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

Next language,,, but what should I learn?

I'm wondering, what are some easy languages for English/Norwegian/Sinhala speakers? I was thinking about teaching myself either German or French. Will my obtained knowledge of Norwegian make those easier? Is the sentence structure similar in those? Which one will be easier? Thanks!

July 29, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew41404

Both are great suggestions but i say German probably has more resembalences to both English and Norwegian in my opinion.

July 29, 2019

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

If you look for the easiest, try Dutch.

July 29, 2019

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

Norwegian and German (and Dutch) have a lot of similarities. Germans, in general, learn Norwegian quite easily. The other way is a little bit harder, as the German language has retained grammatical cases while Norwegian for the most part lost them in the transition from Old Norse to Norwegian. I could never wrap my head around cases during junior high (we had German lessons at school) and would always immediately forget how it works . I still can't retain what dative/accusative/nominative actually means, even when I read up and down about it. I understand it when I read it, but give me a day and it's gone from my mind and I have to learn it all over again.

Dutch is a fun one - to a Norwegian it's like a mix of Norwegian, German, and English. Plus some Dutch pronunciation. Dutch people seem to easily learn Norwegian, not just the grammar but the pronunciation as well.

French, on the other hand, is not a Germanic language and is Latin in origin. Then there's the pronunciation vs spelling issue.. some find that part easy, others the opposite. If you learn French them some of it will pave the way to Italian and other Latin-derived languages.

July 30, 2019

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

Thank you for the information, maybe if i have time, I will try Dutch! :)

July 31, 2019

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

Between German and French, it's hard to say. German grammar is quite difficult, but it does share a lot of vocabulary with English. French also shares a lot of vocabulary with English, and the grammar is easier, but you will probably find the pronunciation completely different to the languages you already know, so learning to speak it may be a challenge.

If you do learn French, that would open the door to learning Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese in the future - you will find these easier if you already know French.

If you're looking for a language that will be practically useful to you, I think French or Spanish would be a better choice than German. Most German speakers know some English, but there are plenty of places outside Europe where French or Spanish is spoken with hardly any English.

If you're interested mainly in the challenge of learning languages, you may find the German case system and grammar quite interesting, and of course if you find German culture compelling and are interested in visiting, knowing the language will go down well with the locals :)

July 30, 2019

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

I've started both, and as a non-native English speaker, both seem equally hard, but I see some similarities with German. I already take a Spanish class, and from reading this, I am now leaning towards French. Thank you :)

July 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarryWinsp1

i think german would be easiest because of the germanic routes that english and norwegian also have. as for french.... no. i am learning french as well as norwegian (although more norwegian because it’s a lot easier) and french is very difficult. the pronunciation of their words is NOT easy, for example: ‘oiseau’ (bird) is pronounced ‘wazo’, which sort of makes sense after studying french and learning that ‘oi’ is more of and english ‘w’ and ‘eau’ is an ‘oh’ sound, but there are other words that are even more difficult. also, lots of verbs change depending on who the subject is, like: i live = j’habite you live = vous habitez notice how that ending of ‘habite’ changes, and trust me, it’s not easy to remember when they have lots of different endings! also, the order they put their words in can be confusing, especially when talking to someone else in a conversation. however, i don’t want to scare you away, so i will say it has lots of words similar to english, like: camera = caméra well, i say lots, that’s all i can think of, but my french isn’t that great anyway- it’s norwegian for me! or i suppose english, seeings as it is my first language...

anyway, learn any language you want, but beware of french’s nasty habits. once you learn it, it sounds beautiful, but you need to speak good french for the french people not to take the mick out of you... i have a story about that actually:

i was in france and needed a toilet so we pulled over at a garage. i went in and asked “ou sont les toilettes?” which means ‘where are the toilets’, but because i was nervous i messed up almost all the words, but the man did understand me. he also laughed and answered in english with “first door on the right”. “merci”, i awkwardly replied...

August 4, 2019

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

It's true that French pronunciation is quite...unique. (And I say that as a bilingual English/French speaker.) But once you know French, then Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese are much easier to pick up in that regard. French has a complex history of changing pronunciation, much like English, which accounts for the sometimes difficult spellings.

The changing verb endings are actually a feature of many (maybe most) languages. English is very unusual in that it has lost almost all of its case system. German is in fact significantly harder to learn in this respect than French: not only do the verbs endings change depending on the subject, the nouns also change depending on whether they're being used as a subject or object, their grammatical gender, and several other distinctions that we don't draw in English. Word order is also quite complex.

Norwegian is lovely :) I'm also enjoying it very much.

August 5, 2019

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

I consider my english to be pretty much native, and because of that, french pronunciation is really difficult for me. But, french sounds beautiful and i am now planning on studying it!

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/No-One_01

I think german is quite similar to Norwegian and also a little bit to English (although it' more difficult than English in my opinion). I am native in German and trying to learn Norwegian right now, the grammar and also many words are similar. I can't tell you anything about French because I don't know that much about it

July 30, 2019
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