Most Annoying Languages

The Top Ten

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

Assigning one character to one thing only works when there is a small amount of things. When the number of things increases, the Chinese/Japanese language tries to compensate by making new characters as well as combining characters to form new words. This ended up making the language so complicated and the combinations often depend on the context that the Chinese government tried to make a simplified version but even that version is hard to learn.

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 live with two Cantonese speakers right now and I want to move out right now! The man speaks so loudly even at late night and combined with its disturbing sound, it's the most annoying language of all. I find Cantonese to be worse than Mandarin. And they have no etiquette or whatsoever, knocks on the door when I'm taking shower, opening my door without my permission, entering my room without my permission, they behave like the lowest savages of the entire world for some reason...

Arabic

Well I do not think this one deserves to be amongest the top 3 I think it deserves to be nember 7 for one I am an arabic and for 2 I agree with the thing that it is one of the mooost difficult languages in the world difficult in terms of speaking hearing and writing system and it has so many dialects so yeah and also if I can put myself in another language speaker ( sorry didn't know how to say it properly I hope u got the meaning)I WILL SURELLY FIND IT Annoying BBUUTT I mean there are other languages which deserves to be number 3 4 5 6 like really come on there is Germany Russian Thai hebrew so yeah that's just my opinion on this matter

I am a non Muslim American and lived in North Africa for a few years. Personally I think Arabic is a very interesting language to try to learn as are others. It does have some difficult sounds for English speakers, but I found it easy to learn compared to trying to learn other languages in a classroom setting in the States. French on the other hand sounds like me trying to speak English after drinking a couple bottles of wine.

In this list Arabic should be number 1 not number 2. I am a half-Arab myself. (My mother is kordish). If you ask me what language sounds horrible in the Middle East I would say it's Arabic, even in the whole world! Only a biased Arab would say it's a "beautiful-sounding" language or it is "perfect" and nonsense like that. No language is perfect, but some of them do sound softer or harsher than others. Trying to say the equivalents of these words in Arabic will make you almost puke, especially 10 times or more: seller, lost, pressed, slaughtered, boiled potato, etc. Also, in Arabic they cannot pronounce these sounds /p/, /3/, /tsh/ (as in chin), /g/. Imagine a language without /g/ and /p/. They call police "bolice". There are even real cases when an Arab in the UK told the police officer if he can "bark" his car. The officer assured him that he can bark. The Arab PARKED his car in the wrong spot but on his return was surprised why the officer had fined him!

Sounds like they have a large amount of phelgm in the throat and they are going to spit it out any minute. Maybe the origin of the language started that way, people of that region being affected by excessive phelgm due to smoking hukka all the time, constantly clearing their throats and they developed those sounds as a means of communication. Not at all pleasing to the ear. Combined with it the halitosis, the unkempt beard all make it an unpleasant if not revolting experience.

Hindi

You realize scince you can't understand it doesn't mean no one can I mean 1/7 of the world speaks and can't even read English without wondering what it . Once I went to an Indian school and they all barely knew English they were like what do we and then did I was the only one who understand English good enough and I learned though them trying to learn your language would be impossible they even say what is this also this is from one of the first language in the world.

I hate it a lot even though I am an Indian.

I like british more than India.because they started English edu in India.

Please make it number 1.

North Indian are failures in life they suck to the core.

I am not proud be an Indian.i wish I was an American or britisher'

India sucks to the core.i hate India a lot.

I want to become an anti-Indian.

Love to britishers. I don't want live in India anymore because there is cheap language called Hindi

I wish all schools in India don't have Hindi.

You suck fail north Indians and people who speak Hindi

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.

Every language has a beauty of its own and every nation subjectively considers

Its own language the most beautiful so please stop hating.

People act as if English is the best language ever, I am sorry but there are still very kind people better than most English speaking people in the world.

French

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.

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.

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.

Most people think this language is beautiful and posh only because they identify anything from French with excessive admiration for cultural sophistication--a common misconception popular in East Asia. But all in all, I don't think a language where 'R' is pronounced as if a serial-killer slit your throat or the general tone of it sounds like a rasp of phlegm is considered mellifluous.

