Hardest Sounds to Make In Languages

The Top Ten

1 R with Háček

After about 12 weeks I finally got the 'ř' what I did is I open my mouth with the tip of the tongue bended back then I closed my jaw with the tip of the tongue bended back (because closing your jaw with your tip of the tongue bend back can get the hard rolling sound easier (the rolling sound in czech has a lot stronger sound then the spanish 'rr')) when your jaw closing keep your tongue bend and quickly move your tongue to the flat part of the palate (your tongue needs to move quicker than your jaw).

I figured out how to the ř sound it is simple roll your tongue like the Spanish double r then you teeth needs barley closet like when you’re doing the long e sound then put the double r and the long e sound together to form a new sound it should be very simple if you got the Spanish double r.

It is very hard and I mean HARD but most people say that get it by saying "ch" really fast

It's very hard and it almost took me 3 weeks to get it right.

2 Throaty H

I am a native speaker of a language like this and still find myself sometimes missing it, it's very hard to do sometimes.

3 C in Xhosa

If you don't know, Xhosa is a click language. It has 3 different clicks. X and Q are rather simple, but I find C to be very hard.

To do the 'c' in Xhosa pull the tip of the tongue away from the back of the upper front teeth; tsk, tsk.

4 Actual Q

Yeah it's hard to do this, in languages like Arabic and Tajik where it's NOT JUST A K LIKE IN A CERTAIN LANGUAGE.

5 Æ

Because so many people think it's meant to be like "æ quirk of mine is..."

6 Œ

I find so many people failing in this one, because they expect it to be like "�" why didn't you say so".

French uses that same letter and its not that hard to pronounce, it's the same sound as the 'e' in French

7 Trilled R

Although I can do this sound now, it took me until I was 5 to do so.

I still don't know how to do this.

8 W

Personally, I myself find it hard to make this sound when it is not in my native tongues. I see many ESL also pronounce it more as a V.

9 Th

For foreign Speakers mainly, it sounds like some messed up D.

This is simple it's the same as the Welsh 'LL' but just move your tongue to the top teeth.

10 LL in welsh

There is actually an easy way to do it the easiest way to do the LL in Welsh is that you can do the position of the English 'th' open the bottom jaw and keep the edge your tongue touching the upper teeth then move tongue back little behind your upper teeth then you just blow.

The ll is a another one of the hardest sounds what you do is you put your tongue into the position of english l and t then you blow little soft.

The ll is really hard because you had to blow with your tongue on top of your mouth.

The welsh LL is actually really because all you do is put your tongue behind your teeth and blow like 'Th' but more sounds like 'lh'.

The Contenders

11 The Polish ‘CZ’ and ‘SZ’

The pronunciation is very throaty

12 Ng

The fact is most of us pronounce this wrong.

13 The X in Pashto

The X in pashto is hard because In order to produce the sound of /ښ /one needs to touch the back of tongue with theuvula and let the air out in order to create a hissing sound. However, in western (Kandahari) dialect, this sound is straight away produced in the fashion of /sh/.

ښ = x

14 S in Arabic

The s is very hard in Arabic because its like 's' but with the back of the throat constricted. Makes 'a' further back in the throat, 'I' into 'e' and 'u' into 'o'.

Its very hard to pronounce the 's' in arabic its kinda like 's' but with the back of the throat constricted. Makes 'a' further back in the throat, 'I' into 'e' and 'u' into 'o'.

15 Ы
16 õ in Estonian

A uniquely Estonian sound pronounced with the tongue in the same position as the o sound, but with lips unrounded; kind of halfway between the e in get and the u in hung

17 (ړ) R in Pashto

The 'R' is very very hard to pronounce I can't even do it because you have get whole tongue curl back then you have to quickly flaps down.

In order to produce the sound of R the whole tongue curls back and then quickly flaps down.

18 X
19 Q
20 Rl
21 þ
22 ع in Arabic
23 H in Bosnian

A little more emphasized than the 'h' in "help". Somewhat close to the Spanish jota (j), pronounced in the throat

24 lateral click x in Xhosa
25 Q in Zulu

To pronounce the Q in Zulu you have to place your tongue against the roof of Your mouth and snapping it downwards.

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