Worst Languages in the World

When you hear someone speaking an odd foreign language in the street you feel like laughing, but which is the worst and most useless language in the world.

The Top Ten Worst Languages in the World

1 Chinese

Everybody in China are going to be offended by this! One thing I wonder is why we think there are some ugly languages. Why do you think some languages are ugly anyway? I mean, seriously everybody! Just because you can't understand them, doesn't mean that they're speaking an ugly language. There is no such thing as an ugly language!

10,000 different characters in the alphabet that use complicated pictographs. Each character can have as many as 13 different meanings. Even the order that the lines are drawn is important. And I'm pretty sure 10 000 is the simplified version, wasn't the original 20,000 characters?

And that's just the written Chinese. The spoken is just as bad. Chinese is a "tonal language" which means that a word with the same pronounciation can have different meanings based on the tone it was pronounced with. Which means if you want to pose a question, you have to make the sentence "sound like" it's a question, otherwise the meaning is completely reversed. Can you imagine trying to distinguish between someone saying "I have the books" and "do you have the books? " based on the tone of the sentence?

Chinese people can't even understand the language and a normal conversation is usually riddled with "can you repeat that". They actually have to have their movies subtitled because of ...more

I quite agree with Chinese. Ok, first off, the sound. Chinese sounds really just repulsive and just... loud. The thing is, my mother is Chinese, alright? She speaks Mandarin (she's from Beijing). I asked her what is her least favorite accent in the world, and she told me SOUTH Chinese. That means like the Shanghai accent, or like Chinese spoken in places like Singapore. Search it up if you don't know what it sounds like. NORTH Chinese actually sounds pretty or elegant when wanted to. It can also sound very strong and angry when wanted to. North Chinese sounds pretty good.

Now, their grammar and language system. Okay, first off, I am no linguistic, but I enjoy languages. I studied Chinese for a year (and I will continue), and it's very interesting. First off, it's not hard! I don't really know since I haven't completed learning yet, but it does not seem hard at all! Their grammar is super easy! It is extremely easy! There's no conjugations, subject pronouns, object pronouns, ...more

I have to say as a Britain-born Chinese receiving traditional authentic Chinese education, I understand that Eastern languages which distinguish meanings basically by vowels instead of consonants (like English) can sound very weird when you don't understand. And also, the folk speak in a very mundane way with all kinds of accent which makes Mandarin sound annoying. It's a language can only sound a bit of decent when announcers and T.V. series roles are speaking, otherwise not really pleasant to hear.

But the point I want to make here is that: this vote per se is very stupid and it just triggers out all kinds of superficial people couped up in their little funny world, expressing there shallow useless opinions while they don't know anything about how noble Chinese is in terms of written language.

No conjugation, extremely flexible, full of stream-of-subconscious, profound and rendering endless space for imagination (not like western words with set definition and written ...more

2 Hindi

Hindi is annoying but its also the best language if you wanna insult somebody... Look up hindi abuses.. They're hilarious

Just disgusting. The music is disgusting. Zee T.V. and all of it's variants is annoying. Every female singer sounds like they are singing the same song over and over. The fact that they draw lines through the middle of all their words is annoying. Even when a new language is learnt, then Indian accent and head bubbling is annoying.

Hindi is as enigmatic as it is frustratingly complicated; and yet it is one of the most graceful and beautiful tongues to speak. It spans cultures, dialects and races, and is arguably one of the most multicultural languages on Earth (Persian, North, East, South Indian and English influences).

I think, Indian languages are far easy and better than most of the languages in the world. Multi languages mixed to form new unique language, which you hear now a days in present life. - subhash

3 Italian

Horrible language, old fashion. And Italian people cannot speak without gesticulating, even when they drive.

And for improving the intellectual level of Italian, Italian is NOT the most direct evolution of Latin, it's the Romanian (from Romania).

Italian is not a pure living language, it's dying because there is no evolution.

Italian is the most melodic language in the world. It is rich in sound and keeps evolving with the times.. It inebriated the senses, if one appreciates poetry. Those of you who consider this most alluring, entrancing of the Romance languages mediocre, do not know what you are talking about. It is the language of love and romance... No other can compare. It is soft, not harsh... No guttural sounds. Do not be confused by the different dialects your ear picks up... Listen to the pure Italian... It will transport you to heaven on earth. Nonetheless, it is not an easy language to learn. Those who do not speak the language are under the impression that it is easy since every letter is pronounced as seen. It is the grammar that will trip you up. So many exceptions... Once you master the language, you will want to speak it as much as possible... Amore e ciao.

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.

I just can't stand this pompous sound. It's some kind of caricature of art. I only hate Spanish and English more.

