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41. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting james

HTML is a piece of cake

Haha... couldn't agree more!

42. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 11y

English is not so easy. There are many grammatical rules. But it's one of the easiest to speak. And one the most interesting to learn.
I learnt spanish at school it was not very hard because many words are similar with French..

I have a friend who is learning rumanian, he told me it is very easy..

43. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Depends on your native language, if English, German is easier to leran, if Spanish or Portuguese, French or Italian is easy. The younger you are the easier it is to learn..less first language resistance.

English is difficult for Spanish speakers, etc. since it is not phonetic, not pronounced and read the same, however English grammar in general is very simple and the language is very direct..English is the international language of commerce and travel.

All depends on your abilities, spend several months studying a language abroad while conversing and reading daily, practice practice practice the only way I know. Saludos.

44. Posted by mindputty (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

I wonder about the most widely spoken language in the world. I know that the reported number is greatest for Chinese, but is that for native speakers, or just speakers? If it is only for native speakers, then yes, Chinese definitely, but I'd be willing to say that English is spoken more often if you consider second languages as well.

I think because learning a language is subjective, relative to the learner, you really have to say that the easiest language to learn is the language that is most similar to your mother tongue. For instance, Koreans often have less difficulty learning Japanese (Korean and Japanese are very different but share many words that have roots in Chinese characters, or "hanja / kanji"), but have a hard time with English. However, for me, as a native English speaker, learning French was much easier than Korean, and I'm still struggling with it.

It's always interesting to think about the differences of language and how they play a huge huge part in the way that we communicate and understand the world - for instance, when an English speaker learns Korean, they try to "map" their notion of verb conjugations onto Korean, but fail, because some verb tenses simply don't exist in Korea (such as the Present Perfect Continuous tense).

Another thing to consider is that there are 4 parts to language - reading, writing, listening and speaking. As far as reading and writing go, Korean is fantastic. I learned to read and write Korean (called "hangul") in about 3 days. Korean is great for that, because (with a very few exceptions) it is a phoenetic language, and the letter you see will always be pronounced in the same way. It is such a good language (as far as reading and writing are concerned) that the UN prize for literacy is named after the creator of hangul, King Sejeong.

The tough part of Korean comes into play with its three levels of politeness... which can at times completely change the way you say something... so much so that it almost seems like a new language. In English, you change "eat this" to "eat this please". In Korean, it changes from "mogeo" to "deusseyo" (rather different).

Just my two bits on Korean...

45. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

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)?

As a dutch, I would like to react to that, not everyone in Holland speaks english, not even close. All the touristic places of course, and you can easily live in Amsterdam for years without learning Dutch. *for everyone who tries to speak Dutch, who is not good at it, we just answer them in English*
And the education system is getting worse, so less people are fluent in other languages.
We start learning English most of the time in the last year of primary school, when we are 12? Something like that, in the first years of highschool, we learn more English, German (and / or)French and if you are lucky and doing the most difficult high schools, also Greek and Latin.
We just have all the languages for 2 a 3 houres a week, so that isn't really helping ;-)

After the fist year of high school, it depends which level of high school you do, and in which language you specialise. You have to follow English untill you graduate. But the exams are quite easy at the moment, you can speak it a bit, but most of the time not good enough.

I'm following an international education at the moment, where English is the common language, but the germans in my class, have a much higher standard of English. But we have learned German, and they didn't learn Dutch. (that is smart, because Dutch is an awful language)

And I am studying to learn Spanish, and I don't think it's an easy language, they mix up all the word orders, have two verbs for one english verb, *ser and estar for to be* and so many small rules and they speak waaaaay too fast.
But I have faith that I someday understand and speak it..

46. Posted by mira85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

well from my experience i can see that spanish is the easiest language among
arabic which is a very difficult language having it's own alphabet and grammar,frensh,english and,german
i don't speek spanish very well but there is a big resemblance between spanish and frensh and from my frensh knowledge i can understand spanish,

47. Posted by HO (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

spanish is much easier to learn in my opinion. well, i speak English and Japanese. It was so hard for me to learn english and it took me about 10 years to be completely used to it. i just took a spanish class at school and it was much easier to comprehend. maybe thats because i have learned english first. if i only spoke japanese and then learning spanish, it sould be much harder.

48. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

I am spanish, spanish is my mother tongue. I also speak english and french quiet OK. I am almost bilingual, since having grown up in the Basque Country permitted me to learn the language since I was very little. I have been working abroad a couple of times, and I can affirm without doubts that:

- The easiest language to learn is ENglish. In the second post somebody lines up the reasons why english is hard to learn. The english grammar is just so simple and intuitive, that is not hard to have a good comman of it in few months. Then dominating the language is far more difficult, but not as much as in Spanish.

- The hardest language to learn, as far as I know is probably Basque, and Japanese sounds and looks like a hell to learn!!!!

Anyway, these opinions depend on many factors such as where you come from, your mother tongue, the languages you have learnt, and so on... In any case this is very subjective, depending on each persons qualities to learn a language

49. Posted by busbybrack (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I definitely would not think English. Check this out (originally posted by Cupcake):

Reasons why English is so hard to learn....

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Not to mention text message talk, which I use when traveling with lots of people in different countries--even I dont understand some english shorthand- I always refer none english speakers to and have them peruse the dictionary so that everyone is on the same page.

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

Actually any languages could be mastered well if we could converse it as frequent as possible with the native speakers. In short, it depends on individuals' needs as one may intend to learn the verbal part only. Some may interest in learning the language as a whole...grammar and its linguistic entities.

It depends.

But to our realization, to get one whole language firmly and applying it accurately is somehow an alien to most of us. Good example: Fireworks display instead of 'pyrotechnic'.

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