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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-05 08:40 PM
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What's the hardest language you've ever tried to learn?
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I took a stab at Finnish once, and the fifteen or so noun cases scared the crap outta me. The hardest language I've had any success with is probably Irish Gaelic. The initial consonant mutations are governed my a million different rules, depending on gender, case, and other stuff (e.g. fuil: blood -> r bhfuil: our blood, but fuinneoig: window -> r funneoig: our window, 'cuz it's feminine), and the spelling system, though completely regular, is really confusing.

How's 'bout all y'alls?
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  -What's the hardest language you've ever tried to learn? ZombieNixon  Feb-11-05 08:40 PM   #0 
  - Hungarian!!!  Behind the Aegis   Feb-11-05 09:12 PM   #1 
  - Oh Hungarian ain't all that bad! IMHO  Ellen Forradalom   Feb-13-05 01:04 PM   #4 
     - May not be all that bad, but..  Behind the Aegis   Feb-13-05 05:56 PM   #7 
     - A decent book on the subject makes a big difference  Ellen Forradalom   Feb-13-05 08:54 PM   #8 
     - Magyarul...Hungarian  Ecumenist   Feb-17-06 08:49 PM   #33 
  - Latvian  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-11-05 10:21 PM   #2 
  - I took a year of Finnish in college  Dookus   Feb-12-05 07:44 PM   #3 
  - Polish  Ellen Forradalom   Feb-13-05 01:06 PM   #5 
  - Another language that, at least pronunciation-wise, would be freaky is  ZombieNixon   Feb-13-05 02:16 PM   #6 
  - Oh, I remember that one!  Ellen Forradalom   Feb-13-05 08:55 PM   #9 
  - Old English  Squeegee   Feb-15-05 06:49 PM   #10 
  - I think it's cool that you tried to learn that  Anarcho-Socialist   Feb-18-05 08:42 AM   #17 
  - Success is limited  Squeegee   Mar-15-05 12:07 PM   #23 
  - Same for me. And I'm pretty good with languages.  July   Mar-26-05 05:56 AM   #25 
  - I found Attic Greek harder than Anglo Saxon.  realpolitik   Apr-07-05 01:41 PM   #29 
  - Navajo  Astarho   Feb-15-05 07:48 PM   #11 
  - Oh, god. I'm working on my science fair project right now,  ZombieNixon   Feb-15-05 07:53 PM   #12 
  - Oh, I hadn't recalled that Navajo was tonal  gottaB   Feb-15-05 10:12 PM   #13 
  - Chichewa!  Behind the Aegis   Feb-18-05 02:23 AM   #15 
  - You must have good ears  gottaB   Feb-18-05 05:38 AM   #16 
  - When I was in grad school, I took a class in linguistic field methods, and  Lydia Leftcoast   Feb-18-05 06:29 PM   #18 
     - I'd love to read them!  Swamp Rat   Mar-12-05 04:09 PM   #20 
        - Unfortunately, my papers on Melanau perished  Lydia Leftcoast   Mar-13-05 07:28 PM   #22 
           - My heart pangs for you.  realpolitik   Apr-07-05 01:49 PM   #30 
              - And since I last posted in this thread I lost a large portion of my thesis  Swamp Rat   Sep-15-06 12:49 AM   #37 
  - The Bantu languages are cool!  Odin2005   Sep-01-08 10:59 PM   #40 
  - I've heard Navajo is absolutely brutal for us speakers of Indo-European languages!  Odin2005   Sep-01-08 10:55 PM   #39 
  - Arabic  Book Lover   Feb-18-05 01:51 AM   #14 
  - Mandarin Chinese -- the tones were so difficult to hear,  DemBones DemBones   Feb-25-05 03:02 AM   #19 
  - Hebrew, probably...  Darranar   Mar-13-05 06:11 PM   #21 
  - Latvian  Lydia Leftcoast   Mar-15-05 09:50 PM   #24 
  - Irish Gaelic  Stop_the_War   Mar-26-05 11:38 AM   #26 
  - Arabic, probably. Ukrainian is up there. Nobody needs 7 noun cases,  loro mi dicevano   Mar-26-05 03:42 PM   #27 
  - japanese?  NuttyFluffers   Mar-27-05 03:36 AM   #28 
  - Muzukashi ne!  AsahinaKimi   Nov-14-08 10:10 PM   #43 
  - Welsh  AllyCat   Aug-12-05 10:30 AM   #31 
  - Any luck pronouncing that "LL" consonant?  Odin2005   Sep-01-08 11:02 PM   #41 
  - Khmer (Cambodian)  nguoihue   Aug-29-05 09:11 AM   #32 
  - Turkish  fudge stripe cookays   Aug-10-06 05:28 AM   #34 
  - Basque  Swamp Rat   Aug-17-06 12:58 AM   #35 
  - Update  Swamp Rat   Nov-27-08 05:18 AM   #44 
     - Cool! my shrink is a Basque.  Odin2005   Dec-08-08 04:40 PM   #45 
  - Ojibwe  dmesg   Aug-24-06 04:30 PM   #36 
  - Arabic  shenmue   Sep-26-07 04:38 PM   #38 
  - Classical Greek.  Odin2005   Sep-01-08 11:15 PM   #42 
  - Russian  Xipe Totec   Dec-15-08 06:20 PM   #46 
 

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