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Many languages have been claimed to be the toughest one to learn. Here follow tencandidates for the title of "hardest language to learn," as released by the United NationsEducational Scientific and Cultural Organization. This list of 10 candidates includes anexplanation as of why they made this list. Read it and find out whether these languages areworth their "tough as nails" reputation.

Top 1: Chinese


Chinese forms one of the branches of the Sino-Tibetan language family and over one billionpeople can name it as their native language. The relationship between the spoken andwritten Chinese language is rather complex. Its written form has no clues as to how it isactually pronounced. The tone system also is a pain because there are many homophonesin Chinese only distinguishable by the four tones. Even this is often not enough unless theactual context and exact phrase are identified.
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Top 2: Greek

As an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, the Greek languagefeatures the longest and most documented history. It is spoken mainly across Greece andCyprus. Along its history, its syllabic structure has remained constant. It has a mixedsyllable structure, allowing for relatively complex combinations of sounds. In addition,Greek possesses an extensive set of productive derivational affixes and a rich inflectionalsystem.
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Top 3: Arabic

Arabic, belonging to the Afro-Asiatic language family, includes both the literary languageand varieties of Arabic spoken across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa.The language has a complex and unusual method in constructing words from a basic root.For instance, nouns in Literary Arabic have three grammatical cases, three numbers, twogenders and three "states."
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Top 4: Icelandic

Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is the main language of Iceland. Icelandic is hard tolearn because of its archaic vocabulary and complex grammar. Icelandic retains manygrammatical features of other ancient Germanic languages, and modern Icelandic is still aheavily inflected language.
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Top 5: Japanese

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken primarily in Japan. According to documents,Chinese had a considerable influence on the vocabulary and phonology of Old Japanese.Since 1945, it has borrowed a large number of words from English, especially vocabularyrelating to technology. One major reason which makes the language so hard to learn is thatthe written code is different from the spoken code. In addition, Japanese has an extensivegrammatical system to express politeness and formalities.
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Top 6: Finnish

As a language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland, Finnish is hard to learnfor its extremely complicated grammar and "endless derivative suffixes." Finnish employsextensive modifiers to verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and numerals, depending ontheir roles in the sentence.
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Top 7: German

As one of the world's major languages, German holds the largest number of nativespeakers within the European Union. It is a language which contains several standarddialects, both in its spoken and written forms. As an inflected language with threegrammatical genders, it has a large number of words deriving from the same root.
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