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What is the most difficult language for Spanish speakers to learn to write? In this article we will answer that question according to the available evidence, but we will also make a disclaimer: Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

No matter how distant a script is from the one used in your mother tongue, as long as you have the right tools, the right method and a strong disposition, you can learn to write well in that language.

You can say you really know a language when you can understand it, speak it, read it and write it. If we are talking about languages like Arabic or Chinese, any Spanish speaker might think it is valid to be satisfied with speaking it well, but we generally learn a language in search of job opportunities, and illiterate people do not usually have it in any country no matter how well they can express themselves.

So if you want to learn a language, and make use of it, try to be as good at speaking it as you are at writing it.

In principle, to learn to write in a language, it is necessary to know its alphabet. Therefore, for a Spanish speaker, the road to writing in English, French, Portuguese or Italian is practically underway, and with some minor variations the same could be said for all languages that use the Latin alphabet.

This becomes difficult when we want to write Slavic, Turkic or Mongolian languages, which use the Cyrillic alphabet.

For example, Russian uses this alphabet and for a Spanish speaker it can be an immediate challenge. However, it is possible.

The Cyrillic alphabet comes from the Greek alphabet, as does the Latin alphabet. That might make things easier, were it not for the fact that letters very similar to Western ones do not represent the sounds we expect.

So what you have to do is simply start studying and practicing the 33 letters used in Russian and not give up.

But what is the most difficult language for Spanish speakers to learn to write?

It is difficult to choose one language as the most difficult for Spanish speakers to learn to write, as the answer can always depend on many factors.

Arabic

An Egyptian television documentary made it clear a decade ago that learning to write Arabic is difficult even for Arabs, and charged that children can spend most of their lives up to the age of 10 understanding how to do so.

In addition to the fact that it has three plurals, four variables of each word, an irregular pronunciation and different ways of referring to a man or a woman, there is no consensus among the different regions or countries on a single form of writing.

On top of that, sometimes vowels are omitted and you will have to guess them from the context. In short, it is quite a challenge.

Ruso

It is true that its alphabet shares roots with Latin languages, coming also from Greek, but after memorizing the function of each letter of Cyrillic, you must slowly and progressively get into its complex grammar. In any case, for some experts, Russian can be learned to write in a few months, but writing it well and without mistakes requires years of effort and dedication.

Chinese

Although there are ten variations of the Chinese language, the most complicated part of learning this language is that its writing is logographic, that is, it has more than 12,000 characters that mean different things, and not just a few letters that together represent sounds.

Its characters are composed of pictograms, simple ideograms, complex ideograms, borrowings, phonosemantics and cognates. But the good news is that once the right approach to learning is applied, learning is not as difficult as you might think.

Korean

Around 1443, the Koreans wanted to create an alphabet that would allow them to communicate more easily than with the 12,000 Chinese characters. So King Sejong the Great created one himself.

It was relatively easy to learn for the next generation of Koreans, but for a Spanish speaker, it can be another world. Anyway, as it was a language created for many adult people to learn it from scratch, it has some ways to do it correctly even if you are a westerner.

Japanese

Japanese writing may frighten Westerners who want to learn it, as it consists of three different alphabets: hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Each is used for different types of words, but with time and a lot of memory, it is possible to get into that writing.

In theory, these are the most difficult languages for Spanish speakers to write. But there is nothing that a correct method cannot solve.

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