To top it all of, unlike any other languages, most of its native speakers are delusional enough to insinuate the hype.

Swedish

I learn this language online and it's so beautiful in both speech and writing. It's a little confusing, especially with 'The (human noun (e.g. Girl)) and '(Human noun (e.g. Girl))' as it's hard to hear the 'n' sound (or at least for me, I've always had a problem with hearing the letter 'n'). However, when you get used to it, it's quite easy. People are only voting this because the country itself is in a state from mass immigration. LANGUAGES ARE NOT POLITICS, IDIOTS!

Its honestly whatever, no one cares a out them but I hate their accent when they speak English. Its like they're trying so hard to be us. they're good looking but their culture and wannabe-english speakers make them seem like losers.

The comment which said Spanish accent, nobody in Sweden got a Spanish accent, except for the ones from Spain who isn't born in Sweden. Sweden is very north in Europe, Spain is very south, almost in Africa.

Always sounds loud and sounds like a verbal hammer. I usually understand most accents when a person speaks English, but a Spanish accent just shuts down my brain.

Spanish

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

This kind of logic is ridiculous. No wonder why this list is hated. - UL

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.

Spanish should not be here! It is not annoying! And it is also really easy to learn! Please change this big mistake.

Spanish is not easy to learn. No foreign language is easy to learn. Even if it was, though, a challenge is always fun. - Mooshroomsrock17

Really can not stand Spanish females. Find them really loud and annoying! The language is also hideous and seriously not attractive. I think the people can be fun and lively when they want but most the time they do it to just piss people off. I've met quite a few Spanish chicks and they all think they're gods gift. If your gonna speak English then do it, or else don't!

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

Vietnamese is such an interesting language. I want to learn it someday

The worst language by far, makes me nauseous, its like there is no break in between words. I heard there are 20 something versions of letter "A" in this language, only ups and downs. Even thinking about it makes me upset, it should be illegal

I came here because of Vietnamese. I had to search why some languages are annoying because of South East Asian languages are generally annoying, Vietnamese specially. I have Vietnamese friends, had Vietnamese roommate. They are great, lovely people. But, I wish I could cover my ears when I hear Vietnamese spoken. The same goes for Thai. The sound Vietnamese speakers make are similar to the loud, annoying chewing sound some people make while eating. Or it is the same sound cats make while drinking milk or water.

Korean

We are just a little extra in that way ;). The language is truly beautiful though. I got these comments when I first moved here. It's just over time the way everyone else spoke reflected onto others. It's not the language, it's just the accent. Like how you all have southern accents. This language was also made to separate us from the chinese language, it was made by the King Sejong the Great and his scholar. Everyone's language is different, that's why there is no need to hate on anyone's language. This list shouldn't even exist honestly.

I agree with them above, it is a very disturbing language. When ever I try to watch Korean thrillers etc I can't take the persons seriously when they make a very disturbing whiny sound at the end of the sentences when they get upset or angry etc like if they are throuwing tantrums or something.Why would a grown up make little kid sounds I really don't get

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

Too many Chinese losers coming over to spam vote to up the rank of Korean language, futile attempt as Chinese in fact is the undisputedly the most annoying language, congrats on taking the crown, China. ;-)

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.

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.

This is the worst language I had ever listened. Wonder why doesn't this on top 10? Even if you are feeling upbeat then listen to that language, your mood will completely shut down.

Russian

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.

Russian... That and Chinese are by far the worst sounding languages. Russian is so bad that even a fluent speaker (me) can feel its horrible harsh guttural properties. You'd think that a native/fluent speaker would probably be immune to the way their language sounds to foreign ears. But that's clearly not the case with Russian. Every time I speak it my tongue feels like it's about to go numb or something from pressing it against the roof of my mouth so much. It's a series of annoying "nya"s, "yo"s "ye"s "g"s and "k" and etc. But hey, at least I fluently speak a third language, right?

