Most Difficult Asian Languages


The Top Ten

1 Malayalam

I have heard that Malayalam is the toughest Indian language to learn. I am a native Malayalam speaker and the advantage of this language is that if you know this language, it will be easier for you to learn other languages especially Arabic. Other than Malayalam I speak 3 other Indian languages, Russian, Spanish and French fluently

Malayalam is incredibly difficult, as there are so many different ways to describe objects, that can tell you various things about the object. For example, the "meh" sound can be added to many nouns, to indicate someone is on or in the noun. There are many different versions of these nouns as well. Malayalam also uses a lot of slang in their vocabulary and figurative language, which could be hard for speakers of other languages to understand. Having a good understanding of the Malayalam language can allow you to learn just about any other language you please.

Malayalam is the sexiest language in the world. You have to clean your tongue before you start speaking out anything in Malayalam. The word malayalam itself is a fascinating string palindrome.
I should note that Tamil sounds like sing-a-song for girls, and Chinese languages seem to be having sounds similar to falling metal objects, although I like both of them very much. The typical fluency of Tamil language as a whole is just magnificent. Peace!

Yes its most difficult to learn. But its very easy for mr because I am in KERALA & I AM PROUD to be a malayali

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2 Arabic

Arabic is the hardest language to learn for an English speaker because of the letters.

Arabic is not that hard I speak and am American and I took me just one year and half to learn so yeah

I speak Arabic but learning to read and write it is hard

Very hardest

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3 Indian Language

What the hell is "Indian Language"? I mean there are so many languages in India

Seriously? "Indian Language"? There's no language called "Indian language". I mean really? There are a lot of languages in India. Anyways, if this is supposed for any language from India, then I deny it. I'm not fluent, but one language I know. It's easy for me. And then again, these are all opinions.

In India the most difficult language to learn in Malayalam due to there are many slangs and ways to express an opinion.

I fought there are more languages...maybe he/she meant hindi - Idiot244

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4 Persian

No, its not. Actually, it's so easy. I can speak Persian and I think it's better than English

It is usually grouped as being in the second hardest GROUP of languages. It is my first language, so I don't know how hard other people think it is. Conjugations are very simple and there is no masculin or feminin unlike many other languages. It may be easy for English speakers because it is from the Indo-European language branch (the group of languages that stretch from Europe to Central Asia and North India, the same group as English and most other European languages). It is not in the same language group as Arabic (which is an Afro-Asiatic language, the language branch spoken in parts of Asia and Africa). It does have some Arabic influence though from Arab invasions. So this language might be easier than some think.

Its pretty complicated for me.

Culture and Literature

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5 Lao

i'm a pro

6 Vietnamese

Vietnamese is a tonal language so if you use the wrong tones, you can accidentally say a different word than the word you intentionally tried to say. Also, the northern and southern dialects are different so people from the north have a hard time understanding the people in the south due to differences in pronunciation.

I will never Vietnamese, even I do live next to the country but it's just impossible. Chinese, Korean and Japanese are easier to learn than Vietnamese (to me it is).

Vietnamese is in family group of Khmer-mon language group. So, it isn't that hard to learn for Cambodian.

My mom speaks Vietnamese and Cantonese when talking on the phone with my CA relatives. I understand Cantonese but not Vietnamese. Based on the context that she used when speaking in Vietnamese, I am convinced that she was talking trash about me.

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7 Thai

Speaking easy Thai is possible to achieve through daily life learning but it's just for easy communication. If you want to master the authentic Thai language use, you have to be systematically trained in the formal class. The official writing is the hardest part, even Thai people still have this problem.

I'm Thai and I think the idea that Thai is hard is actually not true even in the slightest. Thai has very easy grammar and syntax. The pronunciation can be hard, but still far from impossible.

Thai is really hard to learn. It's really hard to write, read and spell out words. I think Thai is harder than Chinese, I am Thai and it was really easy for me to learn Chinese.

My country it is hard
But once to learn it it's fun to make fun of yur friends trying!

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8 Chinese

If you do think Chinese isn't the hardest language, you haven't tried it before. Sure, it might be easier for Thai or Vietnamese, but for non-tonal language speakers it's almost impossible to SPEAK Chinese. Japanese and Korean have very easy pronunciation, Japan has alphabets, Korean doesn't even need Chinese characters, it's the least time consuming language to learn. I've been learning them three about 10 years in total. If I could I would learn Korean, Japanese and one other in the time of studying Mandarin (which is the easiest Chinese language).

