There’s a lot of debate about which language is the most difficult to learn. Plus, those that are difficult to pick up are usually tough for entirely different reasons. For instance, tonal languages—where the pitch of your voice can change the meaning of a word—are notoriously challenging and difficult. Other languages are difficult because the writing style is so different: writing/reading right-to-left, using characters, etc. Then, there are languages that have either incredibly rigid or extremely loose rules for grammar. If a language has one, two, or all three of those hurdles, it can get frustrating and be considered hard to learn.
Generally, if you’re an English speaker with no exposure to other languages, here are some of the most challenging and difficult languages to learn:
Here’s the good news; when you’re excited to learn a new language , even the hardest ones can simply seem fun. And the sense of accomplishment that comes with taking on the challenge—and overcoming it—is invaluable.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. What makes this approach effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So, it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.
Learning a language can be an experience that transforms your life. Not only does it open you to a world full of both professional and personal possibilities, but it also expands your thinking and can prime your confidence. As technology like the internet shrinks our world and we become members of a global community, the ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed.
Perhaps you’ve hesitated to learn a new language because you’re worried about the time commitment. Or maybe you’ve heard it’s more difficult to learn a language as an adult, especially if the language is considered a hard one to learn. Set these common misconceptions about learning languages aside, because research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice—building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning.
Developing the skills for accurate pronunciation is a critical step in learning a new language, no matter how hard or difficult the perception may be. Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation right in a snap with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. TruAccent compares your voice to native and non-native speakers—in real-time—so you get the feedback you need for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak a new language.
After beginners have acquired basic words and proper pronunciation , it will be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way—teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood with confidence.
There are many ways to learn to speak a new language, however practice is essential in any method you use, and particularly important with a hard or difficult language. While you may learn some basics by setting aside just a few minutes each day, being confident enough to have conversations in a different language may take longer depending on how much time you have to devote to study and practice .
Here’s how you might incorporate language learning into your daily routine.
Searching online and finding a few phrases isn’t too difficult, but is not a particularly effective method for learning to speak a new language confidently. There is also no feedback on your pronunciation so you may struggle to be understood by native speakers.
Language learning programs such as Rosetta Stone’s award-winning mobile app and software are designed to teach you a new language through immersive methods that combine audio and visual cues with vocabulary acquisition for contextualized learning. And with the Rosetta Stone mobile app, you can learn a new language anytime, anywhere with a program that syncs across devices, no matter how hard you may think it will be.
Learning your new language in a classroom is a traditional approach to language learning. However, there is a large time commitment and frequently significant cost. Online learning programs offer ease of engagement and consistency at a fraction of the cost.
Immersing yourself in a language is one of the best ways to accelerate your understanding. This is particularly helpful in a difficult language to learn. Find a podcast if possible, and listen to it in the car on your commute to your job. Hearing the pronunciations and being exposed to the cultural nuances can help you pick up a difficult language more quickly even if you don’t understand all that is being said.
One of the best ways to get a deeper understanding of the language and receive plenty of practice with having conversations is to partner up with someone. It may be hard to find someone if you are choosing a difficult language to learn. But Rosetta Stone has an online community of language learners enabling you to find other speakers to practice with and a new world of conversational opportunities.
If you follow our program, and continue with the discipline of your daily practice, you’ll be speaking a new language like a native in no time.
Surround yourself with a language whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.