Apparently there is no difference, but "makkelijk" is more commonly used in spoken language, and "gemakkelijk" in writing.
I was born in the Netherlands and lived there till the age of 11, when we moved to Canada, many years ago. Somehow the language stuck although I seldom speak it. When I do speak it it's with a heavy English accent, my language is "old-fashioned", and, when I speak it on rare visits to the Netherlands, Dutch people answer me in English. What made you learn Dutch?
Interesting. Had I known that I might have tried the Norwegian course instead of the Swedish one. You'll find that knowing Dutch sentence structure will help you with the German.
I was saying the same thing to a friend of mine! Dutch is quite similar to Norsk!
They're all northern germanic languages. And most of them are level 1 in comparison to English (meaning they're sister languages and take the least amount of time compared to other languages).
Nee hoor. Tussen de grammatica en de spelling is het best moeilijk!
Veel better om een kroket te eten. :)