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81. Posted by sue2007 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

maybe spanish is alot easier to learn ,but actually,it's so popular like english or other language?now and in the future?
why not learn a vital principle language?other than discuss what's easier to learn?

82. Posted by aristo (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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 would like so much to learn icelandic language, but in Spain nobody can help me

83. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

farsi language

84. Posted by Stewart47 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

English is my mother tongue but although basic English seems easy I have not met many foreigners who can speak it fluently.There are a lot of inconsistencies which are hard to master.
I studied German Spanish and French at university and have also studied Portuguese,Dutch,Russian and Italian plus some Swedish. Personally and surprisingly I find German the easiest by far ,once the basic grammar,word order and pronounciation are understood. Russian is by far the most difficult. As for the others I'd say from easy-difficult,Italian,Spanish,Dutch,Swedish,French,Portuguese. I found Spanish fun and quite easy but Portuguese very hard.These languages might appear similar but there are massive differences of pronounciation and difficulty.Portuguese even has declining infinitives and a difficult subjunctive. As for Russian,don 't even think about it,if you want to maintain some sort of sanity.

85. Posted by flaminjo (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

well, my opinion, spanish and english are easiest to learn and french is most difficult

86. Posted by giacomofra (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Learn English, the coolest rock songs are in that language.

87. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

OK people, we really need to start being a bit cleverer about this. English is not the easiest to learn, it is just the most widespread learnt language out there, so I think we should start discounting English. Obviously for me English is the easiest, and for the majority of people who start learning a 2nd language, it is English that is learnt. So can we put English aside and start talking about a language aside from English that is easiest to learn please? I am not being rude about this, but it is just a bit boring hearing people who have spoken English all their lives quoting English as being an easy language to learn. Now it may well be easy, I can't say whether it is or not, but can we decide which language that is learnt FROM SCRATCH is easiest please?

88. Posted by ceruleanje (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

I think the basic english is very easy to learn..and it is useful also for allover communication.

89. Posted by Mila87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I love learning languages. I don't think that any language is really easy to learn, and I don't understand that people think Spanish is easier to learn than English. Although I cannot really compare; being Dutch you obviously grow up being more influenced by the English than by the Spanish language, and I never studied English grammar.
I would say that English is not particularly difficult, compared to so many other languages.

But for Spanish; say you know all the different (past) tenses... Then you still have to think of when to use subjuntivo! :)
The grammar is quite similar to Latin grammar, but Latin grammar is the most difficult one I've seen so far.
(Well, I never started to learn Icelandic or Finnish or Hungarian ;) German is probably nothing compared to that...)

And even though there's so many groups of related languages, every language is so specific... I know more Dutch people that can't speak proper German than people that do. I know Spanish and studied Latin, but it's still difficult to learn Italian. I don't understand Portuguese for shit.

By the way, I love the Malay language, it is sooo easy in it's grammar! Fantastic! Haha, after being there for 5 months and a 'Malay in three weeks'-book I could actually understand what people were talking about.

Anyways, I would love to be able to speak 10 languages when I'm 50, I'm now 21 and reasonably fluent in 5 languages, I'll just keep on going... Are there any more people here with the same crazy hobby? :)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 10, 2008, at 1:49 AM by Mila87 ]

90. Posted by Mila87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting rbyslipahs

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 tried that once. Three weeks later when I woke up in the head trauma ward of my hospital...

There was a documentary programme on here in the UK about a guy who was extremely clever and they gave him 4 hours to learn iclandic. He was then interviewed live on iclandic TV about how he has learnt the language and he went on and spoke as though he had been speaking it for years. Incredible.

That is amazing!!! I'm jealous :)

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