Most Annoying Languages


The Top Ten

1 Chinese

I'm living in a university residence, shared with three international Chinese girls, who I'm guessing have been friends for a while and have applied to room together. The walls are thin and they are always in the common area which is right next to my room. It always sounds like they're shouting at each other. In fact, they do shout at each other from the balcony of the second floor to the first floor. They also often invite their friends over, and it just seems like there is always either a party or a fight going on right outside my door. One time, for once in my life, I was trying to sleep pretty early (around 11pm) on a weekday, and they had invited people over, and were talking and laughing so loud, then like 20 minutes later, one of their friends, started crying - and not just crying but whining and yelling and sobbing. This lasted another 20 minutes. I wanted to scream, and I gave up sleeping. I also don't understand why this girl who doesn't even live in our dorm, is always here ...more

Sitting on a restaurant right now trying to get some work done and the table over is speaking Chinese so loudly, it's aggravating. I remember falling asleep once to Chinese music, which toned down the harsh sounds of the language, but nearly having a heart attack when I was woken up by some kind of narration on the cd being spoken in Chinese. I know the content matched the calmness of the song, but he sounded so angry

Loud and rough. The tongue rolls all the time. Its annoying as hell.

Been living in a very peaceful, quiet and friendly townhouse for a few years. Everything changed recently ever since some Chinese moved in. They are so loud in common areas even at night as if they don't care about others at all, we are seriously considering to move house.

Together with their bad manner and etiquette, it is the world most hated language by far.

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2 Arabic

It sounds like an old man haggling for a dusty Aladdin lamp with fishbones stuck in his throat. After he gets the lamp the dust goes up in his nose and he struggles to breathe.

I'm a native speaker and I hate it

It is a horrid language only a Muslim could possibly like.

I'm a native speaker and it sounds completely retarded disgusting and annoying to me. I was forced to learn it because my country was invaded by islam aka arabs.

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3 Hindi

Its annoying when u see titles in English but they speak this stupid annoying language.

Every time I see a video with,free" or,cheat" on YouTube video title they always speak Hindi and comments are in this stupid language...

By far the most annoying sound! They sound like they are constantly moaning/annoyed and speak ridiculously fast!

Hindi has a mix of properties that many find annoying, the high proportion of stop consonants to fricatives can make it sound quite choppy. Also the fact that it's a syllable timed language, to speakers of stress timed languages like English this can come across as a little soulless, also adding to the impression of choppiness.

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4 French

Ts a way to express feeling and emotion in a way like no other. It originates from a place of great beauty. Is thought of highly and is respected for its ways of making someone know you truly care.

The French language is beautiful.

They have the best love song in the world. The language may be hard, (it is even hard for French) but the difficulty able you to express feeling better. Believe me, be able to sing in French work with laddies ;).

This language has more names than anyone else, which makes it one of the first most interesting and certainly not annoying so far.

In French you can express anything you want, for that reason French are not really seen as they should, nice people with such a wonderful language.

I'm studying it and also my children are starting too, we plan also to return in this so beautiful and peaceful country, thanks so much France.

The French language when spoken by a man sounds like he's speaking baby-talk, I can't stand the wee wee zee zee woh-woh, let that language die and just speak English and spare our ears the pain of that feminine goofy baby talk language.

There are words in French that do not translate into any other language that explicitly express situation of love. For example. Retrovialles: the feeling you get when you see someone after a long physical separation. Surely one of the less annoying language.

And when saying that 40% of French words are English, you must learn that it's the contrary, 40% (even 45% depending of sources) of English words have French origins. With around 80,000 words, and here we count only words imported directly from French. By searching correctly, you will find these facts on internet.

All the rest is just voting French annoying language because of uncultivated way of acting.

It's THE language of loVe.
It's a complex language, with which you can express everything you want.
The French dictionary is the fist one in term of number of words.
I spent time to learn it, but it's such a nice experience to speak it, you learn and improve it everyday, it's a real magic language.
But if you are not clever or not mature enough, pass your way and continue to write here or there stupidities.

