A Look at the Skolt Sami Language

Method and Conclusion. See here.

Results. A ratings system was designed in terms of how difficult it would be for an English-language speaker to learn the language. In the case of English, English was judged according to how hard it would be for a non-English speaker to learn the language. Speaking, reading and writing were all considered.

Ratings: Languages are rated 1-6, easiest to hardest. 1 = easiest, 2 = moderately easy to average, 3 = average to moderately difficult, 4 = very difficult, 5 = extremely difficult, 6 = most difficult of all. Ratings are impressionistic.

Time needed. Time needed for an English language speaker to learn the language “reasonably well”: Level 1 languages = 3 months-1 year. Level 2 languages = 6 months-1 year. Level 3 languages = 1-2 years. Level 4 languages = 2 years. Level 5 languages = 3-4 years, but some may take longer. Level 6 languages = more than 4 years.

This post will look at the Skolt Sami language in terms of how difficult it would be for an English speaker to learn it.


Skolt Sami‘s Latinization is often listed as one of the worst Latinizations around. The rest of the language is quite similar to, and as difficult as, Finnish.

Skolt Sami gets a 5 rating, extremely hard to learn.

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One response to “A Look at the Skolt Sami Language

  1. Rus

    I actually once was very interested in the Sami and studied their languages, though not for too long and not too thoroughly, as the language is too difficult for everyone on Earth (except for the Sami themselves) and useless to study it really hard. Buy still I must admit that the Sami alphabets that are used in Finland and Norway are very good, logical and thought through. It is certainly better than the Cyrillic one (hardly anybody writes Sami in Cyrillic anyway). The person from that forum who claimed, that the Sami Latin alphabet is one of the worst, is surely ignorant and has never studied the language.

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