https://www.duolingo.com/josephkt

is spanish the easiest foreign language?

i have heard this so much times it's mostly hype to sell language software well for me Spanish is a beautiful language with a easier pronounciation than others which helps but their is more to a language than it's pronounciation and spanish grammar is not that easy or that difficult overall Spanish is similar to ,french',Italian and Portuguese but it is as easy or hard as them depends on the person but i don't think is any overwhelming more easier to learn. each one of them has things that are easier and difficult

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneKidJosh

Western Frisian is probably the easiest foreign language for a native English speaker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ana_81
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Spanish easy? Then I wonder why I seldom hear a stranger who is able to speak in proper Spanish. They tend to butcher it in the most joyful manner, particularly ambassadors. I usually find it very hard to understand what they're trying to say. Easily the most underrated among the most popular languages.

From what you say, I'm sure you are not one of those. I agree with you in that every language can be easier or rather difficult. For example, as a child I found terribly easy to learn to conjugate verbs in English, but I had a hard time trying to understand all the different compound forms... Learning a language always demands a lot of effort.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I learned French before Spanish, so I think it's the easiest (if you're not counting English as a foreign language), though they're about the same difficulty. Spanish has easier pronunciation and accent usage. French has easier grammar, only one verb for "to be", no "por/para", and less regional difference

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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For a native English speaker, the easiest foreign lang probably would be West Frisian/Dutch/Afrikaans is all things were equal. But due to logistics I do agree that Spanish is the easiest, from availability alone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I think that Swedish is also really easy, since it has many similar words and no verb conjugation in present tense

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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People need to stop downvoting these posts. This is a legitimate question and phrased in a respectful and honest way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph2
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I can't believe people would even begin to consider Dutch easier than Spanish. The syntax alone, not to get into the random word genders, makes it tougher than Spanish. Spanish gender is really pretty simple thanks to unique word endings and clear pronunciation of vowels. I don't know anything about Frisian, but Spanish is definitely much easier to learn than Dutch is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

I can only speak from experience - and it's only a little experience. I did 5 years French at school; whilst lots of phrases and words stick to me, I have no fluency (That's a joke!) - I can't speak it at all!The little bit of Spanish I've tried seemed to come more naturally; but that's perhaps because I'm learning Italian, and as a fellow Romance language, it seemed to me to come quite naturally, once you grasped a few basics, like pronunciation. Having said that French is a Romance language too, but I still find it unnatural. This is not meant as an insult to the French, because theirs is the language I think I'd most like to learn.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mattaes
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The easiest language for an English speaker is Norwegian.

http://www.pagef30.com/2008/08/why-norwegian-is-easiest-language-for.html

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I'm pretty sure it's Japanese ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

The easiest language for an english speaker would be either West Frisian or Scots.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aemann

As a terrible speller, Spanish is a great language for me. In Spanish, if I can hear it, say it, or even think it, I can usually spell it. That has never been true for me for English. So, in one way, Spanish is sometimes easier for me than my native tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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It varies depending on the language you're starting from and what your strengths are.

If you're starting from English and living in the United States, Spanish probably tends to be overall the easiest language to learn to a high level. It has a fairly large shared vocabulary with English, and it's relatively gentle in its pronunciation and spelling rules.

Its biggest advantage, though, is availability. Many cable providers now offer the option of adding Spanish television channels to your package (far more content than you could easily get in basically any other language but English). DVDs etc will almost always have Spanish as one of their subtitle options, and will often offer it for an audio option. Amazon's Spanish selection of books and movies is far better than just about any other language. Local libraries are typically going to have a larger selection of Spanish content than they will of other non-English languages. Since it's so popular as a language to study, materials designed specifically for the purpose of learning Spanish are much more available than comparable materials for other languages.

As far as actual people to talk to go, this varies a lot depending on exactly where you are. There are obviously communities in the United States that have very strong pockets of people speaking Mandarin or German or whatever. If you're just generically considering what's available in the United States, though, it's overall VASTLY easier to find people who speak Spanish than anything else. I think it amounts to something like 12% of the population and rising. (It also doesn't hurt that many of the countries who are near the U.S. primarily speak Spanish, which makes it relatively easy to go on vacation to a nation where Spanish is the primary spoken language).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josephkt

well i'm not from America so that discussion is mute for me you can say i'm near to French Spanish ,dutch speaking countries and brazil isn't to faraway either

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maxseptillion77

Actually Western Frisian is a language in the Netherlands that is technically the easiest foreign language for English speaker to learn (since the difficulty varies with native language and heritage)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nettleleaf731

i think it is

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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After Dutch, Afrikaans, and other languages closely related to Dutch are the easiest, but most of the Romance languages come in second. So far I find Spanish easier then French because so far, there are no articles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/walejandromt

i am native spanish and i searching native learn or speak english, my whatsapp is +529171285845 and my facebook is Williams Alejandro, practice my english please!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/totallynotnikita

¡Hola! Yo hablo inglés...and I'm a native speaker! And I'm learning Spanish...what a coincidence haha!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/walejandromt

we practice?? please quiero mejorar mucho mi ingles

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/walejandromt

we learn english and spanish all

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Babel726

Oui.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoravSingh

it should be English :3 ... but that's for non - native English speakers . such as myself from india.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/meggycortes

I think it depends on what's your mother tongue. I'm filipino and I find it easy to learn spanish because half of our native language comes from the spanish language so yeah.

4 years ago
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