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5 Swedish

Sounds like a baboon is trying to gargle marbles. Worst language in the world.

Swedish sounds like a bad joke

Swedish is a beautiful language, I live in Norway. We sound pretty similar. The language sounds friendly and I feel like I am home when hearing it.

Sounds like Danish or Norwegian spoken while getting bum rammed

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6 Spanish

So many people speak Spanish and I don't know what the hell they are saying

I've learned Korea, Spanish, Italian, and listen to Chinese almost everyday.
Italian is very lyrical. Generally, people speak as if they are singing. Korean and Chinese can be spoken in a very tacky way as if they are from the South. Korean can be toned down by speakers. So can Chinese. Spanish is the opposite of lyrical. Its almost as if speakers think the louder the better. Louder isn't better. Its annoying and down there with Russian and German language. a lot of these annoying languages don't bear concept of lyricism in their languages so people just speak it fast and loud as if they work in a lumber yard.

It's satisfying when they speak. I love this language, and wish I wasn't too lazy to learn it. - Luckys

Spanish sucks, they speak so fast and sounds like a language for whiny women

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7 Vietnamese

It sounds like they're always saying "dang a lang bang"

I used to live in Singapore as a government scholar with classmates from all countries in SEAsia, China, India, and sad to say Vietnamese is OBJECTIVELY THE MOST ANNOYING. See, I make fair judgment here because I do compare it to other popularly annoying tonal languages like Chinese and Thai. The only reason it does not rank number one here is because there isn't as much Vietnamese diaspora as there is Chinese diaspora out there, so people world wide have not really been exposed to this horrible-sounding language.

Some languages just sound horrible, period. It IS NOT racism, period. Generally, any language that is flat and gentle sounding is much friendlier to the ears than languages that is nasal-sounding and covers different pitches. And man, Vietnamese has more tones and variation (they have up to six or seven I believe) than Mandarin tones (only four tones), AND much more nasal, with this very annoying twang to every single word they utter.

Every morning when the ...more

Honestly sounds horrible. Same as Thai. I mute videos where they speak vietnamese or Thai, because it just sounds ugly. Even beautiful people who speak just sounds ugly.

I'm no native in English and I've been exposing myself to a lot of languages with a lot of dialects. But I've never found any Vietnamese speaker that can speak Vietnamese with somehow decent tone. Even worse, they are never reluctant to speak loudly. Their English is also unintelligible.

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8 Korean

When the Koreans are whining at the end of every sentence, it sounds like Tarzan!

Korean sounds whiny as hell. Whinier than any other language
You've ever heard...

A 7 year old girl and a 40 year old man speak the same way. Imagine if someone said to you, "Please help me-e-e-e. "

Pyongyang dialect sounds better

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9 Thai

I find it hard to tell which male voice and female voice when I hear them talking. The sound is like coming out of the nose instead of the mouth - Dodori

Thai language is really annoying for me just like chinese no offense meant..

This has got to be the most annoying sounding language on planet earth. It's like someone sat down and thought really hard about how to make the most irritating sounds a human being can form and made it a way of communication. Something about the nasal tone and "waaa" sound they frequently use frustrates me.

The worst.

It's nasally, high pitched, lots of long notes in the language, it's like the language was intentionally designed to make everyone sound like a whining 12 year old girl with a sinus infection.

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10 Russian

I hate Russian because it sounds like people are spitting when they speak it.

As a Russian, I strongly disagree with you. Yeah, in comparison with English language, Russian one is kinda weird. But it does not mean it is disgusting or something... Honestly, I really like English. But Russian has many advantages, too. You just have to get used to the way it sounds. - RocknRollJoanOfArc

People on here have obviously not had much exposure to Russian, or it would be the top of the list. It sounds terribly annoying and nasally. The inflection is terrible.

