Easiest Languages to Learn

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The Top Ten

1 Esperanto

To anyone who says English is easier than Esperanto, you have obviously never tried learning them both from a neutral footing. I have, Esperanto is a hundred times easier than the irregular grammar of English. And don't even get me started on the pronunciation in English, which is an absolute nightmare. I mean come on people, you even have spelling competitions on national T.V., what other languages do that? In almost all other languages, if someone asked how something was spelled, you would say "straight ahead" because it's spelled how it sounds.

Beware of heard, a dreadful word, that looks like beard, but sounds like bird. And dead, it's said like bed, not bead; for goodness' sake, don't call it deed!

Productivity of the morphology makes it less relevant whether the morphemes are already familiar to the learner, because there are fewer morphemes to learn. For example, you learn the morpheme "san" (health), and from it you can derive words meaning "cure", "healthy", "ill", "hospital", "sicken", "physician", etc. Even if you didn't know any language with a morpheme similar to "san" with that meaning, your learning cost is still comparatively low.

One can, however, imagine a language similar to Esperanto that is even easier to learn. A language without word-initial consonant clusters would be easier for speakers of languages that don't have those. A language without strictly transitivity-typed verbs would eliminate the need to remember whether each verb is transitive. If there is a language with the learnability of Esperanto and such additional learnability features, those who know about it can nominate it for this competition.

Within a month one can start speaking the language. The teaching book "Esperanto per direct method" has just 22 lessons one can finish within a month. Esperanto is such a regular language in its structure and so powerful that with a small number of word roots one can create thousands of words and can combine those words to new words so he can even multiply this number. I studied English for six years at the secondary and high school and I was one of the best students, but I couldn't even speak simple sentences. I had to spend another year in the prep school at the university to be able to follow the lessons.

I've only spent an hour learning it, but I can already read and understand half of the words in regular sentences

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2 English

English isn't actually the easiest language to learn for foreign language speakers, but is easier for those who speak languages more related to it. English is influenced by all languages on Earth, from French, to Greek, to Japanese, so English is a very diverse language. Although we have a developed alphabet, grammar can be difficult for foreigners. There's homonyms, nouns that are the same thing when written in plural, contractions. etc.
English is basically the only language I speak (although I can understand some Tagalog and Spanish), and I still don't understand the tenses of the word "lay" and how to refer to two people, including yourself, possessively (mine and yours? ). - ethanmeinster

WHAT I AM BrazilIAN AND I STRUGGLE SPEAKING THIS LANGUAGE. MANY FIND THIS EASY BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN IN A English SPEAKING SOCIETY. I CAN INTERPRET 6 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND THIS LANGUAGE I AM STILL STRUGGLING. Spanish, PORTUGUESE, Italian, Japanese, German, AND English THESE ARE LANGUAGES I CAN INTERPRET.

Most people who voted for this probably know English as their first language. English is actually very hard when you take another look at it. I'm lucky that I learned it very early (I was around 3) even though it's my second language.

So easy I know a lot of words. Like barely of all I know are:a I seventeen for out close you or else... - mathguy37

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3 Italian

Hi, I'm Iranian and I speak Persian, English, French, and Italian. I think Italian is the best and most beautiful language in the world...

Romance languages are extremely easy for English speakers, especially Italian

I like to learn Italian.

Easy tio learn with just 10 words maximum you speak well Italian, words like: Money, mama, home, pasta, pope, vatican, housewife.. It's an obsolete language spoken just in some Italian restaurants back kitchens or in Italy by Italian people only.

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4 Spanish

I'm learning spanish and it is one of the easiest languages in my opinion. Almost everything is pronounced just like you'd say it in English, the grammar isn't much worry, there aren't many accents and it's easy to listen to once you've learnt it. That being said, Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language, so I think everyone should try to learn it, because it's useful AND easy!

Actully, English is one of the HARDEST languages to learn! The person that made this is probably English so he/she/potato thinks English is the easiest - IAteUrCake

I'm learning Spanish with duolingo and I find it easy to learn but the grammar and word placement I find a little tricky but I know ill get the hang of it because I have Spanish speaking friends.

I'm not fluent in Spanish but I find it easy yet hard at some words because it isn't 100% phonetic because a "j" makes what I call a flem sound, that sounds like when u r clearing flem or something an a "ll" is ether silent or a ey sound but I wanna learn it because it will heighten my chances of moving to America.

