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Below, I present a number of links to opinions, facts, impressions and scales pronouncing or pointing to the comparative difficulty of different languages in the eyes of individuals or learning groups. Some of the conclusions in this random collection seem to be more statistically, logically or scientifically grounded than others. Some are the interactive product of popular discussion forums. Some are the kind of statements you might expect from disgruntled learners.  French does not always fare well, but overall it is judged to be among the easier to learn foreign languages for Anglophones. In reading the links, remember the question of which language is the most difficult can have no universal answer, but that accessible and well-stated opinions or well-presented factual information does have weight:

Defense Language Institute (see under "Language Schools" number of weeks for course completion)
http://www.dliflc.edu/academics/academics_index.html

DLIFLC academic information (ACADEMIC CREDIT)
http://www.dliflc.edu/academics/academic_affairs/dli_catalog/acadcred.htm

Language Training and Skills (Answers.com)
http://www.answers.com/topic/language-training-and-skills

What is the most difficult [language] to learn ?
http://www.micheloud.com/FXM/LA/LE/relfdif.htm

The Hardest Language to Learn Survey (Language-Learning-Advisor.com)
http://www.language-learning-advisor.com/hardest-language-to-learn-survey.html

Which languages are the most difficult in your opinion?
http://help.berberber.com/forum27/8336-languages-most-difficult-your-opinion.html

Which languages are the most difficult to learn? (Omniglot - the blog)
http://www.omniglot.com/blog/2006/04/21/difficult-languages/

6 Responses to “Relative difficulty”
http://www.omniglot.com/blog/2006/05/17/relative-difficulty/

How Difficult Is German Compared With Other Languages?
http://www.aatg.org/content/view/253/44/

What Makes One Language Harder or Easier Than Another?
http://www.aatg.org/content/view/253/44/

Language difficulty scale? "Easy" vs. "Difficult" languages,  etc.
http://listserv.buffalo.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9609&L=flteach&T=0&P=66914

Language difficulty scale?
http://listserv.buffalo.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9609&L=flteach&T=0&P=62347

"The Japanese are Japanese because they speak Japanese"
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002041.html

Student & teacher rankings of language difficulty
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~eagerchm/tutorial/attitudes.html

Language profiles
http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/most-difficult-languages.html

Specific Languages : Most difficult languages
http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3121

How Difficult Is German Compared With Other Languages?
http://www.aatg.org/content/view/253/44/

Difficulty of languages (MTG Salvation forums)
http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=58881

Which is the most difficult language? (UsingEnglish.com)
http://www.usingenglish.com/articles/hardest-language.php

What is the most difficult language to learn? (Johns Hopkins Magazine)
http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/0299web/degree.html#language

Why Arabic Is the Most Difficult Language for Localization (Translation.Directory.com)
http://www.translationdirectory.com/article460.htm

Chinese and French; which one is more difficult?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210223343AAAHktG

Spanish is Easier than French... Not!
http://french.about.com/cs/teachingresources/a/spanishiseasier.htm

Easiest Language
http://home.unilang.org/main/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7951&start=15&sid=f8407b0b7c0ca04977b4676b2adb97b6

What is the most difficult language to learn? (E. L. Easton)
http://eleaston.com/why.html#diff

Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard (Pinyin.info) - article
http://pinyin.info/readings/texts/moser.html

Why Chinese is so Damn Hard (Chinese Pod Blog) - discussion
http://blogs.chinesepod.com/2006/08/29/why-chinese-is-so-damn-hard/

Language difficulty essay: Mandarin vs. Cantonese
http://www.chinese-lessons.com/cantonese/difficulty.htm



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