Any foreign language is difficult. There are only degrees of difficulty, based on the languages you already know and how different they are from the target language.
Native languages are also difficult. It takes children years to master their first language. We simply don't remember much from our early...
Best answer: Any foreign language is difficult. There are only degrees of difficulty, based on the languages you already know and how different they are from the target language.
Native languages are also difficult. It takes children years to master their first language. We simply don't remember much from our early years, including how difficult learning our native language was. Anyone who has raised children SHOULD remember how long it took. It was not easy for the children in my life.
German is far from the most difficult language for English speakers who know only English. Per the American Foreign Service Institute. level I languages (all the Romance languages, and most other Germanic languages, but not German, Icelandic, or Faroese) require 600 hours of study to reach competency (not fluency).
German is a level II language, requiring 750 hours. Just a bit more difficult than level I.
Level V is the hardest, requiring 2200 hours of study (all the Chinese languages, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic).
German is more inflected than English.
Nouns: have multiple regular ways of forming plurals.
They have four grammatical cases, and three grammatical genders.
Adjectives directly modifying nouns change from depending on the number/gender/case of the noun. There are three declension patterns for adjectives: two different ones when a determiner is used, depending on which determiner, and a third when there is no determiner.
German has two main word orders: one for main clauses, and another for dependent ones (with some exceptions). Changing word order often emphasizes one element over another.
Some verbs have prefixes, some of which are separable and others which are not.
one example: German has six words for THE, depending on the number/gender/case of the noun it describes.
That is certainly more complicated than French (a level I language), but nothing compared to Japanese (which has a very different kind of grammar and a writing system that uses three different scripts, often in the same sentence).
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