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5 Dutch

I find Dutch very similar to English. So if you already speak English, learning dutch would be very easy for you. Good luck -)

Easy but kinda hard at the same time

Seriously? Wasn't Dutch supposed to be the hardest language to learn, next to English? You know, extremely irregular grammar rules and stuff...
Sure, it's particularly similar to German and English, so that is nice for those people >. >
Dutch happens to be my first language, so I might not be the best person to judge (Latin languages would obviously be way harder for me personally), but still... - Maplestrip

For an English speaker, Dutch is an exceptionally easy language to learn, as the two are closely related. If you come further into the language, you'll find that many words are built up from other words. Also there are many words stemming from Latin roots, which you easily translate into most other European languages.

Het huis - the house
Verhuizen - to move (to another house)

Snoep - candy
Het snoepje - the sweet

De grap - the joke
Grappig - funny
De lol - the fun
Lollig - funny

Een/één - a/one
Verenigen - to unify
De vereniging - the association
De student - the (university) student
De studenten - the students
De studentenvereniging - the student association

Contrary to English, Dutch spelling and pronunciation is very straight-forward, you only have to learn which sound goes with which letter and you can pronounce anything (except for... French and English loanwords).

6 French

I myself learn French and I have experienced it to be very easy. If you are an English speaker, then it will be way too easier for you. The only problem is vocabulary and verbs. If you master them then everything else is absolutely EASY!

Verb conjugations are pretty simple and so is most grammar. If you know at least one Romance language it will make the others so much easier because they are extremely similar.

Everyone says French is easiest because it's so commonly taught. It was the only foreign language I was ever taught in school, and even after all of that, I'm still terrible. - PositronWildhawk

It’s actually quite easy except for the pronunciation.

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7 Swedish

The grammar and sentence structure is quite basic for a native English speaker.

Extremely easy!

easy

It certainly doesn't look easy. Eight different pronounciations of the letter "o", or "ø", or "ö", as well as countless different words that look the same, yet are pronounced completely differently. - PositronWildhawk

8 German

If you suck at grammer and don't like it, German isn't easy, but if you like and understand grammer, then German is easy. It has simple and logical pronounciation, words are spoke clear and concisely, and are always announciated, so it is easy to listen to, unlike slurred and flowing languages such as French and Italian, and the vocabulary is simple and easy. It may have 3 genders, but the genders are based mainly on spelling, not on the type of word. Like Madchen, which is girl, is a neutral word, because it has -chen at the end, which is always neutral. So German is very easy, and it is fun.

It is easy, there is many derivatives to the words.

German is pretty easy.

German is acually not easy because if you say "Die Auto" then nobody will know what you are saying and if you say "Das Auto" then it is correct.

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9 Indonesian

As an Indonesian I have to say that Indonesian is the easiest language to learn. I have learnt, and, to some extent, spoken an awful lot of languages: English, Chinese, French, Italian, Javanese, and Finnish. By far, Indonesian is the easiest to learn because the grammatical structure is the simplest I have encountered. The other languages, especially English, Italian and French, have a lot of exceptions and/or rules that just have to be memorised. In Indonesian, you can scramble the parts of the sentences and it still makes sense. Secondly, in an effective (daily) conversation we use only 500-1000 unique words, albeit having a whole more than that in our dictionary. We tend to keep our sentences short and simple, even in written form. - Leonardo01

Indonesian is a very easy language. I am not Indonesian speaker, but I try to learn It. Grammar is very simple, orthography too and many words are from another languages. Some people says, that Malay/Indonesian will be in the future, most important language. - Mark993

Just improve your Indonesian spellings and this language is yours to speak. The position rules are not complex.

Rank 11 is still too low for indonesian language, it probably top 5 easiest language.
well if indonesia were more known country I believe more people will try to learn it and realize how easy it is.

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10 Norwegian

It's like Danish, but with easy pronunciation.

