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

Chinese

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 pronunciation 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 ...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

Ha ha, except there are thousands of Chinese dialects and at least 2 major kinds of "Chinese" which are Mandarin and Cantonese, so which one you think is the worst? I think Cantonese sounds more harsh than Mandarin.

How stupid is it, because the content itself using English. If there is a similar website in China, the Worst Language can be English.

Hindi

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

Just don't like the way it sounds, but growing due to population.

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.

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).

Italian

English and Spanish pretty much rules the latin based languages, the other latin based just feel like a cheap rip off of spanish ngl

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.

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

I have met very nice Arabic speakers, they're very friendly as people. That said, sorry but I just dislike the way Arabic sounds.

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.

Its cool the way that they have their own slang and it is not a easy language to learn which makes it more interesting to speak, many movies use different languages which is what makes them cool and amazing to learn

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...

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.

Has no twist to it, yet very convenient as a second language for connecting with people worldwide, although not a nice language to have as a first language, its just bland.

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.

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."

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Tamil

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.

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

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

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.

The Contenders

Korean

it sounds annoying, imagine those korean celebrities doing a cringe cute face with cringe forceful high pitched korean, just ew

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?

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...

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

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. :^)

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!

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..

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.

Dutch

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

Bulgarian

A copy of Chinese language

Bulgarian and Chinese are two completely different languages

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

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.

Urdu

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

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

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.

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

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

Filipino

Sounds like a pack of hyenas over a kill. Extremely irritating to hear.

So, what's the different with Tagalog?

Worst lanaguage ever, specially in cruise ships

Hey uh foreigners haven't you learned that cooties is actually from the malan word kutu and actually English is really horrible because it has very very insulting words and Tagalog might seem like someone being attacked by a pack of laughingly hyenas but is actually beautiful if you understand it **** you Americans plus I am Filipino and how insulting is this well very insulting

African American Vernacular English

They definitely destroyed the English language

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

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.

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