What Language Would Be The Easiest For A Beginner?
Hi! I am currently an 11th grade homeschool student. I was just wondering what language is the easiest for me to learn? I know no other languages other than my native tongue which is English. Thank you all for your input and have a great day.
Languages are easiest to learn when they have a similar way of representing letters (or sounds) to the way that they're represented in your native language, so think about a similar alphabet to your own. They're also easier to learn if they share some history and background with your native language, so that they share what are called "cognates," or words that look alike and have the same or very similar meanings from one language to another.
The English that you speak is the result of many centuries of influence from various languages that came to the British Isles, as well as additional words that have come into contact with English-speaking civilization in the various places in which we live. There are influences from many languages that were brought to what is now the UK by such peoples as the Vikings, the Norman French, the Angles, the Saxons, the Jutes, not to mention what the people who were already in the UK were speaking so long ago, and from such places as the American Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii, where interaction with other cultures brought new words to us.
Really, you can't go wrong with anything that's offered here, but a good choice might be a language that is used by many people around you so that you can hear it spoken, and maybe even get some practice in yourself. Where I grew up, that language was Spanish, and it's the language in which I specialized in school and in which I have a university degree.
Good luck with your search, and enjoy learning.
I'd suggest you stop thinking about easiest and start putting more thought into which you will use most. As clyde_the_camel said, all the languages offered at the moment will be about the same level of difficulty, and learning an easy one won't help if you never use it.
Since 7.42% of the people in your state speak Spanish, and the next highest one Duolingo offers is Friench at 0.42%, I'd suggest Spanish unless you travel a lot.
I'd say that from the languages offered on this site, Spanish is grammatically the easiest, and also not that hard to pronounce, so I'd say it's the easiest choice.
German, on the other hand, is a germanic language like English, so it might be easier for you to understand/remember some words that are similar, but it's grammatically harder, especially because of the noun cases and genders (the German equivalents of the articles "the" and "a" change with the gender of the noun and with the role of the noun in the sentence). I might be wrong though - I can speak both German and English as foreign languages and I see quite a lot of similarities there, but I don't know how it would seem to an English native speaker.
As for French, many English words come from that language, but they are prononuced differently in French, and the language is also quite complicated to master, because it has so many tenses and idiomatic phrases.
And basically, I agree with clyde_the_camel - you can't go wrong with any language offered here, and you might also want to consider the usefulness of that language for you.
since you are in the US, I highly recommend spanish. i'm in tennessee, and i want to learn spanish because there are Tons of spanish speaking people in my city. It definitely gives me an opportunity to practice more often, and motivation, because i want to be able to speak to my neighbors. Unless you plan on traveling/moving to Europe or Africa or Canada soon, Spanish will probably be way more useful.
You are in the US and i believe there are a lot of Spanish speakers there. So i would have to suggest that one. If you really want to use a foreign language, that would probably be the best one.
I would also recommend French. So much of the vocabulary of English derives from French, i started studying French and was amazed at the similarities with English. Even if the word is not exactly the same, there are often the roots of a similar English word in there. The similarities with English mean that it is somewhat easier to learn as some of the words aren't 100% foreign. I think in that sense it is easier than other languages, but all the languages on here are not 'easy' so you have to make sure you are passionate about your chosen language and you will keep studying even during those periods when it becomes difficult.
Esperanto is said to be the easiest language to learn, because it is simple and does not contain a lot of grammar rules.
For English speakers I think a language which is close related can be easier to learn than others.
But in the end it depends on your motivation for the language you wish to learn. :)
I think that the language you are the most motivated and interested in will be the "easiest" but there is no such thing as an easy language (although some are closer to the English language than others) every language requires work and you will never learn it overnight. I think you should do a little research on the languages that you can learn and maybe listen to them to see which you think sounds best.
I am guessing that you are in the US so Spanish will be the most useful I think because there are a lot of Spanish speakers.
Esperanto, German, or Spanish would probably be the best choices, being an English speaking American. I'd say do Esperanto first, at least for a couple of weeks, and you'll learn a lot about how languages work and how they contrast from one another. Also, if you want to know a lot of languages, study linguistics. Wikipedia alone has a lot to teach you, or anyone for that matter.