I learn Russian online (I know that people who look at comments on this list may be annoyed with me saying 'I learn (language) online' constantly by now, but it's true..-.). I even like a Russian singer. Makes good songs with so much emotion although I don't know what he sings about. I find nothing wrong with the language as a whole. Sure, it's difficult, having 30+ (might be 33, I don't know really) letters that Russian learners need to learn and learn to pronounce, but once you get over that, it's quite easy. Some Russian words even are almost exactly the same as English in how you say it. Examples are 'Bicycle' and 'Radio'. I don't see the big deal that people have with the language. - LemonComputer

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The Contenders

11 German

It's an unappealing gutteral language.

German is amazing and if you think Germans are Nazis or evil then you're racist I'm German and I'm not a Nazi... Germany has a very low crime rate it's a beautiful language sorry for my bad English

German honestly sounds terrible; in comparison they made Klingon sounds like poetry.

Squeaky, noisy, and unnecessarily complicated. This is especially true of the Standard German dialect.

For a quick example compare the English "I am a surgeon" to the squeaky, harshness of "Ich bin Chirurg" when properly pronounced.

No serious person can actually say he/she actually wishes to learn this language for its beauty.

One has to have grown up with this language in Germany be duped by sentimental attachment into liking it.

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12 Japanese


I like how they sound, but some times it sounds like they are pretending to be cute :(

Reminds me when I visited Japan and was asking for directions, then some men probably in their 20s shouted at me, "temeee! Yow in Nihon spiku Nihon! " or something like that. I'm not saying it's an annoying language though, just very funny to listen at.

If you are going to judge the beauty of Japanese based on how young girls talk then you should do the same for English and judge it by how dumb valley girls talk. And that would be #1 on the list. It's the fault of kawaii culture, not the Japanese language. And whoever says Japanese is the same as Chinese is just... so ignorant it's pitiful and obviously has no knowledge of either language. Probably no knowledge of any language other than English, actually.

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13 Dutch

Nasal and all about making mouth noises.

Modern Dutch is guttural, monotone and eating itself by incorporating so much misconceived English. It's young and middle-class speakers (specially the women) sound retarded by speaking in a theatrical manner encouraged by the media.

On the other hand, there is a nice-sounding Dutch in the Southern Netherlands and Northern Belgium, especially the standardised version. Dutch in the Randstad is a bastardised language that needs to die out soon.

The most annoying Germanic languages. It has no harmony. Germanic languages either sound soft (like English) or Hard (like German). Dutch is a robotic language! Just listen to some Dutch songs.

The standard dutch is one of the most superficial languages ever, much like American English. Combined with the slow guttural vomitting, which sounds as if the mouth is pregnant of a German word, Dutch from the Netherlands/Holland/VOC should be greeted with fire and brimstone. The Southern Dutch and Belgian native Flemish however is one of the most natural sounding accents in the world in my opinion and have a rich culture in prose and poetry.

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14 Tagalog

The language sounds uncivilized, and they talk so loud in the public, laugh so loud and talks so fast, and stare people in a way that is very unpleasant at the same time and I can't believe they are really proud of doing those.

If I wanted to talk in the most annoying manner and tone, it would probably sound exactly like how many (not all) Filipinos talk.

Nang pang and...weird

I hate it, it truly gives me a headache it sounds horrible and it's so so annoying, I used to think German was ugly before I hearing this #%$@

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15 English

I hate when English speakers - mostly the racist ones who frequent this page - think they can objectively rate how other languages sound. Literally, you guys are all the worst.

I am a native speaker and my stupid American accent sounds like an annoying bland monotonous disaster, but I do like the British, Scottish, Irish, Aussie, Kiwi, or pretty much anywhere but America is where it sounds good.

It depends. If you're a native speaker you wouldn't realize how bad it sounds. But to foreigners and does who doesn't speak it, I might sound awful. But it will cure when you started learning it and knowing the eternal of it

Some of the words are pretty ugly to be honest

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16 Danish

Sounds disgusting.

Though it is the most beautiful and eloquent Scandinavian language when it is written, it turns into the sound of someone speaking Norwegian being strangled once they open their mouths (though it is probably more appropriate to say that they open their throats, not their mouths, when they speak)

As someone who genuinely love German language, Danish surprised me in horridness. It's just so UGLY.

