Most Annoying Languages


The Top Ten

1 Chinese

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

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

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.

Ching Chong

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.

Sounds like throat gargling

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

I'm a native speaker and I hate it

3 Hindi

I want to throw up every time I hear this language

Nasty language I want to vomit

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

Just Gross.

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.

I think French is one of the most annoying languages along with Chinese. Nasal, extremely effeminate, I'm just a few steps away from throwing up when I have to endure the sound of of the French language. To make things worse, native speakers of French are usually very much in love with their own language. They usually can't stop raving about how beautiful their language is and so much better than anything else (how ironic, the average francophone knows only French, so what a judgment call based on hardly antyhing! ). Well, even though French has its fair share of fans, a lot of people dislike the language. But most French speakers seem to have missed that fact. Navel-gazers first class.

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.

I don't know how to speak french, but I know it's a beautiful language.

5 Swedish

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

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.

Swedish sounds like a bad joke

Sounds like Danish or Norwegian spoken while getting bum rammed

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

7 Vietnamese

I've worked in a Vietnamese restaurant for about 9 months now. Their language sounds like a toddler incoherently shrieking and yelling at the top of their lungs, it's honestly headache-inducing. A normal conversation for them sounds like a screaming contest. I've never been forced to endure a more aggravating noise in my entire life. I embrace the sounds of my neighbor's misbehaving screaming child when I come home every day because at least he's not speaking Vietnamese.

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

UGLIEST of all Asians. They look Nasty, They Sound Nasty, and they refuse to pay taxes at their nail huts...

The ugliest and worst sounding language on the earth. Vietnamese people always talk loud, makes it sound even worse, so irritating and annoying.

8 Korean

At a hostel with a Korean ski and snowboard team. Not all of them are annoying but some of them make me want to kill a small baby

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

The lisp kills me and the whining noise at the end of every sentence is horrific.

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

9 Thai

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.

Annoying voice!

Can't believe Thai is not in the 1st rank. When I first heard the language I thought it was a joke and that retarded accent was something people made intentionally- pretty shock afterwards to find out it was a real language. Thai is a language that you can never keep your straight face when hearing because it sounds so dumb and annoying, kudos to all businessmen out there who have had a successful business with Thai people.

Thai sounds like the people are constantly complaining. It is beyond annoying especially when a guy from there has a deep voice but the language makes him have a high pitch as well.

10 Russian

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

12 Japanese

Only good for cartoons and disgusting porn. The language is poor when it comes to academics. Don't bother studying in the Tokyo University, been there and their Physics books are full of nonsense.

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.

13 Tagalog

A carbon copy of the Spanish language.

This is a mumble language.

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.

14 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.

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'm a native Australian english speaker I just think English is extremely boring, my favourite language is German, which I'm learning at the moment I actually love German so much, I have an obsession with it and Rammstein etc. Even though English is a Germanic language but it's just not a cool.

I like english but even english-speaking people have trouble with english. It's made up of 6+ languages and It's irritating when the same word spelled multiple ways have different meanings. Example: "There" in that direction or place. "Their" as in someone's posession. "They're" as in a contraction or joining of two words. What's worse is if you have an argument on the internet and the other party doesn't have a good comeback, the default action is the embarrass you by pointing out bad spelling or punctuation errors. Really dude.. You wanna say my misuse of language proves that I'm less educated than you. Did it ever occur to you that I just don't wanna type everything out on this puny screen?

English is my first language and I think it’s boring. It has stupid spelling rules and nothing makes sense. We can see English words anytime. Everyone speaks it including me. - 40

16 Danish

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

Impossible to remember vocabulary and learn! And everyone mumbles.

17 Polish

I'm learning the language now and love it. Wish I could go back in time and appreciate the time when my parents tried to teach me. You enjoy words if you understand them so no language is annoying. This is a ridiculous survey

It should be number 1 as the most irritating as well as the accent...gawd awful!

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.

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.

Filipino is not a language. Tagalog is the language.

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

I feel sorry for the people who speak it as a native language.

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.

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.

Turkish sounds CRAZY! It sounds like " Glug mug, Chilubtuck, begug ruck" it's always got a " muck tuck" rhyme between words. An ugly language imposed by oriental savages that once conquered Greeks, Romans, Caucasus, Persian, & Anatolian people's, then were wiped out or fled back to the Asian steppes, because they were slant eyed thugs who couldn't keep an Empire together. The Seljuks lost 600K men in Georgia in Didgori, that all but wiped them out!

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

22 Portuguese

Even worse than French.

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...

Portuguese sounds like retarded spanish

23 Tamil

Come on guys, it sounds damn funny.

Irritating Language

Worst language along with Hindi. Sounds as if you shaking pots and pans all the time... The sounds are so archaic that it's like hearing a bunch of stone-age-under-civilised folks fight and spit at each other. -- most claim this language is oldest in India and truly sounds like one. ---I' a Tamilian who have come to genuinely appreciate other soft languages and Tamil is NOT one of those.

This should be ranked number 1.

24 Italian

They soeak too fast, pronouncing is very annoying, words sound stupid, rhythm is weird. And I have to listen tyat stupid crap every day!

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.

Sounds sleazy, pretentious, has a weird rhythm.

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.

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.

26 Slovak

Ugly Slavic language. It's so irritating.

27 Cantonese

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

28 Greek

Ancient greek is very annoying, but modern greek is nice

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

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

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 Urdu

Most annoing language ever is urdu most sound like trying to kill each other this language should be on top as most annoying.

Makes no sense whatsoever to say Urdu (out of all languages as well) sounds "loud" and "uneducated" it's actually the exact opposite of that lmao. My native language is English but I speak okay-ish Urdu and honestly it's a sweet spoken language and Urdu poetry is beautiful. It's a sophisticated language with roots with Persian and Arabic.

The only language I’ve heard that makes me physically ill.

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

31 Romanian

Sounds like someone's having a seizure and a mental breakdown at the same time, it's just utterly disgusting

Makes you vomit immediately as you hear it, the most disgusting language ever made

It sounds like gypsies speaking some false italian while having a throat disease

Tried speaking romanian once, my tongue stole a bicycle that day

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.

33 Bengali

One of the most graceful language ever

It shouldn't be in this list!

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

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

36 Serbian

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.

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

Sounds like a Russian who tries to speak Spanish.

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.

It's not higher because no one knows this horrible language. Sounds so dull and irritating.

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

42 Amharic
43 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.

44 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.

45 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

46 Bulgarian
47 Bihari

Language of loud & uneducated people.

48 Tibetan

It sounded like a mixture of Arabic and Chinese, which doesn't mix well at all. The most irritating part is when they are excited and start screaming at the top of their voice

It sounded like they are going to vomit. The worst is their prayer te te te te te te te and they call it as a prayer.

Now I understand why Chinese people doesnot allow to use Tibetan... Its damn irritating and annoying!

49 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.

50 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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