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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?

Cheers :)

August 26, 2017



..... 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"


I will have a look, I'm guessing I'm judging too soon!

Is it a good idea to prioritise the web version over the App?


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 :)


Close does not equal easy to learn. I've heard that Portuguese is really hard for Spanish speakers to learn (and vice versa) because they're just far enough apart to shoot learners in the foot whenever they lean on their mother tongue.


And there can be a big difference between speaking and reading. I've never studied Portuguese but can read some of it with the Spanish that I know. However, I can understand almost nothing when I hear it spoken.


Yes, judging far too, too soon! :D. As for web or App version, use both. There are advantages to each one. Good luck.


Thanks Vesna! Will do :)


You're welcome. :)


Also try the reverse tree when you have finished, It really is a good idea, and it teaches you a lot more, The grammar is the hardest part about it in my opinion.


Thanks mate I will check it out! :)


You're welcome. :)


you will soon find that Spanish is far easier than German, even if the basics are the other way around. Look up adjective endings in German and casew. While in Spanish, you dont even have to remember word gender as it is obvious.


I will check it out! I see you have done some Greek? How do you find that? I found it a bit weird on here but maybe I didn't give it enough time.


Agreed! Spanish is easier.........even the irregularities are regular. German grammer is more complex.


Spanish and other romance languages are easier than German for English speakers. But it may be different for you. German grammar is very different than English grammar.


I find Spanish easier as well, both because of the grammer and because the pronunciation is easier for me to get my mouth around, but German is really interesting!


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.


I had a look at danish & Norwegian and they seemed similar to German also, then again I've only looked at the very start of the courses so I'm sure as you progress past basic words it becomes very different! Cheers for the reply mate :)


(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.


I have done a bit of Swedish before and it's a fun language to learn, for some reason though I'm more drawn to learning German.

Haha I've not tried Russian but I can imagine it would fry your brain lol


I am learning German also, but I tried to click Italian. I just went with the flow and found out that German is very fun to learn!


I'm in 6th grade and I think German is very hard I was learning Spanish and it's much easier to pick up


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.


Acording to studies it take more hours to learn than other languages, such as spanish french, indonesian, norweian ect. So technically on average it would be considered more difficult however this was not by much


Cheers for the reply :) that's interesting I will read into that!


I think Frisian is more "related" to English than German. Dutch is also quite similar. Well, they are all Germanic.


Frisian? That's a new one on me! I will check it out :)


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.

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