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11. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Quoting angela_

Icelandic has the gender thing as well and we have 4 conjugations of every noun, most of which are irregular.

Wow...remind me not to try and learn Icelandic.

I have yet to meet a non native Icelandic speaker that speaks Icelandic fluently and flawlessly. Even if they have spoken it for 40 years....

12. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y

I speak Dutch (native), English, German and French and some Spanish, and I agree that out of these five languages Spanish is by far the easiest to learn. English would be one of the hardest to learn due to its utter lack of consistency. German is certainly easier to learn than English, because it's highly consistent, though the 32 possible conjugations of the nouns and adjectives plus the four cases plus the use of the tenses make it rather difficult. With a high consistency, only 2 conjugations, cases and odd tenses that are only used in a few expressions, Dutch is also much easier than German. That leaves French and Spanish...hmmm... The use and conjugation of the tenses in French is not exactly easy. Besides, the spelling of French is not consistent. Spanish has got easy to learn spelling and is consistent.

---> Conclusion: Spanish is the easiest language to learn <---

13. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I have no problems with English. I grew up speaking Mandarin, so I'm pretty fluent in it too (although writing needs a little brushing up). Learnt Italian on and off, almost flipped when I first started because there are 6 conjugations and god knows how many tenses and whatnot. But once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad. It was better when I started learning French, but now I'm rusty in both languages due to lack of practice. :(

14. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Cloggie

I speak Dutch (native), English, German and French and some Spanish

Damn, you Dutch people speak a lot of languages! In all my travels to holland, I've yet to meet a person young or old who didn't understand English. I think it's kind of cool that many Dutch people speak so many languages.

How does it work in school? When do you have to start to learn English and for how many years? And then are you required in school to learn an additional language(s)?

15. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y

Do you know what the worst thing about German is? It's not even all those conjugations, cases or tenses that occasionally drive you insane. It's learning the names of all those German sausages by heart! ;)

16. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Cloggie

Do you know what the worst thing about German is? It's not even all those conjugations, cases or tenses that occasionally drive you insane. It's learning the names of all those German sausages by heart! ;)

I just point and say "Bitte."

17. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Easiest language to learn is the foreign language, that you hear every day. That of course depends on region. For me English has been easiest to learn, mostly thanks to internet. Only problem is that I need some practise of speaking english, before I can feel confident about it.

18. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

for some people on the other side of the world would be spanish cuz its widely spoken/practice in the west (plus its in the syllabus too?)

but in asia..the easiest would be..indonesian/malay (adaptation of some/few english, spanish words)

19. Posted by capisco (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

i think italian is easier than spanish but it's not widely spoken like spanish so you cant practice it that often ....

20. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

So far as i know, japanese are hardly to pronounce syllable of 'r' as in english...

The easiest Language to learn: English (I can understand quite well Queen's English )
The hardest Language to learn: Chinese (I can't get along well with Chinese classic's although i speak mandarin everyday, why?)

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