It might easy for people who know English. Their grammar are very same. Also, Korean and Japanese know Chinese character well. - linuxlovemin

Hardest part is writing the characters.

I know it's cliché to say this, but this language is so difficult to get right.

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9 Korean

Korean is extremely easy to read and contrary to what people say, the grammar is actually quite easy to understand. What makes it difficult is that Korean has no relation to languages I already speak. It actually is not related to any language in the world, being what is called a language isolate, but due to the large amount of Chinese derived vocabulary, knowing Chinese makes learning Korean much easier. I do not speak Chinese, unfortunately, so most of the Korean vocabulary seems totally alien to me, and most of the time when I need to use a translator to translate a sentence, it's because I don't know what the words translate to, not because I don't understand the grammar. Korean is not as hard as Japanese, though, because of the ridiculously easy writing system. - UncleDolan

Korean to be honest isn't as bad as you might think. Each character is assembled not by meaning like Chinese but by sound, so first you put the consonant, then the vowel. It's a lot like English except that the word are stacked on top of each other (i'm Korean)

Korean is much harder to learn than Arabic and you know it. Damn the other person who said arabic is harder, its slighly easier. Korean has no connection to other languages

It might easy for Japanese and Chinese people. Their are similar worlds based on Chinese and grammar is simmilar to Japanese. The words are little bit similar to Japanese such as 'kosokdoro' (kosokudoro in Japanese) means highway and 'muri' (muri in Japanese) means not make sense. - linuxlovemin

10 Tibetan

Some ancient Tibetan languages have up to 19 tones! That's like more than twice the amount in Cantonese! Just because a language is not widely spoken, doesn't mean it's not hard.

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11 Japanese

Japanese has two simple alphabets, but it also has several thousand Chinese characters (called kanji) which are used just as often as the other two alphabets. The kanji are actually sometimes more complicated because China has since simplified it's characters whereas Japan has not (Japanese originated from Chinese by the way). They also have multiple pronunciations - like 7. Also the sentence order is different to English so it's confusing. The use of particles (don't worry what they are if you don't know) means sentences can be said in any order and still understandable. There's also conjugations which change depending on the social status of person you're talking to. Chinese has characters and tones but it has really really really simple grammar. Japanese is so complicated

Even Japanese can't speak perfect Japanese... So complicated and so many beautiful vocabulary that can not translate to English. But to speak broken Japanese is easier than other.

I tried learning Japanese in the past, it was really hard to read, because there are so many words that I have to memorize!

The Japanese writing is the worst

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12 Tamil

Tamil, which is predominantly spoken in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malasyia and Maldives is relatively easier to understand than some of the other south Indian languages because of its clarity in pronunciation. But it is very difficult for a foreigner to speak in that language because of the stress that people need to put on words to pronounce them. If you know either Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam, then it will be easier for you to learn Tamil.

I'm a Tamilian who was born and raised in America. I find that Tamil is not hard to understand, but very difficult to speak, because the language contains so many sounds that are not commonly found in other languages, and words are often differentiated by minor differences in pronunciation. The writing system is also quite hard- even my parents, who both grew up in India, have trouble reading the script (although this is probably because they studied Hindi instead of Tamil at school). - UncleDolan

Tamil is one of the natural languages of the world, and difficult to learn as it does not accept Sanskrit words, thus making it isolated from other Indian languages.

To learn Tamil first you have to know how to twist your tongue well. Otherwise you can't differentiate the words, then the meaning will differ. As it is a classic language, generally it is difficult to learn.

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13 Telugu

I think Telugu would be easier to learn for someone who already speaks a South Indian language. Even for North Indians, I don't think it is impossible as it is very close to Sanskrit and even preserves many elements of Sanskrit that other Indian languages have lost.
The script is not overly complex as it is very logical. It definitely takes a lot of practice though. The gender is also easier than other languages as most things are conjugated with the female verb form, one doesn't need to remember any genders. I think Telugu is the easier of the south Indian languages and I would say that a serious student should be able to learn it easily.

Nope as of me, I am from kerala, its very easy for me to learn telugu.. I had never been to andra, I have no telugu friends too, still I could understand telugu... Its easy for keralaites...

Yes it is most difficult language to pronounce


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14 Filipino (Tagalog)

It almost the same to the English words but pronouncing the words is rather dodgy and almost 10% not understandable no offense no offense I too a Filipino but when you learn to read them right it is not that funny.

