Hardest Sounds In Languages

AsianBlood
For any language.
Also I am making this list on phone so only have some letters, for clarifications:

Háček=that arrow thing over č

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1 R with Háček

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

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

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.

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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. - AsianBlood

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. - AsianBlood

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. - AsianBlood

5 Æ

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

6 Œ

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

7 Trilled R

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

I still don't know how to do this.

This is how you do the trilled R

Make the proper movements with your mouth. The English R sound is made by the movement made between your bottom lip and your top teeth. Alternative, the rolling R sound is made by vibrating your tongue against the back of your top teeth, which is very similar to the way your mouth moves when you say an English T of D.

(1) Start by saying the letter R, in English, out loud. Pay attention to how your mouth moves while you say the letter R. You’ll notice that your tongue does not touch the back of your teeth, it sort of just hangs there in mid-air.

(2) Now say the letters T and D, in English, out loud. Pay attention to how your mouth moves when you say T and D. You’ll notice that your tongue touches the back of your upper front teeth " almost like your tongue is pushing your teeth forward.

(3) The placement of your tongue while you say T and D in English is the same placement you need to perfect when attempting to roll ...more

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. - AsianBlood

9 Th

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

10 LL in welsh

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

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 almost sounds like th in English but without touching your teeth

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'.

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The Contenders

11 Ng

The fact is most of us pronounce this wrong. - AsianBlood

12 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

13 (ړ) R in Pashto

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

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.

14 X
15 Q
16 Rl
17 þ
18 Ы
19 ع in Arabic
20 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

21 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'.

22 H in Bosnian

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

23 lateral click x in Xhosa

To pronounce the lateral click, x, place the tip of the tongue against the hard palate as if you were going to produce the n sound. Press one side of the tongue against the side of the jaw. Then, without shifting the tip of the tongue from the hard palate, withdraw the side sharply from the jaw. This sound differs from the other two in that the release takes place at the side(s) of the tongue and not at the front. This sound is sometimes made to express regret or to spur on a horse.

24 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.

25 x̌ in Klallam

The sound is made near the adams apple, a hard x sound.

26 The French ‘r’

The French ‘r’ si one of two most difficult sounds in French (it’s difficult for young French speakers and foreigners) to pronounce the French ‘r’ try to pronounce it raspily in the back of the throat (it sounds like when your coughing up a hairball).

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