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What would be the easiest romance language to learn for a Spanish speaker?

Also how would you rank the romance languages from easiest to hardest for someone who already knows how to speak Spanish?

August 28, 2017

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago

Portuguese, even more than Catalán.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

Portugese or Catalan

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethBell02

Portuguese, I think.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Portuguese would be easier to guess at in writing but Catalan sounds more familiar by ear. Italian is also somewhat easier but there are a few things that are a little harder (the plurals, for example). French and Romanian are only vaguely like Spanish so you might only be able to guess several words but be at a loss for everything else.

Experience: I speak conversational Spanish and I have also been exposed to these other languages, I'm also learning Italian and Catalan.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

I'm a native spanish speaker, and I've tried every Romance language course here on Duolingo, this would be my scale, 1 is the easiest, and 6 is the hardest.

1.- Catalan
2.- Esperanto
3.- Portuguese
4.- Italian
5.- French
6.- Romanian

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414

Esperanto isnt a Romance language though. A created language cant be part of a language family.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/UrBoiChipsAhoi

I've tried Italian and that seems most like French more than anything. I speak basic Portuguese and when I first decided to actually study it/strengthen it, I was amazed at how easy it was because of my prior knowledge of Spanish. As for Catalan, I have yet to try it but I don't really have a reason to. I studied French a year or so ago and I didn't like it, and it wasn't too similar to Spanish. I've yet to try Romanian, don't have a reason to.

One of the other comments said Spanish and Portuguese were like English and Scots. Couldn't agree more.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Portuguese is the easiest: VERY close to Spanish.

French is close, but not as close as Catalan or Portuguese.

Catalan is also very close. I have heard people say they have stopped learning it because they were bored with it because it was so close to Spanish, and a bit too easy.

Italian: Not as close, but it's still close.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414

Portugase is extremely close

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisClingerman

French

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastiansss.

I've heard Italian and Spanish are pretty similar.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin

Considering pronunciation, yeah. But Portuguese words and grammar are more similar, almost the same.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Imogene2016

French.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Vasco948

Potuguese,for over all. You can understand a lot of portuguese,even,if you never studied.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin

Excepting Asturian-Leonese, Galician and Aragonese, not in Duolingo.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/neio75

Definetly Portuguese

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin

I'll mark languages available in Duolingo:

  1. Asturian-Leonese 2. Aragonese 3. Galician 4. Portuguese 5. Catalan 6. Occitan 7. Gallo-Italian 8. Other Northern Italian languages 9.. Rumansh 10. Italian 11. French 12. Other Oil languages and Southern Italian languages 13. Sardininan 14. Romanian languages.

A note: Only considering pronunciation, Italian is 4, Portuguese would be 11 or 12, Romanian 9 or 10 and French 14.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

Here is a map of the lexical distances between european languages

https://elms.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/lexicaldistanceielangs.jpg

  • Portugese, Galician, Catalan, Povencal are the nearest to Spanish.
  • Italian is next
  • French is farther away
August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

Portuguese or Catalan are definitely the two closest.

Italian would be next, because it has some strong similarities, but also some confusing differences.

French is a little harder, because there's a lot of influence from German, which makes it unlike the others.

Hardest would be Romanian, which is a lot farther removed.

August 29, 2017

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    By pronunciation, Italian would be the easiest for a Spanish speaker. It uses the same sounds so you already have an ear for it. By grammar, Portuguese is easier. It shares the most vocabulary with Spanish. I would rank them as so (1 being easiest):

    1. Portuguese
    2. Italian
    3. French
    4. Romanian
    August 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lfsldkjjkl

    I'd say portuguese, then italian and then french uvu

    August 29, 2017
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