The Easiest Languages to Learn

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Although many articles are discussing the easiest languages to learn, some languages are common to most of the lists of the easiest to learn. It is difficult to determine which are the easiest languages because of the subjectivity of this question due to different factors such as what is the native language of the learner, the pre-knowledge about other languages, motivation, and passion to study. According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the United States, other than English, the easiest languages to learn are Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish.

The primary basis of why it is easy to learn is that these languages are almost similar to the English language. However, it is important to remember that it still depends on the learner’s capacity and judgment. Most of the literature and fora about this topic based this answer on the similarity with English.

Common reasons why they are easy to learn

  • These languages are more similar to English and FSI’s estimated duration of learning them is around 600-750 hours or 24 weeks.
  • The writing systems and pronunciation for these languages are almost similar to English.
  • Most of the vocabulary is quite the same as the English language.
  • The rules in grammar, word order, and sentence structures are like in English.
  • The spelling of most words and cognates is almost exactly similar to English.
  • Among these languages most of the comments and findings, Spanish, French, and Italian are the easiest among others.

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