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Hardest Languages to Learn for English Speakers

You may have struggled through Spanish or French in high school, but these languages introduce a whole new level of pain.

Hardest Languages to Learn for English Speakers

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Russian

Russian is eleventh hardest language at this list, uses a Cyrillic alphabet - made up of letters both familiar and unfamiliar to us. But speaker beware: some of the Cyrillic letters may look familiar but make a different sound than the Latin letter they resemble. For instance, "B" in the Cyrillic alphabet makes a "V" sound.

Grammatically, Russian is not as difficult as Polish but pretty darn close. Polish has seven cases, while Russian has six. Also, Russians omit the verb "to be" in the present tense, which can throw beginners for a loop when they try to form basic sentences. In Russian, "I am a student" would simply translate to "I student." Like Polish, Russian uses a lot of consonants clustered together, which makes spelling and pronunciation a challenge.

Despite its difficulty, Russian might be worth the extra effort to learn. It's an extremely politically and culturally relevant language, opening the door to numerous career and leisure opportunities.

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