estonian and Finnish are difficult too. Personally... I find Spanish quite easy to learn, but then I've only done a year of it.
  • glucose101glucose101 Posts: 5,264Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think that characters would be hard to learn. Spanish is easy, because it is a fluid language....
  • blue_spectrablue_spectra Posts: 83- Junior Member
    Yeah, aren't charcters like recognizing words?
    And i agree with the english thing, there are soo many inconsistencies, like bologna. when i first read that when i was 7 or so, i read it "ba log nah" and my dad burst out laughing like in the grocery store. how the hell do you get "baloneY" from "bologna"
  • rehrrehr Posts: 31Registered User New Member
    German is pretty easy! :)
  • mekrobmekrob Posts: 865Registered User Member
    Isn't bologna Italian? (Although I think the "e" sound was done by Americans possibly) Same thing with lasagna. It's not pronounced las-ag-na but la-zan-ya.
  • TpeckTpeck Posts: 590- Member
    Yeah but most of my friends who come here from Russia and China and other places say English is so easy to learn. Some my Russians friends say they can speak better English then Russian now and that it's alot more logical (I think thats what they said).
  • nomir_dvanomir_dva Posts: 172Registered User Junior Member
    As an emigrant from Eastern Europe, I can tell you that English was terribly difficult to learn for all the members of my family. It is an illogical, inconsistent conglomeration of various European languages. I was lucky to come here at a young age so I retained my native language while learning this one to a reasonable degree of proficiency.

    In general, no language is truly easy to learn, including the stereotypical Spanish. However, the least difficult languages to learn are the ones related to the languages you already speak. For English speakers, I imagine German would be relatively easy, and the Romance languages would also be readily accessible because of the similar grammatical structure and many similar words to English.
  • kinglinkinglin Posts: 2,296Registered User Senior Member
    German is very easy, there is also no silent leters :p
  • nbachris2788nbachris2788 Posts: 4,447Registered User Member
    English may be superficially easy because it's everywhere in our surroundings. From most accounts, it's not an easy language to learn, and is probably one of the harder European languages to learn.

    I think the hardest languages are Japanese, Finnish, and Arabic.

    For an English speaker, I'd imagine Spanish to be the easiest, closely followed by French, and maybe German.
  • oneiros lykos8oneiros lykos8 Posts: 710Registered User Member
    I think I'm weird - I took two years of Spanish, and congugating verbs - wow, it did not work for me. Weird, I was good at interpreting/translating on paper, I just didn't have the proper tongue for it at all. Speaking was terrible. Yet, half of my family is German, and I went to Germany over the summer, and ended up picking up quite a bit. I now plan on minoring in German during college. Once you learn the double 's' and 'oo' thing, pronunciation is pretty easy.
  • zpmqxonwzpmqxonw Posts: 1,052Registered User Member
    Spanish always seemed really easy to me but it might just have been because I lucked out with good teachers:) I'm trying to learn Hebrew right now and its pretty hard because of all the different characters. It's a very interesting language though so I think it makes the struggle worth it:):):)
  • TpeckTpeck Posts: 590- Member
    ^^^^^^^^^ Thats me, I had no idea what the hell was going on in Spanish. German was so much more easier for me then Spanish. But then again the whole gender and case system was confusing.
  • hysteron proteronhysteron proteron Posts: 316Registered User Junior Member
    Chinese is pretty hard, overall. Latin's grammar is difficult.
  • Lily415Lily415 Posts: 854Registered User Member
    Learning to SPEAK and COMPREHEND Japanese is easy-the verbal grammar rules are consistant and there are no "tricks" like English

    READING and WRITING are of course, harder for the non-native to understand.

    Personally, I think Spanish is sooo easy. Practically a fourth of our (English)words comes from Spanish. Er...or at least where I grew up... :)
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