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What language is nearest in structure and vocabulary to German, thus easiest to learn?

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February 16, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andu444

I would say definitely Dutch. The grammar is almost the same and a lot of words are very similar once you know the spelling rules.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ger592
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Thanks Andu ... that is helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

Dutch. Very similar structurally, but grammatically simpler. If the Netherlands were not an independent country it would probably be popularly considered a German dialect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stepintime

Hm, I don't think it would - there are major differences in grammar, while a person from Hamburg and a person from Munich use the same, e.g. for future tense: Dutch "ik zal" (which you could read as "ich soll"), German "ich werde" (or variations of it in dialect, like "ik werd", "i wer"...)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chooyo

I'd guess either English or Dutch.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MortiBiRD

Dutch might be, but I dont know dutch.

I never thought of english being close to german, but by vocabulary. I struggled more with the english structure than with any other languages that Ive learned so far. (But Ive also learned just european languages).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hochimnorden

Dutch. I started to learn it on Duolingo some weeks ago. It is very similar to German. There are differences of course, in particular regarding spelling and pronounciation but they are not too difficult to remember.

It is no coincidence that many Dutch people speak German fluently. Also vice versa, if a Dutch person talks slowly a German person (without knowing Dutch) would be able to understand at least some part of what has been said .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ger592
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Thanks. That's helpful and convincing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benjamen89

Probably English. Do you mean other than English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ger592
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Thanks. In fact I meant any language. I see some similarities between English and German. But I read dutch is nearest .... I wonder. Thanks


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