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Easy New Languages to Learn?

My friend and I are attempting to learn a language. We don't want to learn the Romance languages or Germanic languages (excluding Bokmal), also we don't want it to be too difficult. We were thinking maybe Swahili, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Bokmal, Esperanto, or Gaelic. We also prefer Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, or easy-to-learn script. Are there any easier languages? Which would be the easiest of these languages? Thank you.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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Esperanto is probably one of the easiest languages you can learn. It's very similar to Romance language though, so as you don't like those, I would say Bokmal would probably be a good language that's reasonably easy for English speakers, but not too much so.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew376161

Well, I have had experience with two of those. Those two are Russian and Turkish. Turkish sounds nice, but I don't have enough experience with it to say much, although it has a strange word order and 7 cases (I think). Now for Russian. I love the Russian language. It is not as hard as a lot of people say, and it only has 6 cases (that's only two more than German). Cyrillic is also really easy to learn. I highly suggest this languages, especially since Russia is definitely not going away anytime soon (in fact, it is supposed to grow to be one of the biggest economies in the world). In the end it is your choice, but I hope you'll at least consider Russian. Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolas_jk

I love Turkish, easiest language I have ever learned. Tried a few slavic languages but they all appear much harder. I'll probably do Swahili once I finish Turkish, I think I like agglutinative languages in general, but we'll see.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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For the English speaker, either Bokmål or Esperanto would be the easiest of those you set forth.

Welsh is one of my favorites but not one I would describe as easy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Cyrillic. I chose by doing eeny, meeny, miny, moe. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/STEEZY-DEO

I would say Esperanto is the easiest language on Duolingo. I spent 4 days and hours on it and I'm past halfway down the tree.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/painai2
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I agree that Turkish would one of the easier on your list.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

Esperanto is easiest on there for English-speakers. Best choice if you don't care which language you learn, as long as you're fine with artificial languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Norwegian Bokmal would be the easiest of the living languages.

Then optionally to learn Esperanto could possibly be a choice for constructed languages to have a look at.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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Esperanto is easier than expected.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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We don't want to learn the Romance languages, also we don't want it to be too difficult

that kinda contradicts each other tho

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Well esperanto is defintiely the easiest with bokmal said to be a close second for english speakers. But there are romance and germanic influences in Esperanto. Personally finding swahili very challenging and neither russian nor irish gaelic is a walk in the park.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Niquelle7
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I think Spanish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language
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Esperanto or Bokmal for sure, if you're going for the easy factor. Esperanto vocabulary is based largely on Romance languages, but its grammar often resembles non-Romance and non-Germanic languages, including Turkish when it comes to agglutination. From what I have heard/experienced, the Esperanto and Norwegian courses on Duolingo are both very fun, with supportive communities.

Keep in mind that your motivation to learn a particular language also plays a huge role. With the languages I've already studied, Italian would be waaaaay easier than Irish Gaelic to learn. However, I have zero interest in learning Italian. Studying a (grammatically) difficult language with joy and passion is easier than forcing yourself to study an easy language that you don't feel a connection to.

If you're uncertain, you could take one week per language on your short-list to explore it and get to know it a little, then make a decision. No time lost if you're having fun and learning!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oritteropo1
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Although the FSI language ranking doesn't agree, in Australia it's generally considered that Bahasa Indonesia is the easiest language taught in our schools.

From your point of view it does have the disadvantage that it's not released for Duolingo yet (it's less than one third completed and not due for several years).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Super Interesting. I can see how both those categorizations coexist. Not having any conjugations, a great portion of the difficulty of intro language classes would be absent, but to obtain a given conversational level, probably focusing on politics and the like (which is what the FSI is measuring) there would be the challenge of substantially less vocab overlap.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Q. What is the current state of Indonesian in the incubator?

A.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Espatially

From your list, I would choose Greek. If you are familiar with Cyrillic, you'll find Greek easy to recognize and vice-versa.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowofthemoon
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From what I can tell, the most brillaint language course on your list is Bokmål.


