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Learning Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Korean Languages

September 23, 2022 Richard Coward
2030 School
Learning Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Korean Languages
Show Notes

Russian is a beautiful language of literature. Think Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekov, Rushkin, Gorky, Turgenev, Tolstoy… Ah, you just have to one day read it the way it was written, untranslated, unadulterated.

Korean has the most advanced writing system. You can read and write Korean in about 2 hours if you have the focus and a good teacher. It’s the most effective writing system you can ever learn, and you can use it phonetically to write your own secret diary, as da Vinci had his deep thoughts written in his secret diary in mirror images.

Arabic is usually considered one of the most difficult languages to learn, topped by only a few languages like Japanese in terms of difficulty. Plus, it's even harder (or so they say) if you are a native speaker of English or a romance language.

Unsurprisingly Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean come out as the hardest, requiring almost 2 years to learn. In the past I've tried my hand at the latter three, finding all extremely challenging although the Korean alphabet (Hangul) is far easier to learn than Chinese characters.

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