Sounds like they're choking on a potato

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17 Polish

what - GerryIsHere

Most disgusting language not just phonetically but also their intonations. Nothing against the Polish themselves, but the language just makes my blood boil.

Stop hating on Polish! It's a really great language and fun to speak. Don't hate just because you can't pronounce the sounds. - Miauzer

Kids sounds spoiled! I'm polish... It's a hard but pretty language, similar to others as well..

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18 Filipino

I've heard Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Polish, Chinese, Hindi, Cambodian, Burmese, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic... you get my point. Some sound very well, some not so much. Others are neutral. But Filipino. Oh, I can surely state Filipino's the worst sounding language of all.

Who speaks this language people from the philipennnes (sarcasm)

It sounds as if someone is molesting a chicken.

Ugly sounds ugly people

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19 Czech

Played professional basketball in the Czech Republic. Their language is by far the most irritating I have ever heard. They have a saying that sounds like "Tay Vola" (probably spelled wrong) It roughly translates to "Oh Man" they mutter that saying almost every other word and the men are about as tough as American women so they also have that going for them. Overall it was a great experience but the language and toughness of the people I played with were HORRIBLE

Sounds disgusting.It's similiar to slovak but czech is worse

Czech is NOT the most annoyin' language brod

20 Hebrew

This is not a language, this is throat disease.
even arabic sounds better than hebrew

I think the language is absolutely repulsive. Just dreadful.

So annoying no body understand you unless you yell.

I hate it as hell, I hear every no and then and it,s forced upon me and I just can't tolerate it or learn it from my hatred to the language.
I wonder why Jews chose it as a language if their religious books are in Yiddish or why don't they practice A Aramic instead of this horrible language

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21 Turkish

It sounds like Arabic.

It's a beautiful language, anyone who complains about it is probably a stupid and racist armenian, kurd, or greek.

Very horrible. A Battle-Cry language. Only useful to lead your horde.

Most annoying language ever... Not sound, no musical... They shout when they talk... Grhst what is that about

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22 Portuguese

Sound very annoying, unpleasant

The most disgusting language I've ever heard. I enjoy hearing spanish in Multi Languages and instantly GAG when I hear portugese right afterwards! It is HARSH, mumbling and the pronounciation is totally weird and even more unreasonable than in french! I can't stand the sound of it!

The most beautiful and sexy language, especially the Brazilian accent. European Portuguese is perfect for poetry, and Brazilian Portuguese is the most perfect sounding for music! Plus Portuguese is a language of the future as it is spoken officially in 5 continents. Brazil alone has the 5th strongest economy in the world! And Portuguese speaking Angola is the Brazil of Africa.

The language always sounds like someone needs to sneeze or just recovered from a cold. Also the group of people speaking loud Portuguese behind you in line, won't acknowledge that you exist even though they are 1 foot away. Yes, they talk over everyone in the room, even over people's inner thoughts...

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23 Tamil

Come on guys, it sounds damn funny.

Irritating Language

This should be ranked number 1.


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24 Italian

Sounds sleazy, pretentious, has a weird rhythm.

Some of the things said here are true, like Italian is obsolete and somewhat awkward. In a sense it is an artificial language. I am Italian and I myself find it somewhat inauthentic, I feel comfortable with it only when I write. However it is not easy to say how Italian sounds because standard Italian is spoken only in the T.V.. Most Italians will speak with a strong (or very strong) local accent. Almost all have very different sounds and rhythm from standard Italian, like separate languages (which they historically are). Impressions of Italian being coarse or whiny make me think that the commentators here have listened to some specific regional accent (some indeed have such sounds), and have thought it was the sound of standard Italian. I wouldn't reccommend learning Italian unless you have some important long-term business there; otherwise it's like learning Uzbek or Amazigh. However, remember that the original question concerned the most annoying language, not the people. Insults ...more

At first Italian sounds confusing, ugly, and over all evil, thanks to the stereotype that all Italians are horrible people because of Mussolini. Italian people would not even love there country, or reveal their South until their world proud self oriented way to be. It is a very weird and confusing language to a native English speaker, especially when they young. I will say I now think that it is so beautiful and I have fell in love with the misunderstood language, culture and people.

