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10 Most Annoying Languages to Listen to Someone Speak

How in God’s name are we supposed to find an objective way of identifying the 10 most annoying languages to listen to someone speak? I’ve had my fair share of judging a random dude at the international airport just in the way they speak. I imagine some guy in German speaking about pink fluffy cupcake frosting. It’s not possible, I thought. I’ll beat your search on Google and tell you that in German (and I can’t verify, mind you!), pink fluffy cupcake frosting translates to Rosa flaumige Kuchen Zuckerguss. Yah , not effeminate at all.

There are about 6500 spoken languages in the world, but about one-third of them has fewer than 1.000 speakers.

One of the oldest languages in the world is Tamil. It is spoken by a surprising 78 million people and it is the official language of Sri Lanka and Singapore. But it’s not the most spoken language in the world. Chinese is. It’s spoken by approximately 1,197,000,000 people. The second place for the number of speakers is the Spanish language – with about 414,000,000 speakers. The third is English – with about 335,000,000 speakers.

 10 Most Annoying Languages to Listen to Someone Speak

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Languages are classified into families by the territory where its speakers are living. Today, there are around 147 language families. However, this number isn’t exact because of the limited knowledge about the number of the languages spoken in the most linguistically diverse areas, like Africa.

If you want to tackle learning a language, check out 5 Easiest Second Languages to Learn for English Speakers. Among these five are Spanish, because it alters from English only in morphology and phonology. It also includes the most romantic language, French. French is easy to learn because it’s in the same family class as English – ‘latin based. 

When it comes to the hardest language for speaking, writing, and reading, one could argue Japanese is the winner because of the unique characters. The Japanese alphabet has three different kanji – a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters –  which are made of 15,000 characters.

While there are many lists for the easiest or the hardest languages to speak, we decided to create a more interesting list of 10 most annoying languages to listen to someone speak. The research was a very interesting process. We read people’s opinions on forums like Reddit. We can’t say for sure which 10 most annoying languages to listen to someone speak because it all depends, of course, on one person’s taste. But we have a start.