Bokmål

They have lots of references to some random stuff like music bands or movies that we all adore, as well as lots of funny little things here and there - a smile and good memories would accompany you along the way. But be prepared to see some gay references there - I don't know how do you feel about it, some people may enjoy "diversity", some people don't, I'm pretty much indifferent as long as I'm not forced to deal with it a little bit more than "enough" (and virtually anything in this life can be a little bit too much at some point). The saddest thing about this "diversity" is that occasionally some people feel like picking up the fight in the comments. Just move on. Live your life and let others live theirs.

The bottom line: of all the trees I completed Bokmål is the one I enjoyed the most =)


Esperanto

Esperanto, on the other hand, was the language I enjoyed the least.

Yes, it's easy, and it's probably way too easy - I completed the tree in no time, and I would actually enjoy a little bit more challenge. To me, the challenges of the other languages are their BEAUTY. So why would you want get rid of the beauty?

I don't know your reasons to avoid Romance or Germanic languages for now, but if you didn't really have a lot of experience with them, I would actually advise you to avoid Esperanto by all means, for it will surely "somewhat" spoil your experience later on, when you go on to learn French or Spanish or Italian or anything else - you willl have an illusion that there are lots of things in other languages that are "pretty much like in Esperanto", while in fact it's the other way around, and I enjoy it a lot more like this: when I hear or say something that sounds pretty much like a French or Italian word - I smile because it reminds me of those languages and their beauty. But this very moment I wish I would be speaking / listening to a genuine French or Italian rather than Esperanto.

Esperanto was very unforunate to choose the "mal" prefix to describe the "opposite" of something else, while in Romance languages it means "bad" or "sick" or "pain", and I can't stop thinking of it everytime I have to say it in Esperanto. In the end, nearly half of Esperanto sounds "bad" to me, and there are actually lots of sentences in the course saying that something or someone is bad or at least "not good", like the coffee, the meal, the waiter.. I think they even wanted to punish the waiter in one of those sentences.

Whoever wrote the Esperanto course, if only you could hear me: I know there's nothing you can do about the "mal" prefix - it's there and it's done, we all just have to accept it, but at least don't overuse the "malbona" word in your sentences and please, PLEASE, don't punish the waiter: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/14233339


Russian

Russian is really nice. I din't complete the tree, but what I enjoyed is that it's not just a random set of sentences, but it rather reads like a book - you get to know the characters, you follow the storyline... and I would actually like to know how does the story end. Someday =)


How I would choose a language to learn:

Find a good book, or a music band / lyrics that you both would enjoy to understand someday. This would be your reason to keep going, and I promise you, you will never regret it when you look back.

20 years ago there was a girl who gave me a little gift - a song in Spanish. And I didn't know any single word in Spanish back then. And I had no chance to learn. But I carried this song with me, in my heart, until and into the day when I could finally read it. And I tell you, it was a miracle...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Congrats on the streak-o-versary!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowofthemoon
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=)
I'll have to remember the word ))

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language
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I actually do find Esperanto beautiful, but this is why I put the suggestion to "taste test" the language before going all out. If the poster finds that they share your opinion of Esperanto, then by all means they shouldn't do the language and I'm not going to proselytize and say that they should. If they find that they have something more like my opinion, then they will probably have a lot of fun with it (linguistic Legos!). To each their own; I'm aware that a lot of people find Italian beautiful and romantic, I personally don't, everyone studies a language that makes them happy and we're all good.

And yeah I've heard the same about the Norwegian course! It almost makes me want to do the tree just for fun even though I have no plans to learn bokmal.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadowofthemoon
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I have a very strong feeling that every single language can be romantic and beautiful - depending on who is speaking and to whom. People tend to believe that German language is somewhat harsh, but when I was traveling in a train from Frankfurt to somewhere in the middle of a beautiful nowhere in Germany, I've heard a German girl talking to her boyfriend on the phone, and oh, how sweet was that... =)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language
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Agreed! And the same in the opposite direction - I like French a lot, but it's anything but beautiful when my emotionally-abusive neighbor uses it to yell at her husband and dog!

1 year ago