To all you saying that Italian is the world's language, just need to understand Italian language is obsolete, bro trust me, try to learn something in Italian and you'll realize it's completely dumb like learning an absolute dead language like Latin. Now, everything is in English and better use British. Never start to learn this dumb language only used in the back kitchens of some pizzas or others Italian restaurants, only Italian people speak Italian language, never find any Italian word in the most advanced fields like new technologies, nano, biotech, genetics-.. The world is managed by a prevalent language named English. But if you want to play an actor as mafia guy, ok, you'll just look a loser.

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25 Punjabi

Such an ugly sounding language. Disgusting. It makes my ears want to barf!

Can't believe it's not in the top 10, easily one of the most annoying languages.

It sounds clumsy, erratic, and uncoordinated. The flow doesn't complement breathing pace so it sounds like people are pulling words out of a hat.

They sound like loud, uneducated, savage boars.

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26 Greek

Ancient greek is very annoying, but modern greek is nice

Greek was the first language in the world, how can it be annoying when it also adopted the cyrillic and coptic alphabet? Even words like Cyrillic, Coptic and alphabet are greek words. Not to mention that any languages in the world use Greek words and the Greek alphabet. Altho I prefer ancient Greek more, modern Greek isn't bad. - Johnalove

I stopped learning this ages ago because it's SO ANNOYING! - LemonComputer

27 Slovak

Ugly Slavic language. It's so irritating.

28 Cantonese

Wonder which idiot put canto on the list trying to differentiate the same savage terrible language as the Chinese. FAIL ATTEMPT HAH.

29 Latin

I care about Latin and for several reasons. When you have learned Latin well, whereas older nor newer forms of Latin, is it easier for you to understand more languages than you perhaps did not before. How would you feel if the language you were born with got close to extinction? Just becase it is a dead language does it not mean it should stay that way. Latin is still spoken in the Vatican State. I recommend latintutorial on YouTube

Latin is for sure the most annoying language along with its stupid bro Italian, both are dead languages, outdated, used only by old catholic men in a 'country' called Vatican not larger than my own town.

30 Romanian

The most annoying language ever

I don't know why but listening to it gives me a headache and makes me irrationally angry. People who speak it sound drunk and whiny and or grumpy

31 Urdu

Sounds loud and uneducated, it gives me shivers, disgusting language

Sounds like Hindi punjabi rules!

32 Khmer

I'm listening to it right now and I just want to pop my eardrums out with a golf pencil.

First it sounds funny but then those roling r's start to annoy and the many words like smey, prang, khmey and so on, the most annoying languge of south est asia for sure

Too many nasal tones

Yuck. It's just as bad as Tagalog.

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33 Bengali

It shouldn't be in this list!

Some people are so dumb.. think about who this is offending..

This filth must be on the top

Punjab's far Eastern, loud bastard cousin.

34 Hungarian

When you hear it it's like the whole world comes crashing down around you and you get so angry you want to Nuke Hungary off the face of the map

Just the most anyonying language in the world, especially after listening for 2 h in nonstop this jungle mumbling in full volume everywhere where U go..

Hungarians speak by making disgusting sounds, burping and saying 27 letters in two seconds, which makes Hungarian the most disgusting language of all time. This should be on the first place.

I wanted to vote for klingon but it wasisnt hear

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35 Persian (Farsi)

Actually very beautiful to hear. - Ananya

Very beautiful language

If you're interested in most beautiful poems, I highly suggest you learn this language.

Nice language. I visited Iran two times. Friendly people

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36 Serbian

This one is one of the worst literally. It's annoying, not melodious at all, sounds like they use swear words all the time

Croatian with gay accent fake language

The most perfect language in the world. Every written letter counts for one vocal. No exceptions. You can never ask yourself "hey, how do you pronounce this? ". And it sounds neat.

Sounds like a Russian who tries to speak Spanish.

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37 Malayalam

Annoying as duck

The only cool thing about this south Indian language is that it spells the same backwards. Other than that, it sounds as sweet as running your nails down a blackboard.