Poeple speaking Russian almost always sound like they want to slit your throat, take everything you own and laugh about it. It sounds vile, aggressive and contemptuous, like they look down on anyone who does not understand them. Except when they want something from you, then they whine and wail and pretend to suffer horribly, when actually they'r just waiting for the right moment to stab you in the back.

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.

The Contenders

German

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.

It's the most disgusting language in the world and I'm pretty sure in history. Obnoxious, gross and even though many germans are good looking...Its true what they say, you can't have it all because their language makes up for all the flaws they lack on their face and body

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

The words are very harsh and it hurts to speak it. Some sounds that German makes are utterly disgusting, especially the "kh" sound, similar to Arabic. I speak Arabic and it's not as good too.

Japanese

Eh..Japanese isn't an ugly language for me it's a beautiful language sounds very colorful,smoothing,cute and peaceful because sometimes Japanese becomes a soft language I love this language I know how to speak it I would like to listen to this peaceful language forever because when I'm older I'm gonna get a cellphone I'm gonna get my tuner radio on the App Store because I will like to listen to my favorite Japanese radio station it's called Kyoto cafe jp every day too on pandora so I can listen to Kidz Bop Kids every day because I love it so much their voices are beautiful I would like to listen to this language forever!

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.

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.

Haha wrong spelling :D but then, I voted this because.. Um?.. I'm not really annoyed with their accent, its just.. Its sounds like porn sound every time girls are talking haha sorry, that's my opinion :P

Tagalog

A gentleman at work sadly takes his break at the same time I do. And he's always on the phone with someone. Talking VERY LOUDLY. In Tagalog. Even listening to something loudly -- something extraordinarily beautiful like 16th or 17th century polyphony -- in order to counteract the effect sometimes just doesn't work. It is just an ugly language. Nails on a chalkboard? I can totally handle that? Tagalog? See me run, screaming, for the door. Even Tagalog accented English is almost impossible to hear for any length of time.

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.

Horrid sounding language. You can never just have 2 or 3 in a room. They invite/others also invite themselves every other filipino they know wherever they go. If you ever go on a trip with them even for just a few days they take half of their possessions with them and cram it and as many people as they can into the car.

Dutch

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.

Dutch is like English but with a heavy cold

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 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?

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 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.

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)

Sounds like some pirate who drank too much Carlsberg or a Turkey being strangled to death. Watch some YouTube on danish people speaking.

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

Impossible to remember vocabulary and learn! And everyone mumbles.

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!

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

Filipino

It sounds as if someone is molesting a chicken.

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.

Filipino is not a language. Tagalog is the language.

This language is from the Philippines. But it is spelled nothing like Philippines. That just pisses me off.

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

Hebrew

Hebrew is the worst. The Zionists resurrected this primitive language and it's modern pronunciation was adapted to meet the needs of Jews from Slavic backgrounds. Think of the very worst ugliness of Russian, German, Dutch, Yiddish, and Arabic, with an annoying attitude thrown in, and you have Hebrew. Oi!

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

The most annoying loud language that should have been lost. It’s terrible over the phone and especially in a room of people speaking individual conversations. They all increase their volume by 100%.

Hebrew speakers talk as if they want to throw up! More or less it closely resemble Klingon language in Star Trek. Quite revolting.

Turkish

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

All I hear is "Ane Ane" wanna throw up when I hear it

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

Portuguese

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

Easily one of the most hideous languages I have ever heard, particularly Brazilian Portuguese, which is saying a lot for someone who speaks multiple languages and understands some of many others. It's by far one of, if not the, most annoying and painful to hear.

Tamil

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.

Its just annoying to the ears

I'm brought up in a Tamil family and its literally screaming and shouting about everything. Including the language.

Italian

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.

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

No Italian is beautiful and I don't want to be that one person on all these saying someone fix this huge mistake but my buff speaks Italian and english I hear her talking to her mom in Italian on the phone and it is very beautiful I am just say if any body who is saying these things just think do you like pizza and pasta well those things are Italian so shut up!

Punjabi

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.

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

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

They sound like loud, uneducated, savage boars.

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