Easiest Languages to Learn

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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.

"Estas Esperanto facilaj? " "Jes, Esperanto estas facilaj."
English:
"Is Esperanto easy? " "Yes, Esperanto is easy."
This man made language was MADE to be an easy second language. It was made just around 1887 for foreigners to communicate. As, for example the American is going to know more English than the German visiting the US, if they each know Esperanto, they can easily communicate. So if next month you will be going to a foreign country, for example, you can learn this. Esperanto means 'hope', 'hope' that people accept it as an easy second language. Just 30 hours of devotion, not straight, of coarse, can give YOU the ability to speak with Germans, Koreans, Japanese, Turkish and more. Small groups of people in 130+ countries give in to learn Esperanto, will you be one?

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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.

English must be the easiest language to learn. I know it must be because I was very young when I learnt it.

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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 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).

5 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

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

This should be 2nd, I have nearly learnt it and the journey has been easy! - micahisthebest

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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.

German is pretty easy.

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

I'm an Indonesian speaker, and yes, it's very easy. There are no past tense, future tense, etc, and in a sentence, and you can scramble the parts of the sentence in many ways and the sentence can still make sense - FireWasp2004

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

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

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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

Some words sounds like Indonesia. which is in the 9th

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16 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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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 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.

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.

Oh please Turkish is the easiest language to learn. There is no article like the die das... You don't refer objects as masculine or feminine. There is only one irregular verb in Turkish and its to be also one irregular noun water. It's pure logic if you can understand the grammar rules once it's settles. Although sentence structure is SOV it's not that hard you can get use to it. And in every day talks it's not important if your sentence SOV or SVO. You know there are lots of Arabic, French, Persian loanwords so if you familiar with these languages you can use it to your advantage. It doesn't have a uniqe alphabetic system it's Latin script. Well there is letters like ı(undotted i) ö, ü, ç, ş or ğ hmm let me think about them
ğ > doesn't have a sound it's only make the wovel before it longer E.G. ağaç(tree) pronounce as aç like there is 3 a's instead of two.
ö and ü exist in German too.
ç > like ch in child and church
ş > like sh in shining or sch in ...more

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.

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