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Raincrowlee
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23 June 2010 at 3:33pm | IP Logged 
I know we have had a lot of discussions about the hardest language. They seem to crop up every few months. This time, I'd like people's opinions on what the hardest living Indo-European language is. Polish? Czech? Armenian? Irish? Some Indian dialect that does get much press?
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Juаn
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23 June 2010 at 3:38pm | IP Logged 
Probably Sanskrit. But if we regard lack of materials as an integral part of difficulty, any number of other ones would be "harder".

edit: oops, I just say you asked for the hardest living language, though again in my opinion any language that is studied, read and written is very much alive.

Edited by Juаn on 23 June 2010 at 5:02pm

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Merv
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23 June 2010 at 4:17pm | IP Logged 
Raincrowlee wrote:
I know we have had a lot of discussions about the hardest language. They seem to crop up
every few months. This time, I'd like people's opinions on what the hardest living Indo-European language is.
Polish? Czech? Armenian? Irish? Some Indian dialect that does get much press?


I would think the more conservative ones, e.g. Lithuanian.
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chucknorrisman
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23 June 2010 at 4:30pm | IP Logged 
Juаn wrote:
Probably Sanskrit. But if we regard lack of material as an integral part of difficulty, any number of other ones would be "harder".

edit: oops, I just say you asked for the hardest living language, though again in my opinion any language that is studied, read and written is very much alive.


Sanskrit is actually alive too; there are 14,135 native speakers in India.
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23 June 2010 at 9:34pm | IP Logged 
Icelandic is supposed to be pretty difficult. I have not tried it, so can't speak from experience.
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exscribere
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23 June 2010 at 10:45pm | IP Logged 
It will depend on what your native language is and what similarities it has to any other language. I'm a native English speaker, so something with ergative case might drive me bonkers (and I'm learning Hindi, so I'll get a small taste of it).

I'm inclined to say that, for me at least, Lithuanian (as it's more conservative than Latvian) would likely be the most difficult. I've never dabbled in something like Armenian or Macedonian, though, so I can't speak to them.
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 Message 7 of 69
24 June 2010 at 12:06am | IP Logged 
Of the ones I have attempted to study, It's a tie between Albanian and Georgian!    I think Georgian might come out
ahead by a nose because of its alphabet.

Albanian is difficult because it is heavily inflected, not many cognates with other IE languages and speakers seem
so swallow-up sounds when they speak it. It is really, really hard.

Georgian is pretty much the same but not quite as inflected - but then there's that tricky alphabet. :-)
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Juаn
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24 June 2010 at 12:13am | IP Logged 
Georgian is not IE.


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