There is a heated debate here regarding, “what is the hardest language“. As Mr. Spock would say ‘fascinating’. However, one of my commenter left a particularly good comment and it supports my argument that Polish is by far the hardest language to learn. This language is a linguistic nightmare, it is even harder than Chinese or Japanese (which have very little grammar) or Arabic (which has only three baby cases).
Please consider the exhibit below. It is only one word, but contains many forms.
What are you kidding me? There are like over 100 forms, you can count them. This is one Polish word. It is the word ‘to read’. Every word in Polish must agree with the other words in the sentence, therefore, there are almost an infinite number of combinations in one sentence.
The pronunciation is very hard and people in this central European country speak very soft. I would say to learn the Polish language it is equivalent to learning several other European languages. This especially goes for English speakers.
The language can be studied and spoken but only if you have the right attitude. The right attitude is, you do not have to speak it perfectly to communicate, rather focus on vocabulary and you have to be patient.
Please add your comments about or your experiences with language learning and what you think are the determinate criteria for learning and language and the factors that make any language hard or easy to learn.