Which language has the most complicated grammar?

Which language has the most complicated grammar?

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  1. I’ll mention first the languages that I know/have studied: out of Slavic language families, Serbian amd Russian have a fuckload of grammatical elements (declinations, condjugations etc.) which can be tough even for the native speakers. Of what I know of German, I detest its grammar. Mandarin Chinese, or putonghua to be more precise, has a lot less grammar compared to ones mentioned above and I found it a lot easier than some.

    From friends I know who also study languages, I think Finnish grammar is the toughest, North Baltic countries that is.

  2. I heard some linguist saying Tagalog is hard grammar wise due to the Austronesian Alignment, the enormous amount of prefixes (compared to other standardized Malay languages) and its flexibility to Code Switch with english, the four voices that is not readily translatable to English and lastly the VSO sentence structure of it. Tagalog vocab is easy though if you know a bit of malay and english.

  3. Mandarin was the hardest to learn because of the tones and characters, but not because of the grammar. The grammar itself was quite simple in comparison to Latin and Germanic languages.

  4. Russian. I know what I’m saying.
    what happens in English lessons in English speaking countries? Do you learn grammar. In russian schools you learn russian grammar for 9 years and then learning to write essays for 2 years. 85% of adults in Russia cannot write 10 sentences from literary text without mistakes. But Russian language gives us so many beautiful literature. Even writers from tajikistan, kazahstan, turkmenistan, georgia, belarus and ukrain( now there are problems) write on russian because this language is just better

  5. Swiss german.

    It’s based on german, but it has some big differences. There are countless dialects and many influences from French. The pronunciation also sucks, or so my American friend says.
    And to top it all off, there is no correct way to write it down. Not that it’s just a spoken language, we swiss just never could agree on a standard grammar.

  6. I’m sure this has been mentioned already but I always hear how non-English speakers just find English so fucking confusing and even moreso when you include slang, idioms, dialects, local lingo, etc.

    Meanwhile, while it’s only mildly difficult to learn a different language for English speakers, we are generally able to pick up slang and express ourselves idiomatically in other languages.

  7. Slovene is not the easiest language to grasp for non-Slavic speakers. It’s grammatically complex, with an annoying number of ‘cases’ (sklon) which mean that you have to constantly modify the endings of words depending on the context of the sentence

  8. When an English-speaker doesn’t understand something, sometimes he or she will say “it’s all Greek to me!” But someone who speaks Greek will say “it’s Chinese to me!” Croatian will use Spanish, Finnish will use Hebrew…

    Someone actually collected all of these idioms, of which languages think other languages are hard. And plotted them in a flowchart. In the end, all arrows point to Chinese (which points to “Heavenly Script,” a mythological language).

    [Check this shit out y’all](https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1024)

  9. We had German class at school, the grammar was awful, not only having to keep in mind what gender nouns are, but also what part of a sentence they are in and a whole lot of other stuff. It was awful. English Grammar is so much easier to learn in my opinion. German might be somewhat similar to Dutch (my main language), but I had a very hard time trying to learn it.

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