World's Toughest Languages to Crack

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 28 June 2013, 13:21 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Bangalore: Language is the lifeline of all the people of this world as it helps connect with one another by exchanging information. It is because of language that man has today dominated the planet. But, one often comes across a foreign language which is quite unique but very difficult to catch up with. Here is the list of the 10 hardest language of the world for English speakers, as listed by opishposh website.

1. Basque-

Basque which is the dialect of the Basque people in Spain is perhaps the oldest known spoken language in Europe. Today it is one of the hardest languages for the English speakers to learn or to speak. Though this language evolved from a region surrounded by Romance languages like Spanish and French, it is the only isolated language having no syntactic similarity with the English language. It is an agglutinative language with 24 cases where words are formed that are most likely changed with prefixes, suffixes and infixes. As such new words are often formed by putting a common tag at the end or the beginning or in the middle of a simpler word.

So, case endings are used in Basque especially to indicate relationships among words. For instance, its word for “mountain” is “mendi”, but the phrase “to the mountain” is just “mendira”.

2. Arabic-

The Arabic script is what makes the language a great challenge to most of the people who have grown up with Roman alphabets. As such, it is also considered as one of the hardest languages for the English speaking communities.

It will be a difficult task for the English speakers to come across any similar sounding words in Arabic unlike European languages where one comes across words similar with English words. Arabic letters have four different forms and vowels which are not at all a part of writing with 2 genders, as well as 3 noun cases. It is a VSO language where the verb mostly comes in front of the subject and object and the words can either be singular, dual, and plural too. Arabic has a different dialect too and Arabic spoken in Morocco is different from Arabic spoken in Egypt.

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