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What is the easiest and fastest language to learn on this site (apart from Esperanto)?

What is the easiest and fastest language to learn on this site (apart from Esperanto)? I am learning Esperanto for fun and hope to become fluent one day. I also know that it helps with other languages. What language should I learn whilst learning Esperanto?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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"What language should I learn whilst learning Esperanto?"

There's no 'should'.

Language learning is a labour of love. If you don't love the language you've chosen, progress will be slow or, at worst, non-existent.

Choose for yourself, and choose one that jumps out at you because you love how it sounds, you like the culture or the literature, you want to visit or any one of a million other reasons. Other people cannot tell you what you want.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

Like we discussed before, the language alone is not the only factor of difficulty. Motivation is the most important factor, and the more usable the language is, the more motivated you will be, and the easier it will be. A motivated French learner will learn more easily than an unmotivated Esparanto learner.

I would advise going for the language most usable to you, not the easiest. This will also reward you the most, and as we don't know your life, we don't know what's most usable to you either. If you don't know either, then I would suggest typing all languages you're considering into a random name generator, and picking the first that appears. When people ask ''what language should I learn'', I always refer them to online random pickers.

http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/fruit_machine

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

I 100% agree with you, and I should have thought before posting this. Thank you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikuusi
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There are many factors that go into consideration when talking about what language one would find easy.

Presuming that your native language is English, any Germanic language like German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish would be easy. This is because English is a Germanic language too, so all of these languages share similar grammatical features.

If you have already learned Esperanto (or haven't) the Romance languages like Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Roman would also be easy. This is because Esperanto takes a few grammatical features and a portion of its vocabulary from these languages. Same situation with English.

In terms of time it would take, this really depends on you, so it's hard to estimate. Your motivation is a key factor. If you are more motivated to learn a particular language, you will learn it faster.

I hope this is helpful to you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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Danish grammar would be easy, but its pronunciation is a nightmare for English speakers (and most others, if I'm honest). German pronunciation is prefectly phonetic, but it features a large number of grammatical aspects which don't exist in English, and it's a tough first language to pick.

There's no such thing as an objectively easy language- it varies from person to person.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161
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The Norwegian course is very well designed, you might like to try that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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For an English-speaker, I suggest Swedish or Norwegian. I notice that a lot of the people here telling you how easy Dutch is do not appear to have done the Duolingo course in it. I can say that I found it considerably more difficult than any of the Scandinavian languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SusannaG1
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I think Norwegian is pretty easy, and I am just beginning to learn German. I agree with the other comments; any of the Germanic languages would be a good start. I have been told that if you learn any one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish) anyone speaking the other two would be able to understand you somewhat seeing that they are all related.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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For English speakers, I always debate whether Afrikaans or Esperanto is easier. West Frisian and Dutch are easy. If I had to pick a language alongside Esperanto I'd pick Dutch or Norwegian. Swedish is easy too. If you're up for a challenge, try Danish. It's similar to French in written vs. spoken language. If you want something easy yet more exotic, wait for the Indonesian course.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarlett_Lucian
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I would suggest Spanish. My native language is English, and I've personally found Spanish to be the easiest language to learn. Also, if you're learning Esperanto, that will give you an advantage, as the two are similar. If you're looking for something different, I've heard good things about the Norwegian course. I wish you luck in whatever language you choose!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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It honestly depends on what you want to do. If you don't have motivation, then it will make even the easiest language seem hard. I think that the Scandinavian languages and Dutch are probably the easiest languages for English speakers to learn, considering their relationship to English. But if you don't have the motivation to do Dutch or the Scandinavian languages then don't. It totally depends on what you want to do. So maybe browse on the courses page, try a few languages, and see which one you like best and have the motivation to do and choose that one. Keep on learning and have fun!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vasco948

Well,for me that my mother tongue is spanish,the easier one are: italian,portuguese(pretty easy,I can understand,even,if i ve never learn it),and a little french. The afrikaans is to easy. The answered is what language you speaks. I mean,if you speak a germanic languae ,is clear that swedish,german,etc are easy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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Depends heavily on what your native language is. Assuming yours is English, then another Germanic one would be the easiest. I'd go for Dutch in that case, or Swedish. If you want a Romance language, then I don't know: do you like grammar cases? Then do Romanian. Do you like verb complexity or can do it? French would be the best then.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

I don't know what grammar cases or verb complexity is :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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Well, let's give some examples then!

Grammar cases are in short, the way nouns, pronouns, adjectives, etc. inflect depending on meaning. English has this too, albeit much reduced in comparison with Old English. Modern English has three cases; the nominative, the objective, and the possessive.

Nominative: Marks the subject or agent of a sentence; in other words, the 'doer'.
Example: ''**I** throw John''
Objective: This case marks that a word is affected by the nominative thing in a sentence.
Example: ''I throw **him**.
Possessive: This one marks ownership; in English often known as the apostrophe 's.
Example: ''I throw **John's** ball.

You see this in personal pronouns as well: I, me, my/mine.
Same with who, whom, whose.

Now about verb complexity. Verb complexity isn't a linguistic term per se, but what I meant in context of French verbs, was that they are complicated; there are many tenses ('times' ; future, past, present, etc.), but also many irregular verbs.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you very much. Have 5 lingots. Sorry for your inconvenience :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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No problem, haahaha! I love explaining these things.

If it helps you, here is a valuable link, and this one as well. The first one is a glossary of nearly all important linguistic terms, and the second one is a grammar site that I use myself every now and then. It explains things in a great way, and I've learned from it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you and have a good day! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fischerfs
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If you're looking for the shortest course, that is likely Turkish, Japanese, High Valyrian or Romanian. Romanian is the closest to Esperanto out of the four, Japanese is also not on PC and HV doesn't have audio yet.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thanks :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore
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There is no language that is easiest and fastest language to learn for everybody. I would say Spanish is a lot easier than Esperanto because I'm motivated to learn it while I have negative interest in Esperanto. Your interests and motivations are different, so is the answer to your question. Find something you want to learn and you are much more likely to stick with it than with a language suggested by a stranger in the Internet.

As for the helpfulness of Esperanto, that may be somewhat true when it comes to Romance and Germanic languages but the further away from those you move, less and less useful it becomes. It's also worth mentioning that learning any language will help with other languages but with the same caveat. If you want to learn a lot of Romance languages, I would recommend another Romance language over Esperanto anyday. If you want to learn Chinese, the benefit of a Romance language, Slavic, Germanic, Esperanto etc. is closer to zero.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thanks :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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This website is great, and the ordering and similiar comparision might be just what you want: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/easiest-languages.html

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiriamPitt5

Dutch is easy and you learn it fast :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HenryJTyson

Thank you :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
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Motivation level and your native language dependent. I found that Swedish was pretty easy - if you pay attention as you go through the lessons, you'll realize that a lot of the vocabulary sounds like "drunk English mixed with drunk German". For example, "I want (to have)" = "Jag vill ha" (now picture a drunk English speaker trying to say "I will have", and you'll see what I mean).

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