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Is Spanish a difficult language to learn?

how easy is it to start off? I've heard it's the easiest language to learn, is this true?

3 years ago

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TheDanielle

Easiest is really relative to what languages you speak and also to who you are. I find Spanish quite easy - simply because a lot of words are SO SIMILAR to English which I speak, and also some aspects of the gramar (which can be difficult to native English speakers) are identical to my native language. Of course it has its difficulties, but in comparison to my English learning process - it is definately much easier.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDesmond0

okay yes that's good, English is my native language so maybe that will help. whats your native language?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDanielle

Hebrew

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoyHenry
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Spanish is easy ... english is difficult :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Some English speakers think Spanish is easy because it is spelled (and pronounced) in predictable ways and the sentence structure is often similar to English. Because English has a lot of vocabulary from Romance languages, you will find that many words in Spanish "sort of sound like" English words. (This is even more likely if you study your big SAT words and Latin roots!) My current Spanish teacher reminds us to just try saying an English word in a Spanish accent--because we're usually pretty close to the right word.

But Spanish can also be tricky! There are tenses and moods that we don't have in English. For instance, Spanish has two main ways to describe the past, and we basically have one. We also don't really conjugate verbs to the degree that Spanish does. We don't have object pronouns or reflexive verbs to the degree that Spanish does.

Don't let me scare you off. My advice is to give it a shot: write things down, take your time, watch some videos, play some games, read a bit more from other resources and decide for yourself. Expect things to go between super easy and super hard, and just practice and keep asking questions! This article on English Language Learner development might be interesting to you, to give you a sense of how language development can go.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDesmond0

very interesting, i will have a look thanks very much

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ray.fordyc
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Spanish is known to be one of the easiest languages to learn, especially for English speakers. Pronunciation is easy and the grammar isn't too complicated. I've only learned basic Spanish up to now but I find I can understand a lot of written Spanish too, but that's because I'm already very fluent in French (which is from the same language group) As with any language, stick with it and study hard and you'll be fluent in no time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FCBNavarro

To me the hardest thing about learning Spanish is the long complicated words. I think that's what throws off a lot of English Speaking People. I would say the best way to go at it is to cut it up into pieces and say it, then say it all together slowly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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for me only swedish has been easier than spanish, I would say it's very easy !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I can't say it's the easiest language, but it has been one of the easier ones for me. I think Esperanto, Swedish or Norwegian might be easier for many people, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trustbenjaminsc
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I've been learning Spanish for about a year now (using Duolingo to practice) and even though I have a really high Spanish exposure, I feel like it is a really easy language to learn compared to others. Starting off is a little tedious; learning verb conjugations and trying to wrap your head around subject genders might be confusing at first, but with practice, it gets easier.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDesmond0

especially the preterite tense!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trustbenjaminsc
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Honestly, I feel like the preterite tense is easier than the present. You don't really have to deal so much with irregular verbs. I guess what's hard about it is the pronunciation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/myriad1973

It is not terribly difficult, but every language can present its challenges. For me, Spanish grammar is a bit tricky, and I get tongue tied with some words, but you catch on after a while.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDesmond0

yes some words are very long and much to difficult to pronounce !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mephili
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I started Spanish on Duolingo not long ago and have had few problems. I had experience with French and Portuguese, which helps. Also, I have heard lot of spoken Spanish in my city of Tulsa Oklahoma USA. I live hundreds of miles from Mexico, but Tulsa is like a border city, as are many other cities now.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lexi_N17

Well it depends on you. For me Spanish is quite easy but for one of my friends, it is a hard language for her to learn. It depends on how well you can comprehend everything that you are doing in Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David598296

Spanish is a great language for English speakers because: - The rules are consistent - It has few exceptions compared to most languages - Many words share similar roots to English words - The language is nearly 100% phonetically accurate IF you speak castillian Spanish

Spanish will be an even easier language to learn if you've previously studied another romance language like French.

