Easiest language to learn?

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51. Posted by mira85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

well, I think that the more a person learn a certain language at early stages the more it becomes easy for him to speak it , the more a person is young the more the language becomes easy for him,the first foreign language I learned was frensh that 's why i consider it more easy than other languages i learned aftward(deutch for example), other friends of mine think the opposite because they were studying at german schools , that means that practicing the language is the thing that makes it easy.

52. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

that means that practicing the language is the thing that makes it easy.

Yep yep yep! Practices make perfect!

53. Posted by Natrushka (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I think the easiest language to learn is Italian.I was born in Russia and lived the first 6 years of my life in
Russia, so learnt Russian first.My mom is a Swiss and my daddy is a Russian.My dad and mom spoke German and French at home in Russia but i learnt Russian at school at street on TV etc.I welcomed my home saying dobriy den' and home replied to me "Bonsoir/Guten Abend".So it wasnt so satisfactory to live in Russia as a trilingual person.Then we moved to Switzerland and here i went on practising my French and German.I was really hard on learning French due to its accent and German due to its endless sentences which do not end ever.I regretted to live in Switzerland at that time.And then i heard someone speaking italian as it's usual in Switzerland.Immediately, i attempted to learn Italian and i had no difficulty in it.In contrast to Russian, it was very far away from difficulty.So i recommend people to learn Italian as it's the best language ever.

54. Posted by Miaou (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

It all depends from which language you learn it. From asian languages (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc), english is a bitch to learn.

I'm native French speaker, and English was sooooo easy to learn for me: so few verb tenses, so few exceptions, no gender, very few plural rules, etc. The pronounciation is quite easy too, just have to not pronounce the consonnances too much, chew it and it's good ;-) Speaking a perfect english is hard, but for a casual conversation, I learned all I need watching The Simpsons.

Now, since I think English is very easy, simplified, I think all languages are hard for native English speakers. French is deadly: so many rules, more than 20 verb tenses, gender for every noun, strange rules, hard pronounciation, etc. German is also hard to pronounce for English natives. If you want a challenge, take Chinese instead! :P

I guess Spanish would be the easiest, and most usefull: it is spoken in a lot of countries.

55. Posted by linguisttt (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

TURKISH!!!! It is Turkish, and researchers have found this!!! It was also found that Arabic and German are among the most difficult!!!

Read this:

A research conducted worldwide has established that Turkish children are the fastest at learning their native language.

The results were released at the International Association for the Study of Child Language’s 10th congress in Berlin, Germany, where it was indicated that Turkish children could speak their native language by the age of 2-3 years in a grammatically correct manner. Linguistics Professor Klann Delius noted that the Turkish language was easy to learn. “Suffixes in Turkish that determine person and tense are regular. Using them is like arranging Lego pieces.” According to the research, it takes 12 years for Arab speaking children, and 4-5 years for German children to acquire the grammatical mastery in their mother tongue. The congress held in Berlin is attended by about 800 linguists from around the world.

(Note that this article has been copied from Zaman Daily. To visit, go to http://www.zaman.com/?bl=national&alt=&hn=22321 or go to http://www.lingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=101 where I read it.)

56. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I wonder whether linguisttt is a REAL linguist... :)

Any linguist would tell you that this whole question doesn't make sense. Languages that are hard to learn in terms of grammar are usually easier in the sense that they have much fewer 'exceptions', while languages with very little grammar, such as English, are usually much harder in that respect. Likewise, languages with a tonal system, such as Chinese, Korean etc., usually have a relatively easy syntax, with little case-marking. On still another note, Finnish (which has a twelve-case system on nouns) hardly has any nasty prepositions...

I hope this convinces everyone that there is no such thing as a hard or easy language. All languages are equally fit to express the communicative needs of those speaking them, but seek different solutions to the same problem of limited availability of means to do so

Also, whether a language is easy to learn for you or not depends primarily on its similarity to your own tongue, as Miaou rightfully points out above. Therefore, French is easy for spaniards, while Chinese is easy for Koreans.


[ Edit: Edited at Sep 25, 2006 2:38 AM by bentivogli ]

57. Posted by Mexi Mexi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Well i'm a mexican guy...

And i would say that spanish is one of the most dificult laguages in the whole world , 'cause i've mastered the enlish language in just 4 years , and yet ,i'm still learning spanish even though it's my mother language...

Sad isn't it ???

58. Posted by T_I_N_A20 (Budding Member 35 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Let's see...

French : I go to a French school ever since I was a little todd, so it's not a problem to me in term of speaking... Although I make grammar mistakes sometimes... The grammar is a big challenge to me because I haven't really revise it in my elementary school to High school.

English : It's by far, the easiest language I've learned in my life. I learn most of my English through Internet, newspaper and TV.

Cantonese : I speak with my parents in this language and I'm slowly improving... It's hard when you don't pratice much.

Hokkien : Eum... I can have a normal conversation with people. I speak with my grandparents.

Mandarin : Currently learning it and it's quite similar to Hokkien, but the pronounciation is a little different.

Spanish : Currently learning this language. It's not so bad for a start, I have a lot of fun learning it.

Hardest language to speak : Mandarin, I don't pratice it but I love to say mei guan shi. No problem ;)

Hardest language to write : Chinese, again, lack of pratice.

Hardest language in term of grammar : French...

I'm trying to master all the languages I know and learn a new one hopefully in the future... I would love to try German. Sound challenging.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 5, 2006 3:06 PM by T_I_N_A20 ]

59. Posted by panayiota (Budding Member 16 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i grew up speaking greek and english and i think greek grammar is CRAZY compared to english! i also speak spanish, which i LOVE, and found relatively easy.

i'd love to learn german and french.......

60. Posted by sauronvold (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

myths: bilinguals think in native languages, translate the weaker language into their stronger one.
fact: bilinguals have more capacity for thought

Latin is the hardest language to learn because it's inflected totally flat out. so, i'd would think all romance languages are difficult to learn for they inherit the conjugation behavior from latin. but, for native english speakers, romance languages are not THAT diffcult because english is almost a romance language because of its vocabulary. i never understood why english is germanic language. german and english look totally different. also i never understood why french is called "language of love". i think italian deserves that title. of the romance languages, french seems to be the easiest to learn for english was influenced by norman french. in fact, a native english speaker who had learned only a little bit of french can read and understand french literature and newspaper simply through guessing the meaning of the words. now if ur a total blockhead, maybe not. also french has a very easy prononciation because it's phonetic AND has no stresses. so, i would guess that it would take about a year of exposure, and practice for english-speaker to be fluent. but, if ur some dunderhead, it might even take u ten years. as for spanish, i think it is harder to master since it gets mega-hard as deeper u learn it the more latin-like it becomes.
now, korean is not tonal or related to the chinese despite its proximity and cultural similarity. the korean borrowed everything from china. their real origin is somewhere in east siberia or central asia. is is assumed that korean language (and jap) belong to altaic language group which includes mongol, turkish, finnish, tartar. the basic sentence structure S-O-V is the norm. generally it is the easiest languages to learn with the exception of finnish. korean has altaic grammar and many of its vocabulary comes from chinese.