Tagalog is pretty easy but the grammar's verbal focus will kill your head. Even as a native Filipino, I got a low grade in this lesson. Master Verbal Focus and everything will come a piece of adobo!

Filipino (Tagalog) is one of the easy language in asia, why? Simply because the Philippines is colonize by the Spain and America at the top. More than 90% of filipino are english speaking, and some of them are Taglish (Tagalog-English). Aside from english, some of filipino words are simillar to Spanish language. The Philippines/Filipino are very fast learner and more advance in my own opinion. Filipino are hardworking obviously.

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT!?! Have you ever seen a verb table in Filipino? When we conjugate, we use prefixes, suffixes, infixes, and circumfixes. The grammar and manner of sentence formation is nothing similar to english. The pronunciation is a herculean task for an American. I’m surprised you guys say it’s easy.

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15 Sanskrit

It has an extremely sophisticated grammar that will take years to master. Even the native speakers make mistake while using the language. Even a single mistake can disrupt the grammar.

Sanskrit is mother of all Indian languages even malyam it has complete vocabulary and grammar even English and other foreign language do not have proper vocabulary it also tough language in the world by learning sanskrit and telugu we can get knowledge

very hard

Tamil is the mother of all dravidian languages of india which includes malayalam.and tamil is the first language and only language survive with out other languages and mother of many languages.

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16 Bengali

Not begin able to pronounce the Bengali words correctly. Besides words are very hard to write and it may take some time to some writing.

It's should be in number 4

So hard!

How come this is so far down! Of course, to us Bangladeshis, its not such a big deal to be able to speak in Bengali but to most of the other people of the world, Bangla (or Bengali) can be a really difficult language to learn.

17 Hindi

Hindi is difficult, But if you start learning Hindi then it is very easy.It is very difficult to write but very easy to learn if you know Hindi then its very easy for you because in India the most spoken language is Hindi.

This should be Hindi/Urdu as they are the same language.

Yeh toh hindi hai

Hindi is very easy language..if u see "Hindi serials"...

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18 Bahasa Indonesia

I am a native in this language. The language is so simple. You just need to memorize the words and put them in Subject + Verb + Object +... then it has meaning.

Indonesia has more than 740 native languanges, to united all of them. Indonesia made national languange which is called "bahasa". Bahasa is simple in order people easy to learn.

But from all native languanges, any some languange that hard to learn and do. The harsest one is "Basa Jawa". It's similiar to thai, Cambodia, etc but to do this languange you have to know your opposite talker. You will do difference word when you talk toward older, younger, at your age, importance pearson, etc. So, one word has many same words.

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19 Khmer (Cambodian)

In term of pronunciation and script, Khmer is difficult. Its combined sounds are complex. For example : Thngai, phteh, chhnganh, Sdab, chrroychong va, Khdam, khchek,.. The end sounds are worse. You would not hear what the last sound is. For exaple : pet, pek, pech, ped, peth, pekh, penh, pen, peng, pep, peb, peh, pel,.. Its consonants are way bizarre.

I've been wanting to learn Khmer, but no one really knows the language :( I've heard it, though, and it is DIFFICULT. Also, it seems their English spelling of words don't help at all as their pronunciation is waay different than it looks. I'm interested to see what level of difficulty it would be on compared to it's surrounding countries and China.

Probably the toughest I say 72 alphabets not including the headers

20 Sinhalese

Because I am Sinhalese and there is hard words and even I find it a bit hard.

Sinhalese is the official language of Sri Lanka and the closest language to Malayalam. I'm a native speaker and I honestly think Sinhala might be really hard for Europeans. Half of it's vocabulary is only used in writting and you need seperate conjugations for female, male, single, plural in writting and absoltely no conjugations in speech. This is somewhat like Tamill too.

Sinhala is an official language of Sri Lanka and spoken by about 80% of the population.It is quite difficult to learn and it has two forms...the spoken form and the written form...though both forms sound quite the same...learning to write in Sinhala can be much harder as many grammatical factors have to be considered to make a sentence accurate than when speaking it.Sinhala has derived from Sanskrit and Pali,two ancient Indo-Aryan languages(Sanskrit is actually the mother language of about all Indo-Aryan languages)and still contain many pure Sanskrit also has a few borrowed words from Potuguese,Dutch,English(due to colonial rule) and Tamil.It does not sound like Malayalam or Tamil.It sounds quite a bit like Hindi and other Indo-Aryan languages.

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