English is hard because its borrowed from a lot of other languages
This is an important point in favor of the universality of english. English has borrowed a lot from french after the norman invasion and because of the world wide dominance of the brittish empire english also doesn't have one official accent. You have American, Brittish, Irish, Indian, etc.. accents and anyone can chose the one who's easiest on his tongue.
English Grammar isn't so difficult in my sense in comparison with french for example. All the rules are very easyly understandable and there are very few exceptions to the rules, unlike other languages like dutch or french, where you have so many exceptions, you spend more time in learning them than the actual rules.
Then there's the fact that people will learn a language faster if they're constantly exposed to it, preferably when they're young and their brains absorb everything. For example, I'm Dutch and almost nothing is dubbed here, not even the cartoons, and as a result I could understand English when I was 12 or 13. In the past years though, cartoons have been dubbed in Dutch (and some live action stuff like Hannah Montana) and now my cousins, who are around the age of 12, can't follow a word of English. But when they grow uo and watch live action shows, which are still in English, they'll learn to understand the language after a certain amount of time, be it much longer than if they were exposed to it as a child.
This is very true and you can see it clearly in Belgium for example, where we have a dutch community and french community. The dutch like you said do not dub, unlike the french who dub everything - conclusion: Everyone in Flandres do speak a little english, in french-speaking Belgium you'll have a hard time finding one.
Countries like France, Japan, China, … who are a little turned inward, do not consider other languages as important and you see that in their accents: French english accent is horrible and japan's engrish too.
I still laugh at that retarded Mandarin Chinese craze a few years ago. Even if it outweighs every other language there is in terms of population of speakers, it's too much of a pain in the ass for it to become a "universal language" as some predicted it to be.
My brother is taking a mandarin class and the difficulty resides in the pronunciation, the sounds are very important in mandarin and some sounds just can't be learned if you do not exercise them from your youth. Just like the pronunciation of certain arabic letters. I still have the memory of one of my teachers who wanted to speak out my name in its arabic pronunciation - she almost shoked herself
Good luck dude. :ninja: Nah, Finnish isn't THE HARDEST language in the world I'd say, even though I once read in a school book that it's considered to be one of the hardest. Hell, Finns don't really know their own language themselves, the spoken Finnish is so much different from the written one.
Yeah language is a thing, I think, build on 3 poles:
Pronunciation, spoken language and written language.
Native speakers are always very good in pronunciation but can suck hard in a syntactic way or their written skills can be null.
Oh yeah, Good luck with all that Kairouseki.