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World's Toughest Languages to Learn

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 11 January 2013, 11:16 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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1.  Arabic:
Yes, Arabic language can be considered as one of the toughest languages to speak especially if you have come from a English speaking environment, from any of the European nations as well as from countries like India, Sri Lanka and some of the other south east countries.  Just as a consider, it is a tough language only to speak, hold on for a sec, this language is not only tough to speak, but has the ability to take your sleep away, if you start learning how to write it. This language has very few words that you can think you have heard before and is also a language that has very few vowels in it that makes it a very tough one to read. Most of the letters in Arabic has four different forms which depends on in which word they are been used.

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The spoken Arabic has been reported on the ‘matador network’ website by Anne Merritt that, it includes many informal languages which always very from region to region. For example, the way in which you converse Arabic in Tunisia might be difficult to understand it in Kuwait.

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1: It is quite a dangerous proposition to go ahead and learn any language, without understanding the social design inside it. Many languages have codes of feudal social structure inside it. It will be like installing a virus software to learn such languages, especially if one were from an English background.

Basically almost all Indian languages are dangerously feudal. But then is a fact with most languages, including the Celtic languages of Great Britain.

As to learning Arabic being difficult for people of English background, it is an untruth. Arabic also has a minimum of feudal structuring and hence it would be not difficult for an native English-speaker to speak it without having mental trauma. However, to learn such languages as Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi etc. and possibly Chinese and Japanese could be much more difficult.
Posted by:VEDfromVICTORIA - 12 Jan, 2013
2: I was in Arab(Dubai, Ras-Al-Khaimah, Doha) and was in China too(Shenzhen,Guangdong Province and was in Hong Kong too). I am from Kerala, South India, my native language is "MALAYALAM". I can speak many languages like Hindi, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Little Mandarin, very little of Arabic.

It varies person to person for learning languages. Either you should have interest or there is no choice for you... then you will learn language.

I was about 5 years in Arab Countries but could not learn Arabic well, because I had more choices like English or Malayalam which works there. But in China I struggled to ask for even water, but I learned very good Mandarin (poothong khawah) Speech within 6 months. I got interest too because thats something different from any other languages I know, also that is the toughest language to learn. In China there is another language called Cantonese which is even tougher than Mandarin. Have lots to say about but can't write it on....
Posted by:Shaji Joseph - 12 Jan, 2013
I totally agree with you!! What is a language?? Set of sounds confirming a concept. Same concept can be put across in different sounds, hence the different languages!!
A language can be picked up based on the interest and necessity, if people speak only a particular language in a particular area..to survive in that area you have to pick up the language else you'll not. Same is the case with any language. You simply cannot club it as 'the most difficult language' or 'the easiest'.. it all depends on the individual’s necessity and interest. Ask any person in India..he/she'll say "Malayalam" is the toughest.. but I myself have seen Arabs speaking Malayalam!!
As for Arabic is concern..you can classify it as the most 'concise' and ‘précis’ language on same lines of Sanskrit, in the sense..same words can refer to many connotations and meanings. People say ‘Sanskrit’ is the most suitable language for computer programming, then cannot we deduce Arabic also is the most suitable language for computer programming??
Every language has its own beauty and nuances.. what are we trying to achieve here by clubbing it as most difficult and most easy ?? Only pt I can perceive is dogmatic bias against the above languages!!
Indian Replied to: Shaji Joseph - 14 Jan, 2013