Top 3 Easiest Languages in my Opinion - Let me hear yours!

  1. Spanish: It is one of the romance languages, covering 22 countries with a minimum of four hundred million speakers worldwide. By many standards, it is very easy to learn for English speakers as the vocabulary is simple and straightforward. It is also similar to English because of their root.

  2. French: French may be hard to learn for non English speakers. But for English speakers is fairly easy for similar reasons as Spanish. French has harder grammar than Spanish but it can be learned fairly easy.

  3. Italian: This is another romantic language with very easy vocabulary. It is a very rhythmic language that has most of its words ending in vowels. Since its vocabulary is rooted in Latin, it makes it easy for people who speak the Indo-European Latin-influenced languages to learn it.

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What’s easiest language in your opinion?

English is pretty easy in my opinion. Serbian and Croatian must both be pretty easy for you.

Whichever language you are most motivated to learn. All other factors are secondary.


I would say french but that’s because I’m use to it.

@kcb It’s true that motivation plays a big role but I don’t agree with you. Because if you have same motivation for learning traditional Chinese and Esperanto if you are Spanish native speaker… What would be easier?

Most linguists and language PhDs say that Dutch is one of the easiest for English speakers.

For English natives, I would say that Spanish is definitely on the list, although advanced vocabulary is pretty different from English. French is in the same range of difficulty.

You should probably change the title to “easiest languages for English speakers.” I doubt that a Chinese person would consider French or Spanish very easy.

Yeah I forgot to mention that because it depends a lot of native language. But I think I can’t edit post title :confused:

Motivation is definitely not to be considered. That’s like saying that if you if you are motivated, getting a law degree from Harvard with honors is easier than getting a GED if you are not motivated.

Time required to reach equivalent proficiency in two languages is probably the best measure we have for language difficulty.

@cazasigiloso Except that a law degree requires a GED or equivalent. I disagree with the analogy even if it was fixed. To learn Esperanto would take a very long time for me because I’m not motivated to learn it. The point is that motivation is more important for success, not that there can’t be a convoluted counterexample. Whether the thing is easy or not matters little if there is no/little motivation. There is no point in pretending that ‘difficulty’ of a language matters when there isn’t the motivation to learn. You might be equally motivated to learn different languages in hypothetical land, but in reality that isn’t the case. Motivation fluctuates unexpectedly, changing the difficulty of a language dramatically. Staying motivated is far more important than how easy someone rates a language. Motivation is the critical factor in success.

So what makes a language easy is that somebody is motivated? I’ll be sure to go my English speaking native friends that study Mandarin and tell them how easy it is because they are motivated. I’ll swing by the FSI Chinese graduates that had to spend 3.5 times more hours learning Mandarin to reach the equivalent level of the FSI graduates that learned Spanish that because they like it, it is easy.

I’ll also tell that to the neurosurgical resident that did 4 years of college, 4 years of medicine, and a 7 year residency at 100+ hours a week that because he is “motivated”, it is easier to do than a Physican Assistant degree, which requires 4 years of college and a 2 years masters. (no residency)

To further disprove your fallacy, what if two monolingual English-speaking Americans decide to study a foreign language. One picks Dutch and the other picks Mandarin. They are both motivated and study/speak/practice 40 hours a week. Why does the Dutch student reach advanced levels relatively quickly and the other person doesn’t?

But no, all languages have the same difficulty, just like all degree programs, and all achievements in life.

@cazasigiloso You do that and continue missing the point. No language is easy. I never said motivation makes it happen overnight. Also never said they were equally difficult either. Only that motivation was the most relevant factor. But you go ahead and keep arguing with strawmen. Just know that I won’t be participating in your soliloquy.

@kcb: Motivation doesn’t make something easier or harder. The similarity of the target language to your language is one of the main factors that makes a language hard or not.

Motivation helps you accomplish goals, but it doesn’t make them “easy.” My major in college required much less time studying than Engineering students; it was MUCH easier than their majors. They put in a lot of hours. Although to be fair, most people in the know do know that Engineering is the hardest undergrad major for almost everybody. To pass in some other majors, you can literally just do an all nighter once a week and write some last minute essay. My lazy friend was like this, he almost never studied.

I don’t care if you respond to my posts. Do what you want.

“Motivation doesn’t make something easier or harder.” Good luck with that view.

I take time to respond to people that actually respond to me. I gave up imaginary friends long ago. You can keep talking to them. (Just don’t say @kcb when you do.)

I used to learned French. It is easy to read but too hard to remember the gender

the easiest languages for me are Italian and Swedish, and Romanian. I do understand much even though, I haven’t been studying for long

After several years with Russian, French now feels like a breeze with much quicker rewards of being able to read real books so soon. Shared vocabulary and barely any cases makes at least passive understand much less of a struggle.

@anejame Yes, French genders are really strange. I always get confused :S

The 3 easiest languages? Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, very regular, very phonetic, what you see is what you get, not many pitfalls, etc. (I left Esperanto and Interlingua apart because they are artificial auxiliary languages and I don’t know if those count for your question)

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I think English is the easiest lang or one of them (doesn’t have cases and gender) and then Swedish/Danish/Norwegian which are related to English.

The easiest language is also the one in which you find the most resources .And also it depends on your native language ( if it resembles it or not ).