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Chinese is not the hardest language after all

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A study of language difficulties shows that Chinese only ranks in the 5th category of “Fairly Hard” as opposed to the “Extremely Hard” Polish language and Hungarian in the 2nd category of “Very Hard.”


I completely agree that Chinese is not that difficult; the most challenging thing is the infinite amount of characters and lack of an alphabet. However, the article states that when comparing Chinese intonation and Polish pronunciation that the Chinese tones are not as difficult, I declare completely false.


Having learned some Polish and a lot of Chinese, Polish pronunciation is very easy once you learn the rules whereas Chinese intonations are still extremely difficult for me after years of studying.


Some of my Polish couch surfers also explained the me that Polish grammar is extremely complex and that the average teenager is fluent in English by high school, but the average Pole is not because of the grammar. I'm no grammar expert, but she attempted to explain it to me and I was just completely confused. Chinese grammar on the other hand is rather easy even in comparison to English. 


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Reply Report Maierwei 2014-6-8 23:46
jiewei798: I disagree. I think this study fairly evaluates all languages despite being written in English. You may argue the validity of using access as a variab ...
alright... you dont have to agree ^^ but the lack of conjugation was the hardest thing for me in english, because it may be easier to understand but harder to make sentences, because i felt the lack of suffixes as determiners.

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  • Chinese is not the hardest language after all 2014-6-8 23:46

    jiewei798: I disagree. I think this study fairly evaluates all languages despite being written in English. You may argue the validity of using access as a variab ...
    alright... you dont have to agree ^^ but the lack of conjugation was the hardest thing for me in english, because it may be easier to understand but harder to make sentences, because i felt the lack of suffixes as determiners.

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