Originally Posted by kljash
i'm pretty sure English is not the easiest to learn because so many of our words have multiple meanings. and the hardest was Japanese or some form of Chinese because you have to use your voice to change the pitch of some words to change their meaning
I don't know the facts but in psychology class I was taught/told that English is the easiest language, and kinda makes sense considering its common in other countries to learn English as a second language. Now the English statement was from school and I should have restated it as "arguably the easiest" but Icelandic was from a different source. Icelandic was claimed to be the hardest language from a video documentary about how a genius learns a foreign language in a week (I think it was a week) and for the test they chose Icelandic for him to learn and even explained why it is so hard. But even in this sense I guess it would still be considered "arguably the hardest". But If you see any of my other posts I almost always reference something, and when I'm not sure about something I will state so as well. So as you can see on this particular topic I only pulled information from school and a documentary, and nothing from my own opinion. I am only clarifying my original statements and explaining why I said what I said.
Personally I learned Chinese in high school in the span of two years (of course not fluently) enough to start and finish a conversation with some struggling lol. So from my personal experience I would disagree that Chinese is the hardest to learn language although still quiet hard. Japanese is the language that I am learning now in my free time and personal I don't think its possible to be one of the hardest, but again still pretty hard (easier then Chinese IMO).
Of course everyone is different and like I originally stated some languages will be harder/easier to learn then others for different individuals. Some very well might find Japanese and/or Chinese the hardest and some might very well find English to be the hardest.
While learning Chinese my teacher told me Chinese was the hardest language but I didn't use that in my original post as I think it was probably biased.
PS: Again this is not meant to counter anyone's post or views on the matter, its just an explanation on where I got my information from.