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Although Hungary is a European country, its language has very little resemblance to its neighbors. Grammar, tone, vocabulary, and sentence structure are all completely different. Hungarian words derive most of their meaning from various endings, making them very difficult to learn. Each word can have over 26 cases or conjugations. Other challenging elements of Hungarian include different word order, high number of vowels, and its guttural tone. On average it takes a native Hungarian 16 years to become fluent.