In a report, researchers have said that learning Arabic is difficult .
“When someone learns to read Arabic they have to work out which letters are which, and which ones go with which sounds.”
They didn’t say if this differs to other languages.
“It is the ability to tell letters apart that seems to work differently in Arabic – because telling the characters apart involves looking at very small details such as the placement of dots.”
Though they did not explain if the dots were of any different size to, for example, the German (Swedish etc) ä, ö, ü, or other languages with diacritics. Or even if the swash on a Q compared to an O or an I set beside a l (yes that was an uppercase i and lower case L) made English especially difficult to read/learn.
I guess that the conclusion will be that from Morocco to Oman are a lot of smart Arabs
read it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11181457
and read what languages are ‘academically’ considered the most difficult to learn – again Arabic comes out on top!