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Most Difficult Languages for English Speakers

Can you name the major languages that are the most difficult for English speakers to learn?
Difficulty source: The US Dept. of State's School of Language Studies. https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/
Native speaker population source: Each language's Wikipedia page
Category III and Category IV are the highest difficulty tiers School of Language Studies ranking.
Note: Per the difficulty source, this list is non-exhaustive. Languages that aren't consistently taught at the School of Language Studies are not included. Only languages with more than 10 million native speakers are included.
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Difficulty Tier
Number of Native Speakers
Language
Category IV
~920 million
Mandarin
Category IV
~350 million
Arabic
Category III
~341 million
Hindi
Category III
~300 million
Bengali
Category III
~150 million
Russian
Category IV
~128 milion
Japanese
Category III
~82 million
Telugu
Category IV
~80 million
Cantonese
Category IV
~80 million
Korean
Category III
~80 million
Turkish
Category III
~76 million
Vietnamese
Category III
~75 million
Tamil
Category III
~70 million
Farsi
Category III
~62 million
Urdu
Category III
~45 million
Polish
Category III
~40 million
Ukrainian
Category III
~36 million
Thai
Category III
~34 million
Uzbek
Difficulty Tier
Number of Native Speakers
Language
Category III
~33 million
Burmese
Category III
~32 million
Amharic
Category III
~30 million
Azerbaijani
Category III
~30 million
Lao
Category III
~23 million
Tagalog
Category III
~22 million
Somali
Category III
~21 million
Serbo-Croatian
Category III
~21 million
Kurdish
Category III
~21 million
Dari
Category III
~17 million
Sinhala
Category III
~16 million
Khmer
Category III
~16 million
Nepali
Category III
~14 million
Greek
Category III
~13 million
Kazakh
Category III
~13 million
Hungarian
Category III
~11 million
Czech
Category III
~11 million
Turkmen
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