English is pretty challenging. But it’s not the only contender for the World’s Most Difficult Language. Other notoriously tricky languages include Finnish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.
- Mandarin’s tone system, for instance, is famously tricky (but when you look at the ‘Emphasis’ section above, you’ll see that English can be just as bad!).
- Finnish is held to be difficult because of its numerous cases.
- Arabic because, among other things, its script has four different variations for each letter depending on where in the word it sits.
- Written Japanese differs from spoken Japanese, and there are three different writing systems – including 2,000 to 3,000 kanji characters that must be learned by heart.
It makes English sound easy in comparison!