Many factors play a role in acquiring any new skill from who teaches you to your personal learning style. Take a look at some of the “hard” languages that may make your curriculum vitae stand out and are actually very easy to learn, especially if you already speak English.
Mandarin comes in at number one for the hardest languages to learn because its written form is difficult to recognize. The tone is also a factor that adds to the challenge of learning the language since there are many similarities among Chinese vocabulary words that a fluent speaker can easily hear. In addition, this popular dialect is full of idioms and aphorisms, which may confuse you when you first start to learn it.
The Arabic language has 10 different dialects but one set of complex grammatical rules that users need to follow carefully to avoid being misunderstood. In fact, this is the reason that makes Arabic one of the most difficult languages to translate (but that’s a story for a different day. You will find similar letter sounds represented by unfamiliar characters that do not include vowels. Known as the language of Islam, Arabic has spread throughout the world.
The Japanese language has three complete writing sets called kanji, hiragana and katakana, which is a lot to learn and recall. You can start learning easily by focusing on basic kanji then learning the next sets as you become more comfortable. Your instructor should familiarize you with the Western “horizontal rows” writing style and the traditional “vertical columns”. While Japanese and Mandarin share some characters, it is said to be much easier to learn than the Chinese language.
The Navajo language is used in Mexico and North America and is spoken with a much slower pace than English. Depending on your learning style, this fact may help you understand spoken speech faster than reading. Unlike English, Navajo is made up of verbs and does not include adjectives. The language can be mastered faster than you think even though written words are pronounced differently when spoken.
Icelandic is spoken in beautifully-landscaped Iceland, an isolated country which is why the language stayed pure. The language has not changed since the 9th century and is thought to be a dialect of Old Norse a dialect that was used throughout the Middle Ages. Today, 320,000 people across the world (not a huge number, but significant nonetheless). The meaning of many Icelandic vocabulary words especially when you learn that “computer” translates to “witch of numbers”.
So in closing, do not forget that you can learn any language you put your mind to. “Hard” languages might just take more effort to learn but are not impossible to master. You might actually learn some fascinating facts or funny direct translations.
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