Learning a new language does not have to be difficult, but a lot of people often question whether or not certain languages are easier to learn than others.
n this article, we are going to show you some of the languages that are easy to learn and some factors that actually affect how easy a language is to learn.
Being able to speak a second language is useful for a number of different reasons and the only thing you should really be asking yourself is: “When can I start?”
What are the easiest languages to learn?
When we talk about languages that are easy to learn, we are talking about a really broad idea. Some languages could be easy to learn because they are relatively simple to read, while other languages could be easy to learn because they are similar to your own native language.
Here are some languages that could be covered by this spectrum:
Spanish is usually considered to be an easy language for people who are native English speakers to begin with. This is because a lot of the pronunciations are easy to learn. When words are written in Spanish, they are written exactly how they are supposed to be pronounced. This makes the task of learning Spanish language a lot easier than it would be to learn a language that you couldn’t even read to guess the pronunciation.
French is another language that is easy for native English speakers to learn. This is because of where the words that we use in English originate from. A lot of our words are derived from Latin and a lot of French words are also derived from Latin, meaning that there are certain words that you will be familiar with right at the start.
One thing that is difficult when it comes to learning French is the pronunciation of certain words and vowels. We would advise that you seek out the expertise of a French teacher when it comes to pronouncing certain words, otherwise, you might be pronouncing French words the way that you would pronounce English ones, giving them a completely different meaning.
Anyone who has unsuccessfully attempted to study German will probably cringe to see it featured on this list. But, German is actually a really easy language to learn, as long as you go into it with the right mind set. German and English are actually incredibly close knit as languages and German only has four grammatical cases. When we compare this to the eighteen grammatical cases that can be seen in Hungarian, German can definitely be considered an easy language to learn.
Other factors to consider
Your motivation to study a language
Whether or not a language is easy to learn is often the last thing you need to consider when you are choosing a language. This is because learning a new language is actually easier if you have a reason for wanting to learn that language. Having a reason will make you more motivated and that motivation will make you focus more on your studies and give you the drive that you need to keep learning.
Whether or not you have previously understood a little bit about your chosen language
A language is always easier to learn if you have understood a little bit of it in the past. For example, if you were taught German or French in high school, then you would more than likely pick one of these languages up quickly. This is because the information that you think you have forgotten will still be stored somewhere in your long-term memory; you just have to find it again.
How much time you can devote to studying
If you want learning a new language to be easy, then you should stop and think about the amount of time that you can afford to spend on studying. Can you spend an hour a day, or an hour a week? What could you do with that time? The more time you spend studying, the quicker you will learn. The quicker you learn, the easier your chosen language will seem.
Whether or not you will study frequently
If you don't have the ability to study a language frequently, then your chosen language will be difficult to learn. This is because we learn a lot when it comes to languages by means of repetition. You cannot just use a word once and expect your brain to remember it. That word has to be used over and over again until you can remember it as easily as you can remember words that are from your own native language.
Another thing to consider is the fact that you will start thinking in your chosen language if you use it often enough. By thinking in your chosen language, you will be able to keep up with conversations and read quickly. You will develop the skills that you use on a daily basis when speaking your own language.
What studying methods you plan on using
One thing that can determine whether or not you will find studying a new language to be an easy task is the actual methods that you use to study. Remember that not everything works for everyone. One method that works perfectly for one person might not work for you and that isn’t a bad thing, you just have to find a method that does work for you.
That method could be using a mobile application so that you can learn your new language remotely, or it could be sitting down and reading a textbook. You could learn a lot from going to a group class, or you might need the personalised lessons that come with a private tutor. We would advise that you try a few different things so that you can work out exactly what you like.
Is the “easiest language” a real thing? No, the “easiest language” is not a real thing. There are some languages that are easier to learn than others for different reasons, but if you have your heart set on learning a language that is considered to be “difficult,” then you should learn that language.
If you are motivated and willing to put the time into learning your new language, then any language should be easier than it otherwise would be, regardless of whether that language is English, French, German, South Korean or Arabic.