4 Arabic

Arabic is my first language (although I'm better at English, to be honest), and reading some of these rude and hurtful comments, I feel like CRYING. They kept on saying how it's the language of terrorists and people who got to Hell, and these awful and mean stereotypes are so wrong...I don't know where to begin!
I'm only a little girl, but you people are making me feel that I'm so awful I should go commit suicide or be slaughtered or something! Yes, there are children who know this language! Yes, INNOCENT CHILDREN, and imagine how they'd react after reading this. I'm not kidding, saying this to someone about their language and religion will prompt them to kill themselves! I know this site is about sharing opinions, but not tarnishing others' beliefs! There are billions of Muslims out there, and VERY FEW are actually terrorists. I may be one, and even I am ashamed about what they done at 9/11! We Muslims would never, EVER dream of doing this and we hate the people who did those ...more

We better learn arabic because it is going to be the new european language - leway

Yes there are Muslim terrorists, but most and I mean MOST Muslims are wonderful people. Don't let your racism spread to the kids. When a Muslim commits a terrorist attack, I do not immediately think: "Oh, it's the terrorist Muslims again, because when ever there is a school shooting in the U.S, I do not immediately think that the school shooting (which in the U.S are done by predominantly Straight White Males)"Oh, It's the disgusting Straight White Males." ". Because Arabs, Straight White Men, and most of the people Rest of the World, are wonderful people. Let's stop identity politics, because they are driving the world into a hole it cannot pull its head out of, a dirty toxic hole.

It's sounding so harsh and horrible. Even worse is that it created Maltese. Wish this language was wiped out of history!

I mean the language just sounds terrible, as Hebrew does... The people who dislike the language, because "it is the language of terrorists" can show us their ignorance only, nothing more.

5 American English

We literally have an inappropriate or rude word starting with every letter in the alphabet.

If this wasn't in the list, I would have put it myself... - Althemaster

There's a particular American English dialect I find revolting. It's called Redneck American English, and is particularly prevalent in the Appalachian Mountains, but it established child colonies in places as far away as Texas and other parts of the South. If there's a nasal twang when you're speaking to an American, it's Redneck American English.

The English language has had many remakes but this is no where near the worst - Unnamed Google User Remade

6 Old English

Let's get something straight. Old English does NOT mean Shakespeare English or King James Bible English. Shakespeare could not understand Old English. The term "Old English" does NOT mean "English that is old"; it refers to the language that English originated from, which is often called "Anglo-Saxon", as it was spoken by the Angles and the Saxons. Shakespeare spoke early modern English, which was spoken many hundreds of years after Old English had died. If you want to see Old English, Google an untranslated version of Beowulf.

Please educate yourselves.

Haha shakespeare isn't old English! He transformed the English language! You should read works by christopher marlowe who wrote dr faustus, who was a peer and rival of shakespeare. both lived at the same time but wrote in completely different ways. Now marlowe is old English. shakespeare invented over 2000 words including crocodile! In fact tolkein who was a professor of anglo saxon at oxford hated shakespeare because he thought he ruined the English language.

The words are so odd and different that everyone just guesses whats going on. - ozzydog12

When I was in 9th grade, my class had to translate Romeo and Juliet into normal English. I normally make As, but the only reason why I passed is because I got help. Only then did I realize that Shakespeare's style was incredibly stupid. Romeo and Juliet was the worst idea ever!

7 German

German is not a bad language. It is just harsh and loud. I think that it is a beautiful language if you actually listen to it.

Actually, it's also a quick and hard to catch on. And you have a point. - TheRegular1227

I'm German, but I was born overseas so I don't speak it well.
If you don't like the sound of it, or think it's too hard to learn... Nothing wrong with that.

But there is so much racism in the comments! The comments for the Arabic language is bad too. Germans aren't nazis, and Arabic people aren't terrorists. Grow up.

Der die das dem den des ETC etc etc... Need I say more. You have to plan for an hour in advance what you're going to say and hope that you get even 1/3 of it right to be understood.. And all that planning ahead (in your head) is just for 1 sentence. God forbid you want to strike up a conversation. I mean come on. And then the words are all contorted in the sentence and you don't know where they go, why, and what they put them there for... ARG!

Well I can't speak it and for your info I think it sounds pretty cool... Sorry. But I actually might want to learn it HOW HARD IS IT

Well, it was hard enough for Mark Twain to say that "A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language it is." - Arkadios200

8 French

It's an awesome language, I like speaking it, but, oh my God, it's so hard to make sentences and stuff out of it. Like, when I need to make a sentence up, first I gotta get the right words. In English, that's usually enough. But no, no! Not French! Then, I have to remember all the genders of the nouns. Luckily, there's a general pattern for French noun genders. Anything ending in -e is likely to be female. All else, male. Then I gotta figure out if 'le' or 'de' or 'la' or 'les' or 'des' is the right word to use before nouns. Then I have to make sure I'm sounding the words out right, because you have to distinctly pronounce the last letter of the word before a word that starts with a vowel. You'd think then you can start speaking, right? Nope! Then I gotta make sure I know to silence the right last letters. You almost never pronounce 's,' 't,' 'p,' or 'd' at the end of words. Except in 'basket' or 'foot' or some other stuff. Then I gotta put my adjectives in the right place. Adjectives ...more - Arkadios200

There are words in French that do not translate into any other language that explicitly express situation of love. For example. Retrouvailles: 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.

