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Ranking of languages according to the degree of difficulty  
von timfefe (AU/AT), 2017-02-13, 15:24  like dislike  Spam?  
Would the following sentence be an appropriate translation for the above:

Die Rangordnung von Sprachen (je) nach dem Schwierigkeitsgrad.
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von tratzinsky (DE), 2017-02-13, 15:56  like dislike  Spam?  176.98.167...
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Die Rangordnung von Sprachen nach Schwierigkeitsgrad.
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Rangordnung der Sprachen nach Schwierigkeitsgrad  #864870
von Sasso', 2017-02-13, 16:16  like dislike  Spam?  78.41.149....
"von Sprachen" would imply randomly chosen languages.
"der Sprachen" would refer to an all-language list
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von tratzinsky (DE), 2017-02-13, 17:19  like dislike  Spam?  176.98.167...
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Sasso' is absolutely right.
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Danke Euch beiden  #864883
von timfefe (AU/AT), 2017-02-13, 18:34  like dislike  Spam?  
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Languages  #864896
von Catesse (AU), 2017-02-14, 03:30  like dislike  Spam?  
There is no such thing as an "all-language" list. With perhaps 2,000 languages in the world - probably more - all lists are selective. See: Wikipedia(EN): List_of_Australian_Aboriginal_languages
The lists of African languages present a similar picture.
Even when you confine a list to securely established languages, the selections are different. One such list shows Spanish as the language with the second most native speakers, with English third. Another has English with almost twice as many native speakers as Spanish. It is all selective and subjective .
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von Proofreader, 2017-02-14, 03:49  like dislike  Spam?  80.108.140....
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Who would be interested in a ranking of languages that doesn't include most of them? If timfefe's list were limited to specific languages, his wording would have been different.
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von timfefe (AU/AT), 2017-02-14, 15:45  like dislike  Spam?  
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The "Ranking of languages according to the degree of difficulty" was a study by the University of Sydney, that covered the 100-200 most well known languages. That study put each language at a ranking between 1 and 5, with 1 designating the easiest language and 5 the most complicated.

What I can remember out of it:
Level 1: Spanish, Italian, Bhasa Indonesia
Level 2: English, Mandarin Chinese
Level 3: Thai
Level 4: French, German
Level 5: Finnish, Russian, Arabic.

As Catesse has pointed out, language comparisons could be highly subjective and therefore controversial. However, the authors' rankings were very well reasoned. Unfortunately, I can't find that study on the Web.
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Ease of learning  #864964
von Catesse (AU), 2017-02-15, 02:07  like dislike  Spam?  
Just about the easiest language to learn - apart from the pronunciation - is Dutch. But maybe that is only if you already have a good knowledge of English, German and French. Although I have had virtually no formal training in Dutch, I can understand more of the Dutch news services than of Deutsche Welle.

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