Learning German as a native English speaker
I'm sure this has been stated before so sorry in advance but am I right in thinking that German is probably the easiest language to learn for someone who is English or is from an English speaking country? (America, Australia etc)
I picked German randomly and I'm finding it a bit easier than say Spanish or Greek due to the similarities between English and German, early days yet and a long road ahead but I'm thinking I made the right choice to pick learning German as a hobby.
How does everyone else find it? Anyone started on here from scratch and is now pretty decent at it?
..... German is probably the easiest language to learn for someone who is English or is from an English speaking country? (America, Australia etc)
Maybe if you use the App.
If you are using Duolingo's web version (www.duolingo.com) I like to hear your opinion again, when you are learning the "strong, weak and mixed declinations"
Duolingo's web version uses a much better teaching method "typing words" than the App "Clicking on predefined words". And the web version has grammar "Tips and notes" under the lessons of each skill, which introduces new grammar.
Although my mother tongue is Dutch (a language closer to German than English), German was so difficult for me, that I had to switch to the Android App when I had to learn the "strong, weak and mixed declinations" After finishing both courses in the Android App, I switched back to the web version.
I really enjoy the course "German for English speakers" and its "reverse tree" the course "English for German speakers".
They are challenging and a very good foundation in grammar, if you want to learn more languages.
Thanks for the detailed reply! A good friend of mine is Dutch and he speaks English and German so well you would think he was native! However he said he found German easier than English so that proves your point Dutch is closer to German.
I like the way you have to type the answers on the web version more, I will keep alternating between the two :)
Well, as I know German has attached words. I mean something like.... You make one word by using two words to create it. Well yeah, Norwegian also has such things. As a native Turkish speaker, I can say that Norwegian is pretty easy and fun to learn, I guess German must be also so. However, the only thing that makes my brain annoyed, is those attached words....
And yeah German, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch are in the same family, Germanic Languages. So of course it would be easier for you.
(Sort of) native English speaker here! Between Swedish and German, I find Swedish easier. It's easy like English because it doesn't have the accusative and dative cases, yet it's also like German because it has some ridiculous compound words.
But I do find German more bearable than the romance languages. And I don't want to get started on Russian, oh boy.
Ich komme auch aus England. German definitely has a lot in common with english vocabulary making it easier in the beginning but the grammar is more difficult. For a native english speaker the FSI (UN) suggests german will take more hours to learn, but not a great deal more than other european languages. That said it's really juts a matter of learning some tables/patterns and putting into practice. Learning any language is going to be difficult, for me I skived so much french at school so I was more confident trying to pick german up again. viel glück
Easiest? I wouldn't say that. My first language was Dutch (until the age of 11), so I found the German sentence structure easy, but learning the appropriate articles for nouns, and learning how the cases affect those articles and adjective endings, can be challenging. And rewarding - when things finally stick. And they will. Have fun with the course. It's worth your effort.
English, along with a dialect and Chinese, is my mother tongue. I teach it, too. I am learning German at present as I am fascinated with it. I find it so similar to English, making it an absolute delight to learn! So, yes, it is an easy language for me to learn, too! I am also trying to learn Japanese. Though some of its characters are similar to Chinese, it is proving a great challenge to me.
I had German in high school and I found it quite tough. It seems fine initially, but the grammar is quite complex. I have since found Norwegian and use that as a kind of bridge and found it much easier. Norwegian is much easier to learn in my opinion, but I always think that the language you really want to learn is the easiest.