The language... It sounds beautiful. I can give it that much. However, French is a fantastic case of form over function; it's a mess of inconsistent grammar, obtuse verb conjugation, and impenetrable phrasing. It's made even worse by the drunken sound of the language. While the syllables elegantly flow into one another, so do words and entire sentences! If you wish to learn French, then you may want to consider a lobotomy.

I like French language because it sounds very good and fantastic.

This language is dumb. Might be great for "Poetry's and articles" and that dramatic stuff. But it's functionality? ITS TERRIBLE. Bro trust me, try to learn something in French (like physics, or maths) and you will realize it's completely dumb. I'm sad that I'm learning such subjects in this stupid language. Like how do you expect me to grow up when EVERYTHING IS IN English. To all who say that French is the world's language (as I see some uneducated fools bragging with that) Get here. You must be living under a rock. Start by the world's popular business, "Technology" Did you see any "French" invention? No, just no. They have nothing. Absolutely nothing. (Then stupid poetry, and some little inventions in the medicine field) why the hell do you waste your time learning it then? Look if you want to learn it for business reasons. Don't EVER DO THAT TERRIBLE MISTAKE ON YOUR LIFE. And put your valuable time on mastering English. (Especially British English. ...more

9 Latin

Soulless and dead language. I took a class back in high school and kicked it after roughly a month. I don't get people who want to learn it in high school instead of Spanish or French, especially for reasons like "it's logical" or "it's the mother of all languages". If you don't intend to study history or medicine it's absolutely pointless.

4 out of 5 words in English wouldn't exist without latin so stop being lame and look it yo latin may be gone but its left a TON of word in English

How can a language be ugly?
It's like calling a number ugly
"6 is ugle ahahaa"
Shut up.

Latin is so beautiful! Spanish is my first language and it comes from Latin.

10 Tamil

Tamil is really an annoying language, I can't stand 10 seconds of someone speaking it.

Tamil is unpleasant to the ear. It is not a language one can easily relate to. Most Tamil people now speak slang which is a terrible adulteration of a language - often with swear words spoken in bad taste. Many literary works in Tamil have been recognised and taught in Indian schools today, unfortunately not the same quality exists today. Tamil movie songs sound like noise. Being half Tamil myself I feel embarrassed when a Tamil person speaks of Tamil as though no other language exists in this world. People from tamilnadu must be more welcoming to other Indian states and stop being narrow minded.

Just disgusting. It sounds like someone's bashing a drum really hard for no reason and talking really fast, but what they're saying is unintelligible. It's probably the worst language phonetically.

Quite frankly, the harshest sounding language in the world. The Tamil language is an abomination to all other spoken languages in the world. A dog howling at the moon or a donkey braying sounds musical compared to listening to Tamil

The Contenders

11 Korean

I think Korean sounds annoying, it seems harsh and masculine. I hate how they drag the vowels; a's, o's and e's. It's so hard to listen to K-pop can hardly make out each word, the words don't have an individual sound its like strung together.

Korean writing system is very easy to learn. It is brilliant. Korean as a spoken language isn't tonal like Chinese so that makes it much easier than Chinese. The fact that Korea has very high literacy says something about Korean being a good language. Korean is pleasant to listen to.

The problem I have had learning Korean is just me. For some reason I have trouble with it.

Not only does Korean look alien, it sounds horrible. In contrast to Japanese, which sounds and looks smooth and natural, Korean sounds and looks robotic and soulless. It looks nothing like a language from our planet. Why isn't this at the top?

THEY HAVE TOO MUCH VOCAL! (i.E. eo, ee, eu)
who ever studies korean must be crazy

Dude, we're not crazy actually, I've studied 5 languages plus Korean right now and it wasn't a headache - EmilyEgberts

12 Hungarian

The best word to describe Hungarian is gurgling, but not the pleasant river-like gurgling -more like the kind of a sound you'd hear a frog make before choking on its own saliva. The language also has an annoying, whining tone to it, and that makes it sound like the people speaking it would be constantly complaining. Hungarian speakers tend to spit a lot while speaking too, and that's really not a miracle considering all the frog-like croaks they have to produce all day long. Hungarian is a lot worse than Finnish or Korean or the other languages rated higher on this list - just try sitting in a bus full of gurgling and whining Hungarian speakers, and see if you come back sane.

Hungarian is one of the most beautiful languages in the world... And for the Hungarian, it is the most beautiful of all languages... Sad to see a lack of civility and common courtesy on this post...

Whether it is or isn't beautiful I don't know.
Hard to learn for sure, just like maths.