I'd say Norwegian, at least for Indo-European language speakers.
Germanic languages have easier grammar (except for word order) than Romance languages, which have endless tenses and ways to conjugate verbs. - PolishGuy

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I am a native English speaker and I've learned VERY basic Norwegian in two weeks. (Just the easy stuff like jeg, deg, du, some adjectives and nouns, etc) Sure, it has some different characters but they have easily memorized pronunciations and aren't even used that often. It's very similar to English and almost has the same exact word order! Example of similarity:
Jeg liker å spise pasta. - I like to eat pasta.
See the similarity? And the verb tenses are easy too!
Eat - spise
Eating - spiser
Ate - spiste
VERY easy for a native English speaker! Even easier for a Swedish speaker, or even easier, a Danish speaker! - SenpaiNoticeMe

The Contenders

11 Danish

Other than the pronunciation, the grammar is very close to English. And where it does differ the difficulty is either on par with English or even easier. Verbs only decline through tense and not by person, the definite suffix takes a bit of getting used to but it's a minor thing. The only difficulty is remembering a word's gender really. The pronunciation isn't even too bad once you get used to it.

Very easy to read and wright, but communication is very, very tricky because it's a mumbled language, and even native Danish speakers can have difficulty understanding it.

Bull! As a dane who grew up in England, I can reasure you that danish is very difficult. There are a ton of silent letters and you can't tell how to spell something by hearing the word. And we say our Numbers "five and ninety" which is absolutely ridiculous.

12 Korean

I don't really effing know or understand a bit why when my Korean girls now in their 20s now are women.

Boys that are now men. And my Korean girlfriend's taught me this language and I'm not just fluent but native in Korean language or Hangul writing system, (I wish I just asked my Korean classmates in high school to give me a Korean keyboard so I'll show everyone to Top Tensters all of you about more than 40 letters language of Hangul but it's extremely hopeless for me to learn the other Hanja, another Korean alphabetical language, really having a hard time to learn Japanese, Chinese and Russian! I guess that we never criticize anyone how many language we are both fluent and native and what video games, sports, mathematics, science, strength, wisdom, sexuality and skill. God loves us so much! The Romanization of female is baeyonlaego in English. (Pronounced bai-yhon-go or bai-yhon-lai-go) and baeyonleada (Pronounced bai-yhon-lai-dah or bai-yhon-dah) Can't even literally still ...more - JomartheGreat

This is the fifth or fourth HARDEST language in the world. NO WHERE NEAR the easiest! It has no relation to any European language. So anyone with a European first language should find this language exceptionally hard. Different speaking, grammar, writing systems, cases, the list goes on and on!

Once you get past the conjugation system, its pretty easy. It's kinda like English except there aren't any exceptions to grammar and spelling rules so its easier than English. Korean doesn't have articles, or two different pronouns like "he" or "she". - Madilinda

The alphabet is simple and for pronouncing, just watch a couple videos of Korean people talking.

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13 Portuguese

The syntax and grammar are almost the same with English - DubstepLover

14 Serbian

If you're American, this is hard as hell

15 Tagalog

Actually, Tagalog is easy but hard. Yeah, it is complicated, but sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard.

Really good to learn but if you go to the philipines they are nice to teach you and very good helpers

Filipino language is easier than Japanese and Korean language

On English you have to make the sounds correct. In Tagalog you pronounce it literally

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16 Turkish

When you finally grasp the word order, which is subject; object; verb, unlike English (which is my native language), in which English has subject; verb; object. Once you learn that, you can get into the language and it becomes very easy. There are no articles (a, the), which makes it a lot easier because it seems to indicate to no gendered articles (le, la, un, une, una, lo, die, der, das, more gendered articles.) And overall it is a beautiful language.

I've learnt Turkish and its very easy, there is only on sound to the letter unlike English and generally beautiful.

Once you understand the grammar, you see the pattern & it's not so dificult.

Notice how everybody who says English is the easiest are the ones who learned English before any other language.

English is my first language, but I can tell you that for others, it's probably nowhere near the easiest.

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17 Hindi

I understand but it's hard to speak it and also I can't write hindi or sanskrit

Not True! How can it be!

Hindi is quite easy.Though I'm born in a English speaking nation,I can easily spoke this language.

I can speak Hindi.not much.but I was better back then.I decided to make English my second language and be better at it.

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18 Japanese

Japanese, Because I'm Korean. Damn, do you guys really think English is easy to learn? Ridiculous

And you seriously think Japanese is easy? Even more ridiculous - PolishGuy

I'm half Japanese but it is ridiculously hard. We have 3 writing structures and we have more than 1000 letters and kanji (Chinese characters). Anyone who thinks it is easy needs to get real.

Japanese is hard because it's a language isolate. That means that it isn't related to any other languages in the world, not even nearby languages like Mandarin or Korean.