It has this nasal quality to it and sounds really irritating. They speak really fast and I hate the accent. I wish I can shut my ears when I hear someone speak it.

I speak Malayalam and the only thing that I like about it is that it's more related to Sanskrit than any other south Indian (Dravidian) language. If you listen to uneducated/under-educated, low caste (there are different castes in Kerala) Malayalam speakers you'll notice that they use drum like sounds when talking like "the" "Di" "Divan" "Develu" "Pandi" "Kundi" "Kindi" "Kandu" "Eda" "Edi" etc. etc. etc.

38 Croatian

Actually, this is stolen Serbian language with changes to fit Croatians&to be called "Croatian language".

Fake serbian language

39 Welsh

It sounds like a horse speaking words.

I agree, very lovely language, grew up in cymgwrach, south wales, in america now. My mother spoke it fluently, I could listen to here all day long.

I am welsh, so I am biased, but I truly think it is a very beuatiuful, lilting lyrical language. And as there are not direct translations from English to welsh, it is often more descriptive than English E. G "fruit of the orchard", as opposed to just plain "Apple". Which means it is by its very nature more poetic than its English countepart.
Also, spoken welsh often sounds like a form of Elvish the way it rolls off the tongue. (tolkien did actually base Dwarvish on old welsh, which is strange as The Welsh aslso share a history of mining with Dwarves lol)

So, in conclusion, Welsh should not be in this list... At all
Cymru am byth. Mae hen wlad fyn hadau yn anywl I mi.

40 Javanese

I agree and all Javanese are all lousy boring cultured with whiny sore throat accent

Ugh..This awful ugly language is so mean to me I can't stand someone speaking Javanese I like Japanese better than this awful language Javanese IS NOT BEAUTIFUL AT ALL

41 Finnish

Finnish sware words are very annoying

Finnish is so hard and annoying to learn. As a Finn I can confirm this.

I wish I wasn't Finnish, because of this stupid language...

Absolutely horrible

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42 Indonesian

Even deaf people don't wanna hear this language sent from hell.

The sound of Indonesian is intangible puke.

It sounds like me pooping.

Ew. I'll just leave it at that.

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43 Kurdish

Its Persian like disgusting sounding and arabic like weird

Disgusting fictional language just like yiddish.

It's like "ez biz rosh bash roj koj wara wara" I don't have a negative opinion against kurds. but this language is the worst language I've ever heard.

44 Bulgarian
45 Amharic
46 Quechua

Ugh, what a stupid language, it sounds like a maraca or some crap. God, the way they speak sounds like they're busy eating a Guinea pig or something.

Never even heard of this language

LOL, they do eat Guinea pigs.

47 Irish

Vocabulary changes just for a few words and you could make common mistakes without putting a lenition or eclipsis etc

It's complicated at first, but gets easier as you get used to the complicated rules. Just because a language is hard doesn't mean it's annoying. I love the Irish language. - LemonComputer

Yep if you are off tone you are entering the twilight zone. Watch out for those slashes above the vowels. Changes everything

Makes no sense and ONLY 3 places in Ireland speak it! 1

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48 Kannada

I have a friend that speaks in this language and every time I hear it no matter what people tell me...suicide is the only option!

The most irritating language.every time I hear some one speaks it I wanna cut my ears off!
It tops as the most cheapest language too! Speaken as if they ate uncivilized and wanna beg for alms.get your own food people.I want this to be in the top of the list
Hear this language and you will surely retch

49 Norwegian

I speak Norsk and even if think it's somewhat irritating. A lot of our language is 'sing-songy' and you usually don't notice until you hear tourist trying to communicate with you. For some reason they can never hit the right inflections and it drives me crazy. I don't know why they try anyway, we all speak English.

As a Norwegian the annoying thing with Norwegian is that its sounds childish and some of the words are even childish.

example word : tadpole
Norwegian : rompetroll
rompe in Norwegian is ass
troll in Norwegian is troll

50 Bihari

Language of loud & uneducated people.

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