English spelling and grammar have so many exceptions to the rules that non-native speakers can struggle to remember them all. Memorization of irregular verbs and irregular spellings are the best solution, which only comes with practice and repeated exposure to the language.
What makes this all difficult, for some non-native speakers, is that, unlike many other languages, English no longer has much of a case system where speakers can clearly mark who's the recipient and what's getting transferred. This has been lost during the development of English over the last 1,500 years.
The English language is widely regarded as one of the most difficult to master. Because of its unpredictable spelling and challenging to learn grammar, it is challenging for both learners and native speakers.
Many non-native English speakers, teachers and students alike, have difficulties with speaking two languages due to translating. Some multilingual people struggle with balancing their use of multiple languages and prioritize one language over another.
Languages included in the institute's easiest category are Danish, French, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. And languages in the hardest category are Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese.
To sum up, Japanese and English are quite different. However, no language is really harder than any other language.
1. Mandarin Chinese. Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons.
'Americans speak slower,' the 21-year-old said. 'British English is a lot quicker and much more aggressive. ' However, both agree English does not sound similar to any other language – despite it belonging to the same family as German, Dutch and Afrikaans.
The Netherlands has emerged as the nation with the highest English language proficiency, according to the EF English Proficiency Index, with a score of 72. It is ahead of five other northern European nations at the top of the chart. In fact, the only non-European nation in the top ten is Singapore at number six.
The language features grammatical rules that are often broken, an alphabet that can confuse people who are used to a character-based system, and spelling and pronunciation irregularities that perplex even native speakers.
Despite these difficulties, English is actually the easiest language in the world to learn. You may think I'm crazy for saying this but allow me to explain. Unlike other languages, English has no cases, no gender, no word agreement, and arguably has a simple grammar system.
Spanish. Social media informalIy tells me there's an overwhelming consensus: English is WAY harder for Spanish-speakers to learn.
So which destination holds the most fluent non-native English speakers? According to a new report by international education company by EF Education First, the Netherlands can lay claim to the best non-native English speakers across the globe.
No, in fact very few native speakers of any language know all the words of their language. Take the test now: open a monolingual dictionary in your native language at any page. Start reading through the words and highlight all the words you don't know.
Despite being the world's lingua franca, English is the most difficult European language to learn to read. Children learning other languages master the basic elements of literacy within a year, but British kids take two-and-a-half years to reach the same point.
English is not boring in itself but it is boring compared to other languages which are more remote from your language family. English is interesting for a Japanese or Chinese speaker, not so interesting for a Dutch speaker for instance.
The closest language to English is one called Frisian, which is a Germanic language spoken by a small population of about 480,000 people. There are three separate dialects of the language, and it's only spoken at the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.
Yes, but considering how soft Danish sounds, English would sound masculine. >> "Compared with most other languages, English has many sibilant sounds. One French lady said that English speakers always sound like snakes hissing."
If a message circulating on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook is to be believed, Bengali has been voted the sweetest language in the world. Conducted by Unesco, the vote ranks Spanish and Dutch as the second and third sweetest tongues respectively.
The short answer: Korean is not too difficult. But nor is Korean “easy”. On a difficulty scale, I'd say the difficulty of Korean is 4/5 or “Moderately Difficult” — harder to get to fluency for an English speaker than French or German, but easier than Chinese or Arabic.