April 12, 2009

World's Easiest Languages To Learn

To follow up on one of our most popular posts, World's Hardest Languages to Learn, I decided to do a quick survey or what people think is the easiest language in world to learn.

Their responses where quite surprising, there was a clear consensus that Spanish is the easiest language to learn. Although this was a small sample size, I'm still surprised with the answers.

If there's another language you think is easy to learn, feel free to respond in the comments.

With out further ado, here are the survey responses.

Born in Tampa, Florida speaking English and started studying Spanish back in the days when middle school was still called Junior High!!!!

Spanish is the easiest language to learn because each letter sounds the same at all times in all various contexts.

It took me five years of formal study in a school language lab and three weeks of living in Chile until I was conversationally fluent and bi-literate (can read, write and speak it).

Tips:

  1. Start young and start your children even younger - experts agree that native or near-native pronunciation is the product of early language learning.
  2. With Spanish, once you master the sounds of the consonants, the consonant blends and the vowels, the rest is simply putting it together because, unlike English, what you see is what you get with Spanish!
  3. Practice rolling your Rs so you sound like a native with that one simple trick. It's a trilling of the tongue up on the roof of your mouth. Do an internet search for other clever ways to practice that rolling of the Rs!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!


-Beth Butler
Founder of The Boca Beth Program

Raise A Bilingual Child the Fun & Easy Way!

www.BocaBeth.com


Not meaning to be flip, the easiest language for me to learn was "animal", especially canine.

I didn't get my first dog until I was in my 30's and found that I was able to communicate with him right away -- without any books, tapes, videos, Rosetta Stone, etc. Among other things, he told me when he needed to go out, wanted to be fed, to fill his water bowl and play with him. And when I responded to him correctly, he rewarded me with love and licks. What a great way to learn a new language! And, amazingly, he understood English! Asking him "do you want to go out?", he always responded with a canine "yes."

Further, I came to understand that dogs were able to understand many human languages. Quick illustration -- a friend found a dog in a park having a collar with a tags and brought it home, seeking to find its human from there. She remarked that although the dog had tags that it appeared not to be trained because every time she asked/commanded it to sit, it wouldn't. Observing the situation, I asked what made her think that the dog's human spoke English? And, so with a lit light bulb above her head, she commanded the dog to sit in Spanish, which the dog promptly did!

With regards -- and a woof to you!

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Esperanto. I learned it fluently -- I can hold conversations of
indefinite length without translating. The grammatical regularity and
the affixes that let you create words on the fly really make it easier
to start reading, and to start *producing* it.

http://www.esperanto-usa.org
-David Wolff


Without being too facetious I'd have say that the THIRD language you learn is the easiest as long as they're all similar, such as romance languages.

I'm a native English speaker who began my foreign language studies learning French because of my French-Canadian ancestry and my geographic proximity (at the time) to Montreal. Now bits of Spanish is easy for me to pick up because so many French and English words are similar in sound or spelling to Spanish. Am I fluent in French or Spanish? No, but if I wanted to be, I have no doubt I could with a little effort.


-Mel. Edwards
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Spanish for sure: it all makes sense, it rolls off the tounge, there are no TRICKS like in ENGLISH.

The noun is described by the adjective.

-Kama Linden
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As a native Spanish speaker, I can told you that I have never meet an Englishman that speaks proper Spanish. Well, only once, a teacher of the British Council who was married to a Spaniard an had lived here for ten years, but he had a horrible pronunciation. I've learned English and sometimes my writing can be bad (I don't write very often) but after a pair of years working at Scotland I have developed a decent Scottish accent. Mastering Spanish grammar is not a very big challenge, but speaking it in a way that doesn't make you sound like "Muzzy" it's very hard, maybe because our bad custom of using lot of slang (which change from one town to another, making it crazier).

I also speak Basque, and... Well if you haven't learn it as a child (as I did) it can be a kind of labyrinth.


-Hector

My first tongue was Polish, I learnt UK English in 6 weeks from the TV at age 5, then had French and Latin hammered into me at school for the next 10 years, then university Polish. I went to Spain on a holiday and was reading Spanish newspapers after two weeks drinking San Miguel. I visited Brazil a couple of years later and was discussing plumbing systems after a week. Spanish is one of the easiest languages in the world as far as as vocab and grammar is concerned. Where pronunciation does not affect meaning (say Chinese or African languages), proper pronunciation is not key to comprehension.


-JK

Well there you have it, let us know what other languages are easy to learn in the comments below.

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