But it's one of the most logical languages out there, which can assimilate and conjugate any word even foreign ones. Good, clean grammar with little to no exceptions. It pronounces letters differently which doesn't help the foreigners who try to learn it.
It is praised by foreign linguists like; George Bernard Shaw, Ove Berglund and Jakob Grimm in case you don't believe me.
FYI: 90% of the bad reviews are coming directly from south of the Hungarian border. :^)

Sorry to say, but this language is one of the most weirdest I've ever heard

13 Mandarin

Chinese is already on the list and to the normal person, there is no difference between the two, when Chinese is actually 2-3 different languages and Mandarin is the "official" language of the country.
The grammar is actually common sense and is not hard to pick up on
The characters are near impossible and the tones are hard, but really, with practice it gets quite easy.

Didn't realize there's a specific Mandarin option. As mentioned in the Chinese option, it has terrible structure, no base letters to form words and very unrefined altogether. It sounds horrible to the ears as well.

Lol all of Chinese languages are super annoying.

ALL chinese dialects in any shapes and forms IRK me and when chinese speaks they ABSOLUTELY GRATE me! - JayKool

14 Swedish

It sounds like someone is having diarrhea and gargling glass shards at the same time.

Danish and Norwegian are way prettier

An ancient leftover from danish "colonial" time, swedes have developed the manly viking language to a something that sounds like a bad musical.. Their ancestors should be turning in their graves..

When swedes talk it sound like are gobbling out weird noises, GOD its hard to keep a covnersation going..

15 Vietnamese

The best word to describe Vietnamese is gurgling, but not the pleasant river-like gurgling -more like the kind of a sound you'd hear a frog make before choking on its own saliva. The language also has an annoying, whining tone to it, and that makes it sound like the people speaking it would be constantly complaining. Vietnamese speakers tend to spit a lot while speaking too, and that's really not a miracle considering all the frog-like croaks they have to produce all day long. Vietnamese is a lot worse than Finnish or Korean or the other languages rated higher on this list - just try sitting in a bus full of gurgling and whining Vietnamese speakers, and see if you come back sane.

I wonder why nobody hasn't voted for this language that makes extremely nasal sound. I tried so hard since there are so many Vietnamese around me but you know, a guy speaking in Vietnamese is the worst, in my personal opinion. I don't know about any structures or grammars of Vietnamese, so no offense about it. But the sound really is killing me.

Voters have obviously never heard Vietnamese

I recently reacted terribly towards the Vietnamese because of something this Vietnamese customer did to me at work. When I served this Vietnamese customer at work, he didn't even say a single 'hi'. He continued speaking Vietnamese on his mobile which totally pissed me off. But in hindsight I now see this guy lacking the common sense to simply put his mobile away and saying hi. Like how hard would it be to excuse himself to his chat buddy that he is being served so that he can return to his phone conversation a minute later. It's shown me that manners matter a lot. If you act badly in public, it just becomes so much easier for people to form prejudices or judgements against your race no matter how inaccurate it might be. - Veraliprincess

16 Dutch

It is the most ugly and stupid language,very stupid structure and ugly to hear

Honestly sounds somebody shoving a potato down your throat. There's just too much throat involved.

I cannot consider a conservation in this language serious. In addition to seemingly consisting mainly in gargling, this incredibly ridiculous mixture of English and German wizardrously manages to make any person sound like a drunk elk.

As a dutch speaker, compared to other languages I know, I find it simple and rather unimaginative. Like the dutch cuisine, it reflects their peoples tendency towards frugality.

17 Klingon

To those who learn Klingon, please pour your time and energy into learning a real language. You could learn French and speak with a huge percentage of the world. You could learn Koine Greek and read the New Testament. You could learn Mandarin and impress everyone as you read the decorative characters at the Chinese restaurant. However, you are learning Klingon. Congratulations, you can talk to a few Star Trek geeks and nobody will understand you.

Usefulness does not determine if a language is good or not. If that's the case where's high valyrian? - darthvadern

This made me laugh out loud

I agree that it is not a real language and why do people speak Klingon if it is not real

18 Punjabi

Punjabi is hilarious and an awesome language! By the way, WHO THE HELL started this list. None of the languages are ugly or "THE WORST". Every language is beautiful in their own way. Every language has its own swear words. Every language is written gracefully. Every language has beauty and grace. Every language is spoken by us. I am realyy disappointed in humanity. We have that much narrow brains to go on making a list about the worst languages in the world. As if there wasn't sadness and violence and hatred in this world already. Stop trying to make more hatred and violence and sadness. Alright?!

Think it the one of the worst and most annoying languages in the world because sounds they no words just mumbling

I'm a punjabi and it's not annoying language specially abusing someone in punjabi has its own fun.

The dirtiest swear words in the world.

19 Polish

One of the coolest sounding language out there!

I personally think Polish sounds beautiful. A lot of the sounds fit well.

