25 Of The Most Difficult Languages To Learn In The World

Learning a different language can be fun and open new possibilities. However, some languages are easier to learn than others. Just what are the most difficult languages to learn?

While a lot of it depends on your native language and many other factors, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most challenging languages for many learners. Here are the 25 Most Difficult Languages To Learn In The World!

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An Austronesian language, Tagalog is the language spoken by almost a quarter of the total population of the Philippines. Its grammar and uncommon sentence structure make it pretty difficult to master.




Navajo is one of the Southern Athabaskan languages that are spoken in the southwestern part of the United States. It has about 120,000 to 170,000 speakers.

There aren’t many similarities to Germanic or Latin languages, which makes it difficult for many learners to have any reference or connecting points. Most of the written versions of this language use a Latin based alphabet; the attempts at a written version of this language didn’t happen until the 1930’s.



Norwegian alphabetImage: Via Flickr user Paal K. - https://www.flickr.com/photos/paal_k/15042726206

This North Germanic language is the national language of Norway. Norwegian, together with Swedish and Danish, is mutually intelligible with other variants of Scandinavian languages like the Icelandic and Faroese languages.

Mutually intelligible means that it can be understood by people who speak other similar languages. Norwegian is also one of the working languages of the Nordic Council.



persian alphabet blockslinguistblog.com

The Persian language belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European languages. It’s mainly spoken in Afghanistan and Iran, as well as Tajikistan and other countries with Persian influence.

This language is known to be a continuation of the literary language of Sassanid Persia called Middle Persian language. Around 110 million people speak the language worldwide.




For centuries, the Indonesian language has been the language of business in the entire Indonesian archipelago.

It’s considered one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Indonesia is the fourth most highly populated country in the world.

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