Easiest Languages to Learn

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1 English

No accents, only one word for the, only two versions of to have, not everything is gendered, yep, this is the easiest one.

English was easy for me to learn but diffcult for me to speak.

Actually, for non-native speakers, it is the hardest language to learn. I'd say Spanish or, surprisingly, Korean is easier.

Basic, boring language

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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!

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.

Why is it easy to learn? It is an agglutinative language. After you learn a list of 10 prefixes and 31 suffixes, every time you learn a new root word, you know how to express roughly 40 different versions or modifications of its meaning, plus combinations with other root words. It's like a "buy one get 40 free" deal on every vocabulary word. If you learn the root for "horse" you can immediately say "stable" "horse meat" "horse herd" "pony" "filly" "stallion", etc. Learn the verb "to read" and you know right away how to say "bookworm" "worth reading" "must-read" "legible" "illegible", etc.

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3 Spanish

It's Spanish or Vanish. - Dovewing303

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!

Spanish is much easier than Italian and English. Should be 2nd, after Esperanto

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

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4 Italian

Italian is the easier language to learn I tough my brother and he nows the language it took him just 2 months

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.

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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

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) - Cartoonnetworkfan1990

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

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6 French

Easier than English.

Freakishly similar to English... - TaehyungsGucciEarring

Speaking can be a bit difficult from time to time but reading and writing is pretty easy

This Language Is Way Too Easy - Cartoonnetworkfan1990

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7 Swedish

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

Extremely 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

easy

8 German

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.

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.

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.

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9 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

ohh

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

10 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.

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11 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.

It was easy to memorize

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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

Its good

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

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13 Portuguese

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

Very easy,i learned how to talk when I was 3.

Aww,come on,that was a good joke.

Should be on #1,it's very easy

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

14 Serbian

Easy for Russian speakers

If you're American, this is hard as hell

15 Tagalog

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

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

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16 Turkish

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

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.

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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.

Hindi hamari pyari ie Hindi is our sweet language

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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 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.

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19 Afrikaans

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

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!

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20 Chinese

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

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

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

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21 Greek

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

22 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.

23 Toki Pona

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

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

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

24 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.

25 Russian

So easy.
Didn't break a sweat.
From Nigeria.

26 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.

27 Romanian
28 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

29 Hebrew

"easy"
what jewish conspiracy is this lmao

30 Latin

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

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

31 Urdu

Urdu is dead easy if you know Hindi, Turkish or Arabic, an still, isn't much hard if you know English. It's a mixture of languages: the word Urdu itself is borrowed from Turkce (Turkish), meaning "Army" or "a host"

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,

32 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

33 Sinhala

Sinhala is a best and beautiful language.It can patterns our any ideas.

34 Czech

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

35 Frisian

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

Similar to modern and old English

That's in Netherlands

36 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

37 Thai

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

38 Sindhi

Very sweet language

Sindhi sweet language

Sindhi boli amar rahe

39 Finnish

It's hard

40 Malay

Super easy! Everything you spell is everything you say!

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

41 Georgian

I know Georgian and it is easy to speak

Easy grammar - LuciusShama

42 Uzbek
43 Kinyarwanda
44 Irish

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

45 Marathi

Mi marathi manus ahe

46 Kumaoni
47 Sentinelese
48 Swahili
49 Croatian
50 Isizulu

Not a well known language but in South Africa it is the easiest African language to learn

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