What language is the easiest to learn?
I was thinking to myself if I want to learn a new language what would be easy to learn. I like to learn a new language, but don't have too much time to do it so an easy language to learn would be nice. Note: my main language is English.
Afrikaans, though, is very similar to Dutch except with heavily simplified grammar, so I would vote for that, if Esperanto is to be excluded.
P.S. There is also a huge factor which is motivation, an easy language like Spanish is torture for millions of schoolchildren simply because they have no interest in it. So many people claim German is hard, and yet I don't find it even a little bit difficult because difficulties stop mattering with the right amount of motivation and dedication.
As many have stated before me, Esperanto was specifically created to be simple to learn. It's easy to catch on to, and the word order is quite flexible. Plus, it sounds lovely with its flowing words and sounds.
To continue with languages taught on Duolingo, I've found Dutch to also be a quick language to grasp onto. I'll admit that grammar and word order can get a bit confusing, but a few extra practice sessions- even if they are short- will help tons.
Every language has its difficult and easy aspects, though, and it really depends on the learner's own tastes. What is easy for one may be difficult for another, so all I can give to you is a recommendation based on my findings. I hope it helps, though!
I would recommend Norwegian if you're a native English speaker. A lot of the vocabulary is similar, pronunciation is a little different but you could grasp it easy enough if you listen to people speaking it repeatedly. The grammatical rules are somewhat different but fairly easy to pick up and understand. Before I even started learning Norwegian I could understand fairly basic sentences just because they were so similar to English (with the exception of a few words).