Published : Oct 27, 2016

Easiest Language in the World to Learn

What is the easiest language in the world to learn? This is a question that often comes up from prospective clients, but unfortunately the answer is not that simple. There are a few caveats to this.  

The first one to consider is your native language. If you are an English speaker certain languages will be easier to learn. For example, an English speaking person would find learning Spanish easier than a Vietnamese person learning Icelandic. Certain languages have common roots making it easier to absorb for the learner. Grammar, syntax, and vocabulary with similar roots will give you an edge when trying to develop your bilingual language skills.

Another factor is motivation. If you are fully invested in learning a second language it will be a little easier than if you were learning it because you were being directed for work or school. Time outside of your regular schedule to absorb more of that language is possible by watching movies, listening to music or reading in the language of your choice.

Any language is easy to learn if you have the right program and are motivated enough to stick with it until the results begin to flow, but science has stepped in and helped us to decide the easiest languages for the native English speaker.

This list of languages comes from an American government organization that classified the easiest languages to learn for its foreign diplomats and workers. They are in no particular order:

  • Afrikaans

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • French

  • Italian

  • Norwegian

  • Portuguese

  • Romanian

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

The above languages all share a common link to English, making it easier to learn. However, each person will have a different experience of what is easy.

The easiest language for any speakers in the world to learn is Esperanto. This language was specifically designed to be easy to learn so that the world could have one common language. It is as easy for an English speaker to learn as it would be for a Russian or a Chinese speaker. Originally conceived in 1887 by a Polish ophthalmologist L.L. Zamenhof, It was hoped that Esperanto would be picked up in schools around the globe and taught as a second language. This never materialized despite it being the technically easiest language in the world to learn but there is a vibrant community of Esperanto speakers around the world that still use it to this day.

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