Languages Around the World – From Easiest To the Toughest

Very recently, Japan has added a new holiday to its list of annual public holidays. December 11 is celebrated as Mountain Day in Japan to recognize the country’s beautiful terrain, the range of mountains and love for hiking and mountain-related activities.

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Japan has always been well-connected with nature, all thanks to its volcanoes, earthquakes and hot springs! In celebration of Mountain Day in Japan, let us take a look at where Japanese stands in the list of the easiest and toughest languages around the globe, as recorded from different sources across the internet!

Gracias (Thank You) to Spain for giving us Spanish!

Spanish is known to be one of the easiest languages to learn. This language is spoken in 21 countries by 437 million people, and this makes it the second most common language in the world when it comes to native speakers.

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First of all, Spanish flaunts a most natural grammar. Add to that; the pronunciations are uncomplicated and straightforward. Most of the words are pronounced exactly how they are written, and this works to the advantage of the native English speakers. It contains only ten vowels and diphthong sounds, which beats English’s count of 20!

Say NO to Being a Grammar Slave with Afrikaans

Contrary to popular belief, Afrikaans is a straightforward language to master and speak. First of all, both English and Afrikaans come from the West Germanic Language Facility. However, there are quite a few differences between the two languages.

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For starters, Afrikaans presents simple grammar, unlike most other languages. You will not find word conjugations like eat-ate-eaten, gender issues like those in French or Spanish, and pronouns like mine, yours, whose and the likes. In short, you are not a grammar slave in Afrikaan. However, roughly 7 million people speak Afrikaans at present.

Portuguese and its Arabic Influence

Portuguese is one of the more beautiful European languages. However, it is a lot easier to handle and master, as compared to the other choices. For instance, it goes effortlessly on the prepositions and has a comparatively easy-to-learn grammar.

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Framing questions in this language are natural, beautiful and direct. It seems to be very similar to English, only a little more comfortable and there are some nasal words which require some practice. This language is being spoken by a whopping 220 million people which makes it quite a popular choice!

Celebrate Love with the French Language

The French people and the language have been forever favorite when it comes to expressing love and romance. Thus, French emerges out to be the most romantic language in the world. It has a reasonably tricky grammar with many sub-divisions.

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Besides, the French seem to write and pronounce the same words differently. So, for a learner, it might be a bit of a challenge getting the hang of the language. However, 275 million people across the globe speak this language and let’s not forget that this is one of the sweetest languages.

The Language of Long Words and Rough Pronunciation – German

For most English speaking people across the world, German would be quite the ambiguous language to start off. It is characterized by long and complicated words that tend to exercise your tongue quite a lot. However, it is also a very descriptive language.

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They have a unique method of combining any word or noun with the action word to create a whole new term! However, the grammar is somewhat logical and easy to understand. Overall, this language is being spoken by approximately 95 million people and is quite a fun language to experiment with.

Experience the Sweetness in the Bengali Language

Coming from an Indo-Aryan descent, Bengali is widely spoken in Bangladesh and India. In fact, it is the second most popularly spoken language in India, second only to their national language – Hindi. This alone takes the count of Bengali speakers to around 215 million!

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Interestingly, Bengali finds applications in many other countries like the USA, UK, and the likes. The Bengali dialect is one of the most difficult ones in the languages across the globe. This is characterized by complicated spellings and equally complicated grammar structures. Backed by rich literature, Bengali is one of the sweetest languages in the world.

The Russian Language is as Tricky as the Russian Winter

Even though around 260 million people speak the Russian language, it proves to be quite a difficult task. Being a Slavic language, Russian can be compared to difficult languages like Ukrainian and Belarusian.

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Unlike English and most other languages, Russian does not make use of the alphabet system. In fact, uses another Cyrillic script, which has Greek roots. One interesting point to note here is that the Russian language has a strict case system that works for all nouns, adjectives, numerals and the likes.

It Looks Greek to Me!

As a famous English phrase goes, Greek has been one of the reference points of a difficult language and rightfully so! Interesting, it is known as the world’s oldest recorded language. It contains an alphabet system of 24 letters. Most of these have found several applications in Science.

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Some of these include alpha, beta, gamma and the likes. Greek is one of the official languages in the European Union, and a total of 13 million people speak the language, mostly in Greece and some parts near the Mediterranean Sea.

Chinese with Its Never-Ending Alphabet System

Chinese is spoken by one-fifth of the world’s population. However, it finds more popularity due to its list of alphabets that cover a total of 3000 characters. It might seem like a colossal task of memorizing all of these, but each character has its own set of logic and ideas.

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At present, around 1.2 billion people speak Chinese, in one form or another as their native language. Apart from the 3000 alphabets, the Chinese language keeps the grammar simple. The words take up the same form every time, irrespective of the way they are used in a sentence. You do not even have to conjugate the verbs!

The Language of Mysterious Origins- Japanese

Japanese turns out to be the world’s most challenging language and rightfully so. Even though over 125 million in the world speaks the language, its roots are uncertain. In all probability, the language was introduced by Chinese in Japan.

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In fact, the Japanese language also gave us the world’s first ever novel in the form of The Tale of Genji (源氏物語). However, it has significant influence over other languages like English. This is evident from the fact that Japanese terms like karaoke, tsunami, Sudoku are commonly used words in the English language.