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    Somali would probably be one of the hardest languages in the world to learn without acquiring it during your childhood
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomaliSuldaan View Post
    Somali would probably be one of the hardest languages in the world to learn without acquiring it during your childhood
    I think that goes for most Horner languages. I have an old school Eritrean friend, I've heard them speak Tigrinya or Tigray (not sure which), and while I do recognize some classical Semitic words (like ain/eye), most of the language when spoken fluidly sounds like a mix between Arabic and Khoisan or something like that. I don't know how difficult it is to actually speak it, but it sure does sound hard as hell (and very funny too, lol).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EliasAlucard View Post
    I think that goes for most Horner languages. I have an old school Eritrean friend, I've heard them speak Tigrinyabor Tigray (not sure which), and while I do recognize some classical Semitic words (like ain/eye), most of the language when spoken fluidly sounds like a mix between Arabic s d Khoisan or something like that. I don't know how difficult it is to actually speak it, but it sure does sound hard as hell.
    Tbh those Ethio-Semitic language seem extremely alien to me aswell.They have very strange unique sounds that sound bird-like and are almost impossible to replicate.They share nothing with us Cushites in terms of vocabulary so I wouldn't even be able to catch a single similar word unlike you Semites lol



    As a Somali the Oromo language(the largest spoken language in the Horn) would probably be the easiest language for me to learn since it is a fellow lowland cushite language and we share some lexical similarity and grammar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EliasAlucard View Post
    I think that goes for most Horner languages. I have an old school Eritrean friend, I've heard them speak Tigrinyabor Tigray (not sure which), and while I do recognize some classical Semitic words (like ain/eye), most of the language when spoken fluidly sounds like a mix between Arabic s d Khoisan or something like that. I don't know how difficult it is to actually speak it, but it sure does sound hard as hell.
    For reasons that are not entirely clear to me spoken Amharic and spoken Hebrew have numerous cognates. Also the Biblical and Modern Hebrew word for soup/stew, מרק, maraq, a quintessential Jewish concept,seems to be known and used in all Horner languages, as well as in Yemeni (non-jewish) Arabic.

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    Isn't Navajo kind of fucked up and difficult to learn? I had an anthropology professor who randomly used to burst out in Navajo and it sounded like nothing I had ever heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamerlane View Post
    Isn't Navajo kind of fucked up and difficult to learn? I had an anthropology professor who randomly used to burst out stuff in Navajo and it sounded like nothing I had ever heard.
    Na-Dené languages, like Navajo, are amongst the most difficult Native American languages to pronounce. The presence of lateral, velar and uvular ejectives makes them sound quite distinct from other Native American languages. This degree phonemic complexity coupled with the morphological distinctiveness has led to several long-range comparisons with Caucasian languages (read about "Dené-Caucasian", that's the kind of crazy I like).

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    For reasons that are not entirely clear to me spoken Amharic and spoken Hebrew have numerous cognates. Also the Biblical and Modern Hebrew word for soup/stew, מרק, maraq, a quintessential Jewish concept,seems to be known and used in all Horner languages, as well as in Yemeni (non-jewish) Arabic.
    These seem to be retentions from Proto-Semitic for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Semitic Duwa View Post
    It's a pretty famous language, actually



    Yeah, they're the hardest to learn in my book, and there's plenty of room for everyone to have a hard time. For example, NW Caucasian languages (like Ubykh) are famous for their huge phonemic inventories and their overly complex verbal morphology, the NE Caucasian ones (like Chechen) are somewhat "easier" to pronounce (though "easy" doesn't do them justice) however they are renowned for their incredibly complex case systems (Tsez has a whopping 64 cases while Tabasaran has 53 for example). Add to that the ergative–absolutive morphosyntax as well as the fact that most of us speak languages which don't even seem to be remotely related to these languages and you can conclude that these are the hardest languages to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NixYO View Post
    What do you have to say about North Picene?
    Not much, unfortunately the data is too scarce to draw conclusions about this language, though I think we can say it isn't an IE language at this stage.
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    For me in no particular order.Easiest English (of course),Dutch,German,Spanish.Italian,French,Danish ,Swedish,Norwegian. Hardest. Pretty much everthing else. Hebew,African, Middle Eastern,West,East,South,South East Asian and East and South Eastern European languages,etc.

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