Easiest Languages to Learn

The Top Ten
1 English

English is very easy to understand. I was born in India initially so not many people understand English and many people have stereotypes that Indians can't speak English properly. When I was about 7, my parents and I immigrated to Singapore, an English speaking country. It was hard at first, of course, but gradually, my English improved. Many people spoke English, so I was kind of used to it. SOO, if you want to improve your English, just talk English often with your family or friends. AnD EnGliSh iS mY BeSt SuBjEcT nOw. I ScOrEd 89 oUt Of 100. BeAT tHAt.

Ok, I will beat it. I lived it up in China for the longest time, and I only spoke Chinese. But then, a hurricane hit and I moved to America with my parents. After a few weeks, I mastered the basics of English, a little after I was amazing at it, and it was my best subject. I got 100 out of 100, so yeah, ha

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? ).

Are you joking? Yes, the basics are very easy to get a grasp on, but more on, you have to deal with loads of exceptions to rules (I believe learning all of these rules are mostly useless as there are so many exceptions to them. I before e except after c? What about words such as weird, beige, and caffeine? ). What about the pronunciation of words like squirrel and rural (and let's not forget there are EIGHT different ways to pronounce "ough")? What about all of those vowel sounds (all 20 of them)? I believe most of the people voting this is because they only know English and don't pay attention to how it works.
Yes, we have no gender, easy verb conjugation, and two forms of vowels.
Face it - English is quite difficult. Not as hard as, let's say, Latin, Ancient Greek, or Chinese, but it's up there.

2 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!

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.

The clever use of morphemes means it's easy to multiply your word knowledge from a single root form because all the endings are regular. You can't do that in English. For language learners, Esperanto makes the right choice as it gives you the tools to learn languages quickly. One TED talk compares it to a recorder versus a bassoon. One is easier than the other, teaches you about music and allows you to get on playing. If the goal is to connect the world and not get stuck in localized nuances, Esperanto is the best choice. I'm on the Duolingo Beta class and it's just so much fun. I don't remember having so much fun with languages!

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.

3 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!

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.

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.

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

4 Norwegian

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.

I am attempting to learn this, and I want to smash my computer.

It's like Danish, but with easy pronunciation.

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!

5 Dutch

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...

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

I Can Speak A Few Sentences In Dutch, Such As ''Ik wil niet naar school'' (I Don't Wanna Go To School)
''Dit is ranzig'' (This Is Disgusting) And "Je bent een leugenaar" (You're A Liar)

6 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.

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...

I am learning Italian through apps and it's hard, but still easy enought to where in two days I can count to 20 and know 5+ words.

Romance languages are extremely easy for English speakers, especially Italian

7 French

I mean it is pretty hard...like if you are in France, the accent of how they speak French is very hard to understand whereas, verb conjugations and grammar are fine and vocabulary is way too easy

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.

8 German

If you suck at grammar and don't like it, German isn't easy, but if you like and understand grammar, then German is easy. It has simple and logical pronunciation. words are spoken clearly 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.

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.

This should be higher on the list and the fact that it is not in the top 5 saddens and disgusts me.

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

9 Swedish

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

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.

Extremely easy!

10 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.

Indonesian is easiest language in my opinion. I learned Turkish, English, Russian, Uzbek, Turkmen but Indonesian is easiest to learn

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.

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

The Contenders
11 Korean

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".

I don't really 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 believe ...more

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

12 Portuguese

Easier than english, in my opinion, I learned english with 5, portuguese with 2. I'm not from US or UK.

Portuguese is easy for english speakers, and for spanish speakers too.

The syntax and grammar are almost the same with English

Should be on #1,it's very easy

13 Serbian

If you're American, this is hard as hell

Easy for Russian speakers

14 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.

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.

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.

15 Tagalog

A bit of complicated to this language. Since I just remember that I travel here. 4 years ago I traveled to Philippines to taste some street foods so...I taste them it was so delicious but not only ISAW in Philippines that thing is horrible and sounds like a chicken intestine or something else. In July 2,2016. I was practicing learning a Filipino language that I begin to speak and that was an amazing language!

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

As a native Tagalog speaker, I found out that my mother tongue is hard to learn for foreigners.

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

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.

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.

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.

17 Hindi

I'm an Indian but I don't think Hindi is easy language to learn a native English speaker cannot taught it very easily and it is one of the most difficult language in the world because here are some issues to learn Hindi and Sanskrit is the least hard language this language is impossible for learn a Indian too

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.

18 Japanese

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 isn't that hard I say it deserves to be at least at number 3 or 4 in my opinion. In other words Japanese really isn't that hard.

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

19 Afrikaans

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.

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

One of the easiest languages to learn if you speak a Germanic language.

Very easy to learn. Fun too!

20 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

Chinese is only easy if you grew up speaking it. But if you did NOT grow up with Chinese as your first language... oh my god

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

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

21 Greek

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

22 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.

You can't get much easier than this. 120 words, extremely simple grammar. How us this below Latin?

This should be in at least the top 3 along with ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

23 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.

24 Romanian
25 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.

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