The easiest language in the world !

We learn different languages, we need them at school and at work. But which one is really the easiest?
According to the U.S. State Department who groups languages for the diplomatic service, the “easiest” languages for English speakers, are the ones usually requiring 600 hours of classwork for minimal proficiency. In this case they’re the Latin and Germanic languages group. However, German itself requires more time, 750 hours to be exact, because of its complex grammar.

Spanish, 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 as the vocabulary is simple and straightforward. It is also easy to write, as it is entirely based on phonetics, meaning that words are written exactly as they are pronounced.
Spanish pronunciation is fairly easy for English speakers, with only ten vowel/dipthong sounds (English has 20), and the easy-to-master letter ñ. Spanish has fewer irregularities than other romance languages too. Therefore, around the world there are so many Spanish translators.

Afrikaans and English both derive from the West Germanic language family. Phonetics and pronunciation are comfortable for English speakers; the one wee hurdle is the Afrikaans “g”, pronounced like the –ch in Bach.
Unlike English though, the Afrikaans language is not inflective. This means that with some memorized vocabulary, you can build sentences as you would a Lego tower, stacking words without worry of
conjugation.

In Afrikaans, there is no conjugation of verbs (write, wrote, written), gender (think gato or gata in Spanish) or pronouns (my, mine; who, whose). In other words, you’ll hardly be a grammar slave if you take up this logical language.

French, like all romance languages, French has a few difficulties for prospective speakers. There are more verb forms (17, compared to the English 12) and gendered nouns (le crayon, la table). Pronunciation is especially difficult in French, with vowel sounds and silent letters.
Like all Romance languages, French’s Latin derivations make much of the vocabulary familiar to English speakers (edifice, royal, village). Linguists debate the concrete number, but it’s said that French has influenced up to a third of English vocabulary, giving it more lexical common ground with English than any other romance language.
Another romance language, Italian has the great feature of readability. Italian is written as its spelled. For learners, reading comes fluidly once a few new phonemes are learned ( like –ghi- or –ci-).
Italian words tend to end in vowels, which makes for really fun, flowing speaking, as you might hear in Italians speaking English (“that’s-a my-a house-a”).
Grammatically, the language follows typical Romantic structure, with gendered nouns and similar word order. One perk: Italian has fewer verb forms than French or Spanish.
Italian is widely seen as the language of gastronomy. Many English speakers like to “study” by reading Italian restaurant menus and salivating.
A fellow Germanic language, Swedish has some vocabulary common with English (mus for “mouse”, kung for “king”), and a similar syntax too.
Pronunciation may be a struggle at first, with nine vowels (like ö or å) and the sje- sound, which is unique to Swedish. Once you master it, though, the language is surprisingly melodic.
Students of the language gripe about the complicated grammar system, but the syntax shouldn’t be unfamiliar to an English speaker. In Swedish, the Subject-Verb-Object pattern is standard word order.
Also, verb formation uses many of the same patterns as English. The future tense, for example, is described with komma att + infinitive (will), or ska + infinitive (going to). And verb forms are normally constant, even if the person changes. I am, you are, he/she is would be Jag är, du är, han/hon är.
Factors to be considered: other factors can make a language easier for you personally to learn and therefore you should consider them to help you decide, here they’re:

  1. Similarity to your mother tongue: a language closely related to your own, and shares many grammatical and vocabulary common ground should be easier, because you get free advantage. For example, a Persian speaker might find Arabic easier to learn than Spanish, even though Arabic is considered to be a hard language to learn.
  2. Passion towards learning: If you’re enthusiastic, any language could look easy, or at least fun to learn. This in return makes memorization easier, and allows for quick improvement.
  3. Resources available to you: With the right tools, you can make quick progress and therefore quick results. That includes audio lessons, grammar and vocabulary resources, practice with the natives and so on and so forth.

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