What is the Easiest Language to Learn? – Find Out Today

by Marek on May 1, 2013

Easiest language to learnWhat is the easiest language to learn? This is perhaps the most common question asked by linguistics enthusiasts as well as those who are keen on learning a second language. While there is no single best answer to this query, there are in fact several languages that are widely considered as easy to acquire for English as well as non-English speakers.

Listed below are 10 languages that are easy to learn and master. Also included are brief descriptions of each language, as well as a few practical tips on how to learn one or more foreign languages in less than a year.

English

Apart from the fact that it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, English is considered easy to learn since has a simple construction, and the grammar rules are straightforward. In addition, English is found in almost all aspects of human life these days, i.e. movies, TV advertisements, and mainstream literature (books, magazines, etc). When a language is widely exposed and accessible, it becomes infinitely easier to learn and master. Most schools all over the world follow a purely English curriculum, which means students are able to grasp the language and retain it well after they reach adulthood. Most people do not even have to make much effort in learning English because they have already imbibed it all their lives.

French

While many people assume that this is a hard language to master, French is in fact one of the easiest to learn because of its unique structure and phonetic personality. French is among the most popular romance languages, and most of its words and phrases are also commonly found in the English language. One trick that people can use when learning French is to read cookbooks or peruse restaurant menus since there are about a thousand or so French words that are commonly used on a daily basis (especially when it comes to culinary activities), except people are unaware of it.

German

This is a particularly easy language to learn for native English speakers since about 70-80% of the English language is derived from German. Unlike French, German is less nasal but it does require the extensive use of the tongue and jaw to sound out the words properly. German also has a very distinct tone so it is very easy to recognize even for people who are not fluent speakers.

Italian

Another romantic language that is easy to learn and master is Italian, which is not only practical but also a real joy to study. Many Italian words are used in the course of people’s daily lives, especially when it comes to food and cars. Most people know a few Italian words due to their interest in culinary arts, so this language is not much of a stranger to many individuals.

Tagalog

Among dozens of Asian languages, Tagalog is perhaps one of the easiest to learn. It is written phonetically and is quite simple in its structure and composition. Many tourists and expatriates can attest to the fact that it only takes a few visits or a few months of continuous stay in the Philippines to learn this very simple language. Incidentally, Tagalog (officially referred to as Filipino as a language) is largely derived from Spanish and English due to the influence of Spain and the United States by virtue of colonization.

Spanish

This language is a close first cousin of Italian, but is infinitely easier to learn. Spanish is written phonetically so learning to write it is also a breeze. Unlike English, spoken Spanish does not involve many liaised words so everything is sounded out with distinction. Becoming fluent in Spanish would require a certain speed in delivering words and phrases. If there is one thing you can immediately notice of native Spanish speakers is their rapid speech pattern, which is something that you need to learn in order to sound fluent.

Portuguese

In terms of grammar, Portuguese is very similar to romance languages such as Italian and French. This language is a lot easier to learn than English because it does not use too many prepositions (in, on, over, etc). Portuguese is quite similar to Spanish in so far as speech delivery is concerned. Native speakers also tend to talk fast, which is part of the personality of this particular language.

Dutch

This is a close cousin of the German language, and has a very similar structure as English. Dutch also adopted a lot of root words from French so if you already speak the latter, there is no reason to have any difficultly learning this language. It can be a tad strange learning this language for the first time especially if you have not been exposed to a lot of Dutch words and/or phrases while growing up. However, you will find that Dutch is actually very to grasp once you have established a strong foundation on vocabulary.

Norwegian

As far as pronunciation goes, this language is remarkably similar to English. Grammar and syntax are also a breeze to master, especially in terms of conjugation (suffix for past tense (e and ed) and S for passive verbs). This language also uses pitch accents as well as peaks and valleys in pronouncing words, which is the case in English language.

Swedish

This language is of Germanic origin, and it does have many similarities to the English language. In fact, some words are derived directly from English, albeit the spelling has been changed (Konference from conference, and midnatt for midnight). This uniquely Scandinavian language has a sing-song delivery, which makes it sound very distinct.

There are many other languages that are remarkably easy to learn, but it would be smart to start with any of these ten. Once you master French, German, Italian, and Portuguese, the rest of the European languages would be a breeze. It is very important to remember that choosing the best language program is key to achieving fluency. If you choose to learn these languages on your own, it would be wise to get all the tools that would help speed up mastery.

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