DailyDirt: Learning A Foreign Language

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Apparently, Japanese is the most difficult foreign language for native English speakers to learn. Not only does it have different written and spoken codes, it also has three different writing systems. Furthermore, Japanese syntax is left branching, which is the complete opposite of English syntax, which is right branching. Learning a foreign language is never easy (although some people seem to have an easier time than others), but it's not impossible with enough time and effort put into it. Here are a few more links about learning foreign languages. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Jay (profile), 25 Mar 2013 @ 6:13pm

    Ok, Japanese is not the hardest language for westerners.

    That would be Arabic. Although Japanese is really difficult as well, I'll admit. It takes a lot to learn both languages and having at least four years of Japanese, I can say that it is rather difficult to even read the news when you barely know enough kanji from the papers.

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