The only language that I'm aware of that will be easier to learn for an English speaker is Esperanto. However, you may find Spanish to be more practical as it has the second largest number of native speakers in the world.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karasexual

it is somewhat like french or Italian so if you know small parts of those it will be easier but i find it difficult and i am surrounded by Mexicans who speak Spanish along with my family and i am Mexican and still can barely understand a sentence much less speak a few words and if i do speak it i get laughed at because it is slower, harder to understand, odd sounding, and pronounced odd

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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It is very easy in the beginning. Esperanto may be easier. There are some language that are not on Duolingo that's easier.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Yes, no and maybe. Some parts are easy, some difficult. You can learn basic sentences pretty quickly, a lot of the vocabulary is very similar to English, but there are some areas that are hard for English speakers - two kinds of past tense, as mentioned above, much greater use of the subjunctive (I would do it if I were) reflexives in what seem to be unreasonable places, impersonal constructions where we don't use them, preposition usage, "two different forms of words translating "to be" etc. Pronunciation from written language is easier, and writing from dictation is easier because it is much more consistent (although not as completely consistent as you are led to believe at the beginning) My brief journey into Italian led me to believe it is also fairly easy, for the same reasons. Once you're beyond "I am am a penguin - soy un pinguino and Leo el libro = I read the book, it isn't all that much easier than other languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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Well there are some factors that you may consider to say whether it's an easy or hard language. If your native language somehow related or close to romance languages it could be easier. Your language learning experience also important, if you have learned any languages before your experience may help. What you are expose also play a crucial part, if you hear a lot of Spanish it may help you to get use to how it sounds but in my opinion Spanish belongs to one of the easiest languages to English speaking people or to people who knows English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kid_47

I am a native spanish speaker and I think spanish has two things: it is read as it is written, so that is the easyest part and have a lot of verval tenses, so thats the hardes part

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorgito12vanegas

quisiera aprender ingles

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorgito12vanegas

no hablo ingles muy bien

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicols719826
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Usted puede mejorar su inglés escuchando en este idioma, ya que muchas veces al desarrollar la habilidad de escucha (Listening skill), se desarrollan el habla (speaking skill) y la escritura (writing skill). Leer textos sencillos también puede ser de mucha utilidad, intentando también adquirir vocabulario, ya que esta es otra pieza fundamental a la hora de aprender un idioma. Te recomiendo que visites este sitio web en Youtube, aquí podrás encontrar frases y vocabulario útiles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7-nb1wlnyA Este es otro link que también te puede ayudar: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spanish+pod+101

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicols719826
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Es una página hecha para gente que habla inglés, enseñan español a gente de habla inglesa, pero explican muy bien el español, y lo que explican lo hacen tanto en español como en inglés, y ayuda a aprender mejor el inglés ya que dan un vocabulario muy útil.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicols719826
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Well, I´m a native Spanish speaker, because I´ve growth and lived in South America. Spanish sometimes has many words to define one thing, but the tricky part is when you try to learn how to use the accent marker to denote the accurate tense that you want to express, or for someone people the accent, remembering that English has many irregular patterns to pronounce one word, but you can find it easy taking into account that Spanish and English have words with Latin stems. In my country the people thinks that English is too difficult, because there are words that don´t have relationship between them like "to bark" and "ladrar", the stem is different, and the English grammar is complex for many people. I think to learn a language is necessary to adapt to the new language, and if you can try to make relationships between your local tongue and its branch, and the new studied language.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brandon756

Yes, this question has been bothering me lately. Spanish is not easy unless you are another speaker from another Latin language, bilingual, or learned when you were very young. . Vocabulary memorization and present tense conjugations are easy for English speakers because we share words that can seem similar. However conjujation and odd tenses and the correct word usage is hard. We don't have subjunctive and imperative in English really. And we don't need to worry about much conjugation and multiple forms if 'to be'

4 months ago