- Finnish is the third hardest language in the world (and is the hardest that uses the extended Latin/Ugic alphabet) , [Although some people say Polish or Hungarian tie in at first with Finnish].
- Is only half similar to ONE other language in the world. (Estonian)
- Is only DISTANTLY related to one other language in the world. (Hungarian)
- Finnish takes years to learn, has no prepositions, uses agglutinative context.
- It modifies and inflects the forms of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals and verbs, depending on their roles in the sentence.
- Is part of the Ugric languages.
- Doesn't really share ANY morphology at all with any other language.
- Spoken by less than 1% of all, when compared to other world languages.
- Finnish has a ton of dialects and differences that vary from town to town for gods sake.
- Finnish is also Ostrobothnic as well.. which goes to show how difficult it is to grasp.
some interesting points in this thread. To be honest, it's to easy to throw out excuses and yes, it is possible to learn Finnish in a year and if you think that you haven't learnt it until you sound like a native then you never will.
To deal with some of the points above:
First of all, it is impossible to rank languages by difficulty so...pointless.
Finnish does have prepositions, for example ilman and ennen.it also has a lot of postpositions which only require a learner who speaks English to swap word positions e.g. pöydän alla pöydän vieressä are just under and next to the table respectively.
Many languages inflect and agree adjectives and nouns etc. even English has inflection and used to have much more. Take the sentence: I bought him a cake. Him is modified he because it is an object and becomes his for genitive in the sentence: His cake is nice.
Finnish shares plenty of morphology with other languages: koulu (school) ranta (strand) viikko (week) plus there are more and more loan words (the verb lainata - to lend or borrow - is one of these itself) coming into Finnish every day.
Finally, all languages have dialects that vary from town to town.At least Finnish has a concept of standard Finnish in both written and spoken form which the learner can concentrate on, unlike English. So, while minä can be pronounced in many ways, mä is standard rather than mie, miiä, mää etc. Of course, the other pronunciations are perfectly good but a good interlocutor will modify their spoken Finnish towards standard puhekieli to help you (but they won't speak kirjakieli to you )
Also, we' re all on the same side here so let's be nice. Hyvää päivänjatkoa kaikille!