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Easiest language?

Which is the easiest language to learn and pick up so that I develop the confidence as well as interest to learn a few more?

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5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/hqjb

HTML...sorry I just had to

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https://www.duolingo.com/liamtbrand
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Yessssss xD

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https://www.duolingo.com/eshaan96

Already did ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/nightshifted
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I've heard that Esperanto is very easy to learn, but since it is a constructed language, you might not find as many real life uses for it. Languages that are close to English include Afrikaans, Danish, and Frisian, but of course, it might be harder to find materials for learning them. People might say Spanish is easy, but I would argue it's easy to learn to speak Spanish poorly. English shares a lot of vocabulary with French, but it is a bit of a nightmare to deal with French orthography.

I think it's important to pick a language that you're genuinely interested in learning. If you have family or friends who speak a foreign language fluently, for example, or if you want to enjoy foreign language media without English subtitles, or if you love a certain culture and want to be able to converse with locals the next time you're there. That motivation to continue is the determining factor, in my opinion.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg
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I feel that Spanish and Italian link up nicely, so that might be "easy"; but it really depends on what languages you already know.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpookySqueeek

I think that really depends on you. Personally, even though I live in an area with a lot of Spanish speakers around and lots of print materials in Spanish, I find Spanish very difficult. Yet German, which I never hear and, sadly, would have little use for, seemed easy when I took a semester in college. I'm rather weak in grammar, so that may have something to do with it. You can always give the first few lessons of each language a shot and see what works best for you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/OzrenIlic
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German is not as hard as some people think. I would not appreciate other languages because I don't learn them.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

If your aim is to read a language rather than speak and understand it when spoken by others, for an English speaker I think French is the lest difficult because it has so many words that it are written the same or almost the same as in English. Of course, their pronunciation can be very different. The reason is that English has borrowed a large number of words from French and now the process has reversed, French is borrowing from English.

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https://www.duolingo.com/alice675

It's impossible to say because it depends on their proximity to the languages you already know. Also some languages appear to be easy at the beginning, but when you get into them they turn out to be quite hard. (This is true of languages with few grammar rules). The converse can also be true. The best thing is to learn a language that you are motivated to learn and enjoy.

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https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon
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I'm not sure why i started studying French, i just made a random choice, i guess. I am glad though because i do find the similarities with English really interesting. It is amazing how many words are similar or the same. It is cool because you can see where the English word came from, even with words that are not 100% the same, there are often the roots of a similar English word in there.

I don't know if there is one 'easiest language', what is more important is your passion and dedication for learning it. Try and learn the language of the country/culture you are most interested in, because you will be more motivated to learn and it will be easier that way.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

I often find when I'm reading French, I come across a word I don't know, I look it up in a French-English dictionary and discover that the English equivalent is written exactly the same way! I then have to my Oxford English dictionary to find out what it means.

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https://www.duolingo.com/liamtbrand
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It really depends on the languages you know.. I have been doing french for a while now, and I just started German here, but I am going so fast through it because I know Dutch and its very similar.. It really depends.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT
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I would suggest you learn Spanish. I've often heard its one of the easiest languages to learn. Besides I have a small loose criteria for learning a language which is, learn the one you'll be able to use the most. So if you don't live around a large foreign culture, the language you can use the most is the language that is spoken the most. Now you would think you just reference the world population by language and get your answer, but it'll be Chinese and basically the only place you can speak Chinese is in China. However Spanish is spoken in almost every country in South and Central America, in most of the Caribbean, Spain, some of the Philippians and the United States actually has more Spanish speakers than Spain. In the world there are actually more people living withing Spanish speaking countries then there are within English speaking countries. And with the large speaking population obviously comes a large pool of literature, music, movies, and culture.

I know Spanish already so I'm learning French now since their similar and there are many French speaking countries and the French are very famous for their cinema and at least here in America all the DVD movies, if they are dubbed or subtitled in another language French is usually it or among the rest. So I can practice more.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

There is not one Chinese language though Mandarin is the main most people learn, including speakers of other Chinese languages. And it is the second most common language on the Web after English. It could very well overtake English eventually.

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https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT
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My overwhelming point was with Spanish you can travel to many places with Mandarin you basically can only travel to one ,to speak the language. So to emphasis that point I said, ...the only place you can speak CHINese is in CHINa. I did look up a few statistic to write my post, which included facts about the Mandarin language, so I do know about that beside working with friend of mine who is Chinese and speaks Mandarin.

You do have a point about content on the web, but most people learn a language to speak it and Spanish gives you more opportunities to do that. But your point is still valid if someone is considering spending much of their time reading. The difficulty of the language especially writing, though, is contrary to the original posters request.

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https://www.duolingo.com/da.big.fella
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The easiest language is the one you want to learn. If you are motivated, you can learn anything. That said I think Spanish and Portuguese are a bit easier because there aren't as many exceptions you need to learn. To me, Italian, French and German, in ascending order, appear a bit harder. However, German is a Germanic language just like English, while all the others are Romance languages. So if English is your native language, then maybe German is easier than it appears.

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https://www.duolingo.com/eshaan96

Thank you all!! My lang. history: Eng Hindi Marathi Sanskrit ... How's Spanish grammar? Will i need a tutor or this app is too good to have one?

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https://www.duolingo.com/hqjb

No you definitely would need to accompany this app/site with a comprehensive grammar book/site/course. Grammatical rules are too complicated to guess.

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https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt
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Duolingo is great for every day practice but you will have to find a good grammar book (or search online). Reading about the rules and the grammar around each new concept you meet in Duo will improve a lot the level of understanding you have of the language, and it will make it easier for you to start using it. There are a couple of links that might help you, I haven't use them myself (since I do not study spanish yet) but judging from the french equivalent, they are very helpful:

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https://www.duolingo.com/pinkyismycat1119

To me personally, Norwegian. However, the phonetics are super hard for me! :( But, on Duolingo, I'd have to say Spanish or French. :)

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