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Hardest Foreign Language To Pick Up Besides English?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by brokeboi, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. brokeboi

    brokeboi Registered Member

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    I'm of chinese descent so chinese doesnt apply to me but the general consensus among my international friends is that the chinese language is the hardest to learn in terms of speaking/reading/writing. what are your thoughts?
     
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    I agree Chinese is one of the most difficult Languages on earth because its huge and the pronunciation is a extremely hard then other foreign languages.Chinese language does not have alphabets, instead have characters Chinese language have more than 20,000 characters however one must know 3000-4000 characters for everyday use.So know i hope you get why i said its the most difficult Language.
     
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    Depends entirely on your natives.

    As a Chinese person you find it hard to pickup English, and all the language that are similar to English (French, Spanish, Italian etc). But it is easier for you to pickup japanese, korean or even thai.
    It is the exact opposite for English speakers.

    Then there are other languages that are equally difficult for both parties, such as Arabic or slightly less difficult asian languages (Tamil, Urudu, Sinhalese, Telungu - there are practically no online resources to learn these making it even harder)
     
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    Russian is difficult besides English .
     
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    the hardest language to learn is the one you don't like .
     
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    Easiest: Chinese (except writing) and Latin languages.
    Hardest: Russian, Arabic.
     
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    It depends almost exclusively on your native (mother) language. The way you process the things you read/write and hear while learning it encode themselves deep into specific areas of your brain. The way you speak throughout your life directly programs the muscle memory of your mouth, jaw, tongue, and even breathing muscles.

    Back in college, we had a discussion about the hardest foreign language. People were constantly bringing up Chinese and I didn't agree. We are talking about a Slavic language region here. I said that the phonemes of the Cyrillic alphabet greatly match the Chinese one, therefore if we are merely taught how to read Chinese signs, we can begin pronouncing them properly immediately.

    This doesn't hold true if we compare Russian and English, there are a dozen phonemes in Russian that do not exist in Eng. and vice versa. If you know Russian people who have been speaking English for years or decades, you'll notice most still retain a heavy accent, and mispronounce words constantly. Most didn't agree with me, but a guy from that class who actually studied Chinese did.

    Additionally, here's a tiny crosspost - in another thread I mentioned how Mongolians use a Cyrillic alphabet, same as Kazakhstanis and a few others (USSR, lol). That's just a testament to how 3 languages with COMPLETELY different roots and structure can function inside the same phonetic system - A Slavic, Arabic, and Mongolic one. Heck, even in Moldova you have a Latin language (Romanian) incorporated in a Cyrillic script.

    I don't think English is particularly easy, it's just the most popular one since we are bombarded with it from the day we are born. I fiddled with Italian and Latin a bit, I didn't find them easier than English but most of my friends did in fact.
    Also, German could have probably been the 'world language' had there not been 2 world wars. In that timeline, I don't think too many people would have agreed that English is the easiest.

    The hardest and the easiest language to learn should probably be measured in 1. how eager are you to actually learn this? 2. how close are the phonetic structures 3. how difficult is the writing system 4. how different are grammar rules to the ones I've gotten used to 5. how easily can I practice this in my daily life?

    Personally, my head would explode if I tried to learn Chinese, even though I have the predisposition to pronounce the words. And Arabic, I could never write that, yet I think a Jewish person would gladly take up Arabic instead of anything else.
     
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