Top 10 Languages Easy to Learn
Here is the Top 10 Languages Easy to Learn
- Spanish is a major world language.
- Most of Central and South America speaks Spanish, as does Equatorial Guinea in Africa and, err, Spain.
- Simply put, you learn Spanish and you’re unlocking a heck of a lot of the world for yourself.
- Just about everybody living in the USA has access to Spanish-language cable TV, so soaking up that sweet vocabulary is super-easy.
- Supremely easy to access.
- Portuguese is closely-related to Spanish, with all the advantages that entails.
- In our high school analogy, Portuguese is basically Spanish’s shy but friendly cousin everyone secretly has the hots for.
- The flip-side of this is that if you already know Spanish then Portuguese is harder to initially get to grips with.
- This is because the two languages are stuffed with ‘false friends’, words that sound identical but carry very different meanings.
- If a language falls into the ‘romance’ category, then it’s gonna be easy for you to master.
- And ‘romance’ is a category French doesn’t just belong to; it’s a way of summing up France’s entire cultural ethos.
- French is the prettiest, most-sophisticated.
- It’s a language that once was perhaps the most-important on Earth.
- Today, learning Italian pretty much restricts your travels to Italy.
- Italy just happens to be one of the most-cultured, historically-important, and beautiful countries on Earth.
- Italy is the reason you can learn Spanish, Portuguese and French with such ease.
- Spanish is essentially just a bastardized descendant of ‘Vulgar Latin’, the language used by the grunts and soldiers of the Empire.
- Biggest advantage to learning Italian is just how much awesome culture you get to unlock.
- Let’s step away from the sunny climes of southern Europe.
- Sweden is a completely different kettle of (fermented) fish.
- A cold, snow-bound country in the darkest reaches of Northern Europe, it’s about as removed from our previous languages as rotten herring is from pasta.
- Swedish is a prime example of a Germanic language.
- For learners, this translates to a language that’s comparatively simple.
- Norwegian is the closest we have in the modern day to being able to speak Viking.
- That alone should be reason enough to study it. But if you’re not swayed by manly beards, manly helmets with manly horns, or man-punching your way across the seven seas, then there’s at least one other good man-justification.
- Norwegian is easy for English-speakers to learn.
- Another Germanic language, Norwegian shares all the positives of Swedish, while being even simpler.
- The grammar is close to English, while verbs are easy to master (there’s little change depending on the context).
- Again, there are a lot of closely-related words. Again, the rhythm and emphasis are not too dissimilar.
- In a broad study conducted at the turn of the 21st century, the Federal government declared Norwegian one of the easiest languages for Americans to learn.
- Esperanto is the most widely-spoken made-up language in the world.
- Invented in 1887 by L.L. Zamenhof, it was designed from inception to be crazy easy to pick up.
- The result is a tongue that sounds strangely familiar, whether you’ve ever encountered it before or not.
- Chances are you’ll find yourself vaguely understanding bits and pieces of it.
- In lists like this, we wouldn’t usually include a made-up language, because that way madness lies.
- But Esperanto is in a different league.
- Around 2 million people have some knowledge of it, and it’s estimated that up to 1,000 families may be ‘native’ speakers.
- The language spoken by the descendants of Dutch famers in South Africa and Namibia, Afrikaans has a long and turbulent history.
- For some Boers, it is an integral part of their identity, a way of planting their flag in a culture that has changed seismically over the last 20 years.
- Afrikaans exists somewhere between Dutch and English, while being simpler than both.
- The grammar is logical and consistent, with none of the weird exceptions English insists on throwing in.
- The verbs are also super-easy.
- Again, Afrikaans isn’t a great traveling language.
- You’re pretty much restricted to just two countries in southern Africa.
- On the other hand, if you’ve ever wanted to understand Boer culture or to spend extended time in South Africa, it would almost be crazy not to learn it.
- It’s a pretty obscure tongue.
- Frisian and English were basically the same darn thing until comparatively recently.
- The two languages only started evolving independently 1,200 years ago, a long time in terms of getting over your last breakup, but next to nothing on the linguistic timescale.
- Even today, Frisians like to drop the old saying “good butter and good cheese, is good English and good Fries” into conversation.
- In both English and Fries, the sentence sounds identical.
- Dutch is considered by linguists to be the easiest major language for English speakers to understand.
- It is spoken in the Netherlands (duh), Belgium, Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles, with about 23 million speakers worldwide.
- It has so much in common with English that you can learn it in almost no time at all.
- This is the result of a happy historical accident.