I'm from poland and I can say that it is the hardest, and English in my opinion is the easiest

This is the worst language ever. Has no pros and only cons. It sounds very harsh and ugly, unlike Russian. It is not structured or organized well, like German or English. It is very sloppy and poorly organized. I do not know why anyone would want to speak it.

20 Bulgarian

A copy of Chinese language

Bulgarian and Chinese are two completely different languages - BorisRule

You now try to steal Bulgarian language too. Good job my brainwashed slavo-Bulgarian friends.

Bulgarian should not even be a language. It is your basic Slav language that became simple due to Greek and Tatar/Turk influences. So it became more simple because too many people that these Slavs absorbed can't speak the proper Slavic language so this is now Bulgarian.

Bulgarians are speaking a Macedonian dialect

21 Spanish

Really easy at first, but very difficult as you progress to higher levels. Too much idioms, impossible to learn as a foreigner. 14 tenses, some of them really useless. Almost impossible for a foreigner to understand natives speaking due to high speed and sound variance. The most deceiving language in the world: seems easy to learn, but it is almost impossible to advance after the first easy steps. A total waste of time.

Spanish seems to be my least favorite foreign language because I didn't even takes Spanish class back in high school.

You people are so retarded. This list is retarded.

The grammar is excessively formal (according to some, answering a question with just "si" or "no" is dismissive or rude), words tend to be long, word genders convey no information, sounds are limited (I suspect rolling Rs is to make up for how few sounds are used in the language) and prepositions are vague ("en" means "in" and "on". If you were considering taking Spanish, consider Latin instead, then you'll be able to get around any Romance language.

Unnecessarily complex, with feminine or masculine tones used for inanimate objects (what? ). Far too many conjugations for simple sentences, and has no redeeming value as a language whatsoever. The Spanish culture, as well, is uninteresting. There is almost no incentive to learn it unless you want to move to Spain or be a translator.

22 Urdu

Urdu is not a bad language it was inspired from Sanskrit hindi, farsi and Arabic in the era of mughal empires they started speaking in urdu that's all

The language which sounds decent, looks decent and is spoken decently.

Urdu is so hard specially the fact it is necessary in pakistan schooling system

Urdu is not a copy of Arabic idiots! Pushto is what the terrorist in Pakistan speak idiots! Urdu is just like Hindi, a beautiful language

Well said. It isn't even related to Arabic; it just has many loanwords.

23 Slovak

This is beautiful language. YOU! YOU TWO! TAKE BACK WHAT YOU SAID! YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT SLOVAK LANGUAGE! (stupid people, they don't know, what they are doing)

Worst language ever

Between czech, without the singing and super terrible accent in any other attempted language - and polish, without the "shshshshshsh"

I'm slovak and this language is hard for me enough! :D

24 African American Vernacular English

I love black culture, but damn, this accent/dialect is really annoying and unintelligible, fortunatelly not every black speak like that.

They definitely destroyed the English language

This is barely a language. It's like saying American English and British English are two different languages, they are not. Anyone who speaks any kind of English can understand American English, British English, AAVE. They are all one language, English. You don't take classes for AAVE. This "language" is mostly glorified by social justice warriors on tumblr who will defend anything that black people do or say even if some black person starts killing every living thing in sight (yes, social justice warriors are "against" racism by allowing dark skinned people get away with anything while shaming the light skinned for existing. No one that I know likes social justice warriors). I am not against black people, almost all that I know are completely normal people. AND NONE OF THEM THAT I KNOW SPEAK THIS "LANGUAGE".

How did the African-American dialect not get mentioned even though American English came in at number 2? By far the worst dialect in the world - it's an insult to the language.

25 Turkish

Seeing turkish language in place 25 means that the list is quite random or that most of the world propably don't have listen to turkish too many times. It seems like most people say chinese or american or hindi mostly because its more popular or cause they have chinese or indians in their countries or listen to them in the internet. But seriously for someone like me who have listened to turkish too many times I swear it the most dispicable annoying language ever. When I listen I just wonder how on earth can anyone come up with such words period :@

It sounds terrible and it is full of french words written in a turkish way and pronounced totally wrong LOL.. it definitely should be in the top 3

Turkish is the most interesting language I've ever heard. Sounds like they always say same words.

Ugliest language I've ever heard. Hurts my eyes.

26 Gaelic

This language is died yet you are forced to learn it for no important reason. Literally no one speaks this (there are tiny minorities in north donegal and west Galway), yet in order to uptake important jobs such as primary school teaching, being a guard (police officer), being a lawyer and becoming a politician you are expected to be near fluent. Outrageous.

Irish is a good language for Irish speakers as it gives them a sense of nationality but it is pretty useless if you don’t live in a Gaeltacht

Ugly, useless language that is forced on children by a state and government with a misplaced inferiority complex and sense of nationalism.

