There are plenty of languages that are easy to learn: English, Spanish, Italian. What you need is a major challenge, a very difficult language to master, a real challenge for the seasoned polyglot that you are. That’s good, we found the ten most difficult dialects to learn, the best for language pros.
Bad luck, the most spoken language in the world is also the most difficult to learn. If grammatically, the language seems rudimentary, one quickly comes up against the difficulty of the tones (4 in Mandarin, up to 9 in Cantonese) and as soon as it is necessary to write, even in “simplified” characters, it is super hairy. Because there is a very precise order in which to trace this heritage of the shells of battered turtles and because all the best Chinese speakers you will meet continue to work all their lives, reproducing sinograms over and over again. Even the Chinese insults have level.
It’s one of the oldest languages (three millennia, anyway.) Needless to say, it has greatly evolved since Aristotle and it no longer resembles what we learn in class. You realized this last summer when you tried to haggle over a kebab in ancient Greek.
Literal Arabic is common to all the countries of the Arab World, from North Africa to the Middle East. Practice ? No, because it’s a written language, which no one speaks: each country has its own dialect, and each dialect its local variants. It’s a bit like thinking you could travel all over Europe talking Latin.
Icelandic is said to be very complex from a grammatical point of view. Why would you go and learn Icelandic, you say? Well, because it’s very useful for singing Björk in the shower (pfft, not even because she sings in English).
You know something about the complexity of Japanese, the differences between written and spoken and all the grammatical stuff to express politeness. Because of this adolescent craze for manga, you had to stick with the third language Japanese until the baccalaureate. Fortunately, only points above the average counted and you now understand all the Japanese insults.
The Finnish language has a very complicated grammar. No wonder you never got along with Santa Claus. Fortunately, we have selected the best Finnish expressions for you to have a little response.
Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache. That means that German is tense, between the declensions and the three genders (masculine, feminine, oyster). Moreover, we know since the fourth that it is reserved for the first of the class. Well, that was before Tokio Hotel.
The problem with Norwegian is that the guys never managed to agree on oral standards. As a result, everyone speaks their little dialect in their corner. At the same time, in a country with 14 inhabitants per square kilometer, the need to communicate with one’s neighbor is quite limited.
Danish is a difficult language to learn, mainly because it is not pronounced as it is written. At the same time, you had no plans to spend the summer in Denmark, let alone Greenland. So not speaking Danish shouldn’t be too much of a handicap.
Yes, you speak a difficult language. To be mentioned in your CV, therefore. And that’s not about to change, judging by pressure from the circumflex accent lobby during the last spelling reform.