Japanese kinda easy for me I do karate - MarvelcampomWWE

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19 Afrikaans

Its grammar is easy, verbs never change, only two irregular verbs, no genders and similar to German, Dutch, English and Swedish. And it's spelling is simple as cake

Not a very well known language, but very easy to learn considering the shared use of Gemranic and Latin roots and practically no genders or conjugations.

Afrikaans literally came about as a simplified Dutch so it would be easier for natives to learn.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Afrikaans is pretty much the same thing as English!

Very easy to learn. Fun too!

20 Polish

Not the easiest, but not as hard as people say. Grammatical cases aren't that hard (except with numbers, but even Poles mess that up all the time) and don't bother learning the endangered Vocative. The Past Tense is so easy and the pronunciation isn't that hard either. Not every word is as hard as "Cześć". It's just a coincidence that "Hi" is hard to pronounce.

21 Chinese

People are really underestimating the easiness of the Chinese language! Yes there are tones and a writing system but it's just like learning any other language. You don't even have to conjugate verbs and/or nouns like most European languages

Bloody hard! Remembering how to draw different characters for all the letters - sryanbruen

I heard it's easy to speak, but incredibly hard to write.

I speak Cantonese, so it's easy! Writing it is impossible, though.

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22 Greek

I speak greek and believe me I still make mistakes. Is very hard

23 Persian

I don't think it's the easiest...but much easier than most people will expect. Persian is not at all related to Arabic (a very difficult language for English speakers). Persian is an Indo European language, the same language branch as English. It is a lot closer to Indian languages though. Persian has a little bit of Arabic vocabulary because of Arabic invasions, not because of having the same roots.

24 Romanian
25 Arabic

Believe me, it's the hardest!

Arabic verb conjugations do not make any sense at all

No shh Arabic is the best language ever - TheMagzo

So easy if you read Quran and understand it

26 Hebrew

ass

"easy"
what jewish conspiracy is this lmao

27 Latin

I think Spanish should be in number 3 to 5 cause I learned it in 2 months it is WAY to easy

Not easy but it has its ways

I would not consider it easy but I recommend to start with their N and Q words

Go to vowel,put the cons. at the end and add ay. If begins with a vowel already add way at the end - mathguy37

28 Vietnamese

This language is not easy at all. OK, well the reading is easy, and the writing is not so bad, but the speaking is hard as hell. It is hard to pronounce a word correctly.

29 Gaelic

I'm Scottish, and when I learn it on YouTube using ""speaking our language" I find it really easy to pronounce but remembering it is a little bit hard just along as I say the word or phrase thought the day I can remember it.

Easy language. I have learned quite well. Very similar to dutch and Scottish. You get used to verbs. Great language

Its different

30 Czech

Really guys? It is one of the hardest languages! So many rules, so many exceptions etc.

31 Frisian

Which Frisian? Doesn't matter, all Frisian languages are easy

Similar to modern and old English

That's in Netherlands

32 Urdu

It is very easy and if you know Hindi or Arabic or Persian it became more easy to learn and very rich in culture.

A broad Language eating almost every language's words,

33 Toki Pona

This language is basically useless, but it is undoubtedly the easiest to learn. The grammar is ridiculously simple, and there are only about 120 to 130 words. - cookie27

34 Thai

One of the worlds newest languages, it is not held down by different words to describe past, present and future tense.

35 Sindhi

Sindhi sweet language

Very sweet language

Sindhi boli amar rahe

36 Georgian

I know Georgian and it is easy to speak

Easy grammar - LuciusShama

37 Bengali

Its not easy at all. 50 letters. Hard to pronounce some of the letters. The spelling is also quite hard. Plus the Grammar is horrifying. Even English grammar is a lot easier than this. If I write some bands names now (In English) it'll be a lot hard to pronounce them. - zxm

Best language same like hindi and you can easily translate it to English

38 Irish

Really easy to pronounce but extremely hard to spell correctly and accurately! - JomartheGreat

39 Marathi

Mi marathi manus ahe

40 Kumaoni
41 Finnish

It's hard

42 Malay

Oo-(å in English)=(å in English) using AEIOU key in math - mathguy37

Grammar of this language is so easy
A:ü
E:é&è
I:ee
O:å
U:oo

43 Sentinelese
44 Uzbek
45 Swahili
46 Croatian
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