It's outrageous how what is spelt is not how it sounds. Who invented Gaelic spelling?

27 Russian

I speak Russian and love it. Everyone has their own opinions. Yes, Russian is a hard language, but like every other one, it is beautiful in its own way.

Guttural and gruff difficult language. But they have so much sadness and brutality in their culture I am sure it can express a deep sense of sadness.

Russians are great people so you have to like their language. It fits the Russian personality very well. Its tough yet it can also be pretty. Its complicated like a Russian.

Many literature masterpieces are written in Russian. It's a complicated language (with all those 6 cases, different endings and genders) but it's mot as hard as those crazy Asian languages. I love Russian language!

28 Danish

It's so ugly. It sounds like their just saying random Words while puking. I can't listen to it without laughing. It also sounds like a Swedish man is trying to speak norwegian while he is drunk. The vikings in that region must have been really busy so they didn't have time to talk properly and use real-sounding Words.

When I hear someone speak Danish it sounds like they have something stuck in their throat

It sounds like a drunk Chinese guy trying to do a Swedish accent while speaking German and choking on a potato.

There's a reason why most Danes know English.

29 Cantonese

Ironically for a Singaporean whose Chinese dialect is Cantonese, I absolutely despise how Cantonese sounds. Mandarin sounds ok, it's not that great but not awful in my opinion, but Cantonese, ugh, it's so horrible. No offence to anyone but it sounds very harsh on my ears. The Cantonese version of my Chinese name sounds absolutely hideous and I hate it so much, I dare say it should end up on a list of most awful names. I have nothing against Hong Kong or the people there but I never want to visit HK again for the rest of my life because I can't stand how Cantonese sounds. I don't mean to offend anyone but I just can't stand Cantonese. I read on another website that even some Mandarin-speakers hate Cantonese for how it sounds.

Pak Pak Pak Kak Kak Kak Pak Pak! Yes! That is what I have heard.

That's actually (I mean it this time, trust me) onomatopoeia for pleasuring oneself... Where have you been - IRllyNeedALife

Everything but the Hong Kong - EmilyEgberts

Myself a hongkonger but the slangs are a bit weird... - MChkflaguard_Yt

30 Finnish

Finnish is a really hard language to learn. Finland is a good place to live, but at luck, you also speak Swedish in Finland and Swedish is much easier and nicer.

So far, Finnish is one of the harshest and most powerful languages that I've ever learned. It's my first language and I'm still struggling with it.

Finnish grammar is undoubtedly very hard to master, but the pronunciation and spelling is so logical and without any exception that it's actually possible to spell everything correctly even if you hardly understand a word of what you're writing down. I love it!

One of the most modern and advanced languages in the world. No fin doesn't misunderstand one and other. It's very hard to learn and even harder to master and the benefits for knowing it are minor, because Finnish language isn't influential on world-wide scale. And also Finnish culture is not rich compared to other countries in the world. Only good thing is that Finland is very good place to live in.

31 Tagalog

I'm Filipino and my first language I've ever learned is English
but I'll never learn Tagalog for the rest of my life
when I see or hear in Tagalog, I BECOME EXTREMELY ANNOYED AND UBSET,

Language that is okay:


I am learning a bit of Japanese
so in the future I'm gonna work in Japan and live in this place for the rest of my life

I'm sorry for an angry vote is because I disliked Tagalog

Easily the undisputed champ of horrendous sounding languages. I don't even know where to start. everything sounds like bing bang bong. every time I hear this language it just annoys me. there is no way I can ever get accustomed to hearing this language. if I were married to a filipino woman I would have to kill myself having to deal with listening to this language that sounds like constant bickering.

Tagalog is STUPID and every1 want to speak tagalog to me just to mock me especially my brother. I want to get out of this country and stop hearing is godamn crap language. I don't care if in half filipino or not I just hate the language. I'm SICK OF IT! I don't understand why it has to sound like this. My friends get what they want which is no hearing tagalog. I also wish the same but I keep hearing it.


Yes I agree 100% Tagalog is very annoying to listen to. Why was this chosen to be the national language of the Philippines. When there are other languages spoken in the Philippines that sounds so much better & pleasing to your ears than Tagalog.

32 Serbian

It is such a boring language to listen to! (I may be Albanian but that is not my reason of hating this language) Serbian is like a wannabe Russian, it is just so hard to listen to!

Oh my god 50% of this language consists of swearwords or swearing sentences. They have 2 or three different words for "f***". And while serbs try to imitate Russians, bosnians just fill up the language with even more swear words and phrases...

I am from Slovenia and with Serbians we are been n Yugoslavia and Serbian language is really funny. Croatian is funny too.

The only Serbian anyone knows is Novak Djokovic, and he sounds like he never learned Serbian. - Arkadios200

33 Albanian

Although a very nice way to insult someone..every word sounds like insult. By the way is not the most old language in europe, how can that be? I study archaeology, so I know that greek language is the most old in europe and the oldest living language so far by the first written accounts.

I've been studying the new and old albanian, they sound interesting and a lot different and the new one is hard to learn but awesome if you know to speak it fluently.

Ugliest languages in the world

"Car" means "phallus" in Albanian. I don't like having to censor my vehicle's name... Just kidding, but it's so obscure that I can't imagine why someone would use it. - Arkadios200

34 Japanese

Japanese is regarded to be one of the most mellifluous sounding languages in the world. The words flow easily, the intonation is gentle, and it sounds beautiful overall. It's definitely not one of those languages with harsh sounding pronunciation and loud, choppy words. I agree that Japanese is pretty useless to learn if you don't live in Japan or aren't doing business with a Japanese company- but that doesn't make the language itself bad.

By the way: To someone below who said that if you're black, you'll face a lot of racism- it's the same for any foreigner. If you're not Japanese, you're not one of them. There are racists, of course, but for the most part they will regard foreigners with a cautious fascination, but that's not intended to be a bad thing at all. It can come off as rude or xenophobic, but remember that Japan was isolated for thousands of years. It's a very much homogenous culture and can not be compared to America, which is a melting pot of cultures.

Being a Chinese, I have to say there are many things in Japanese language come from Chinese, but IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT A COPY OF Chinese. There are many elements in a language about the culture of who says it, and east Asian culture though similar to each other, still many difference to go. Those slight differences can be easily felt by someone who lives here, but hardly for someone from Europe or somewhere else. So, don't speak on it a "copy" anymore if you haven't really got into the society please?

Most of these comments are either irrelevant or about girls who try to sound "cute" in Japanese, not the actual language. In case you haven't noticed, people of all cultures try to act obnoxiously cute- and many Japanese people are annoyed by these fake girls as well. And thank you to the poster below- anyone who thinks this is Chinese is completely wrong. The kanji characters are derived from China, but many are different or used in different ways. As for the language itself, Japanese is completely different from Chinese- which you would know, if you were halfway educated.

Japanese is a very beautiful language

35 Hawaiian

What( Why as W) does a state of America need their personalized language that is basically one word for every word, you're basically say aloha for everything! Really, it's stupid!

Hawaiin is beautiful! And for the other commentor complaining, Hawaii is an island that was colonised by America. It is a polynesian language with very little English influence.

36 Persian

This language is full of honour and graces, it's so beautiful and I really admit and like the accent that it has, calm. As I hear the others speak, one of my wishes is to learn this language one day, I've a big interest to it and one of my beloved language.

Really a beuatiful language and sweetest I have ever seen it is also decent and respect full language which always gives honour to listener like to say listener aga means master or sir

If you heard them all talking, Its just SO pretty, the words and all, One day, I want to investigate this language! - EmilyEgberts

This language should be one of the best not in this list.I think all people should learn this language to know how wonderful this language is

37 Hebrew

What a primitive language, it doesn't have any vowels, it doesn't have a WORD for vowel, it should have gone extinct a long time ago. I feel sorry for anyone who only speaks this language this whole life.

Imagine having to cleat your throat every time you want to speak.

It always sounds like they are getting ready to hock one at you. I have to make an effort not to cover my face when they are speaking near me. And I'm uncomfortable listening to it. Love the people, don't like the language.

Why can't they speak normally? They always have to shout obnoxiously.

38 Romanian

Beautiful language but very difficult

It's one of the most beatiful languages!

Sounds better than Italian.

One of the best languages on the planet

39 Chechen

What the hell is Chechen

Chechen is Russian dialect

40 British English

I can't stand those choppy accents and yes I agree that they are way too lazy to say the end of the word

Always reminds me of Harry Potter haha love it!

English/Irish rivalry. 6 counties.

The English sound so lazy when they speak. They cannot pronounce 'r' properly, yet they have all sorts of extra letters in their spelling? When I see dolor, I say dolor. When I see dolour, I want to say do-LOUR. Likewise for color. P.S. Squash is the name of the fruit; marrow is inside your bones.

41 Portuguese

Beautiful, full of richness, soul, and character compared to Spanish. No better language for poetry than European Portuguese, and no better language for music than the sexy Brazilian Portuguese. There is no better romance language to know today than Portuguese. It is spoken officially all over the world! Brazil has the 5th strongest economy in the world! Lots of people are now learning it as a 2nd language and rightly so.

I don't know why but I feel like punching in the face everyone who starts speaking portuguese next to me

This language is so Beautiful, and have so many different accents! I love it

This language irritates me a lot by way how it sounds.
It is something as any old man without teeth eats a soup and speaks together...
Too much soft words, lot of "sh.. ", "ny.. ", "jy" and so on. Spanish is on similar base but sounds normal.

42 Thai

It is very annoying when I have to hear Thai. The language only fits girl, I can't hear a man talking this. Its so feminine.. I love thai foods but if I have to hear how they spoke to each other, I have to hold the urge of closing my ears.

Its all sound to me.. 'Pang cong rong kaa.. Sa rong sang ka' all these 'Kaa' is oh my god... Not for me

Oh my god it's difficult to learn. It's also a tonal language and for some reason it's just really hard for me to master the pronunciation which is usually my strong suit. I always get compliments for my English, German, Finnish and Spanish. But my Thai is just awful. It just doesn't roll off my tongue the way Germanic languages do.

I can understand if people from Europe and America don't like Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, maybe they're not used to the way Asian languages pronounce. I can tell the differences and those three languages are beautiful in different ways to me. But as an Asian, I can't even stand Thai, a LOT of my Asian friends from different countries agree with me. I tried to watch Thai drama, but gave up because of their language. It's just so annoying to me ears.

You know you cannot take a language seriously when you are supposed to finish the sentence with the word "crap" to make it more polite and animals are named after the noise they make (cat=maew)(cow=hwua). Because it is tonal, every word sounds the same and to pronounce the alien "noises" you have to reach into the very back of your throat like your retching. It's extremely annoying sounding on women who sound like squawking crows. On men it just sounds like they always have a mouthful of really hot food. Anytime a gaggle of Thai women start squawking at each other it's really difficult to resist the urge not to run away and lay down in a dark room.

43 Welsh

Most useless language I've ever learnt, it only beneficial for a cultural reason not for a practical reason. Even my Welsh teacher is so stupid when I asked "What is the oldest language in the world? " she replied back saying "it's Welsh" and I said "but I thought it was hebrew/or any other semetic language" then she replied back with "no, it's Welsh! ", I just don't get the ignorance of Welsh teachers or speakers in general, they need to accept that Welsh language has no relevance in society and need to move on. by the way I once got an E in my GCSE Welsh exam but I honestly didn't care.

I can only assume that this idea of annoying languages has been started by an English speaking person. No other human being would do this. Although English is not annoying as a language, the majority of English people, due to their ignorance, are extremely annoying.

Sounds like a robot having a seizure

I live in Wales my god! This language is awful then someone speaks this language in sounds like somebody chork and spitting at the same time and the poor children in school to speak this rubbish no wonder why the English taught us will English of course.

44 Swahili

You put a silent qz at the end of most sentences
Then you find that you don't pronounce most of the word for example the word for monkey is huytipuiq. Yes, it looks impossible to say you pronounce it: hway-tiki-wa-ik

First of all, the letter q does not exist in the Swahili alphabet. A Monkey in Swahili is called nyani. The word 'huytipuiq' is a figure of your imagination. Do your research before writing nonsense.

Beautiful language

45 Georgian

Georgian is one of the unique and ancient with its written language. In the World exists only 14 written language and one of them is Georgian while in the world exists over 200 countries. Even more, Georgia has 3 type of alphabet. Beautiful language or not for you it is up to you, taste differ but it is unique for sure and no similarities with Turkish or Russian languages.

I do not find Georgian ugly or beautiful, it is definitely very unique and their writing is beautiful

The script is beautiful and language sounds great

This language is totally STUPID

46 Esperanto

Horrible and useless language which isn't attached to the culture of a country, so it doesn't even give you something interesting to explore.

There isn't a reason to learn this, someone said to become a polyglot, why do you want to become a polyglot? just to brag about it?

Learn a language which is going to be useful to you, otherwise don't bother, languages give you stress, toil and headaches, on top of that you need to maintain the languages you've learned so it is a life process, you don't want to expend your life maintaining a useless language just to be a polyglot.

I have never heard it, but since it is mainly based on Romance languages, which sound musical, I postulate that this language also sounds musical.

Also, "Esparanto" means "one who hopes" in this language. The language is called Esperanto because the person who created it signed it "Doctor Esperanto". So now, everyone mistakenly calls the language "one who hopes".

Esperanto is a little ugly, but it has simplified grammar with no exceptions (although some phrases have double meaning), and is a great tool for learning other romance, germanic, or slavic languages! It is a great second language. If you want to be a polyglot, learn this language as a gateway.

Esperanto is just a dialect of Klingon.

47 Dzongkha

Love it

48 Basque

First, it's not a latin language, it's a language isolate. And it's toughest grammar makes it very hard to learn. Very terrible.

It's a language isolate.

Worst latin language. Sounds like a Spanish/French hybrid, with an awkward accent

49 Kurmish
50 Czech

It's really hard I think, because they have a lot of rules... And also I am from Czech Republic.

Thank you, guys, I am living in the Czech republic and I still I had to learn that I actually don't understand other Czechs from you. You can always learn new things, I guess?

Highly influenced with ugly German pronunciation makes it sound sissy-like. Grammar was never standardized so Czechs have a hard time understanding each other.

Abcdefghujklmnopqrstuvwy now I know my abcs next time wont you sing with me

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