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5 Easiest Languages to Learn

Many people want to improve their intellect and social status, so they decide to learn a foreign language. Many people may not remember, but First Lady Jackie Kennedy was admired for her ability to speak several foreign languages. She was especially admired for the speech she gave in Italian on Columbus Day during her husband's presidential campaign. If you're thinking about learning a foreign language, there are five very easy languages to learn.

  1. Afrikaans
    One language that keeps coming up is called Afrikaans. There aren't a lot of grammatical structure rules. No swim, swam, or swum verb conjugating.
  2. Indonesian
    Indonesian is easy because there are no tenses such as past, present, and future. It has no gender use.
  3. Portuguese
    Portuguese is similar to Spanish. Some words like “foto,” “sal,” and “hyenas” are the same. Some words are the same except for an accent, such as “agua” (Spanish for “water”) and “a'gua” (portuguese for “water”). One thing that makes it so easy is that it's in interrogative form, just like the English language.
  4. French
    French is one of the easiest languages to learn. Some of our English words are French, such as “chateau.” You already know that “ch” sounds like “sh,” and “eau” sounds like “o.” The acronym RSVP, which stands for “Repond Si Vous Plait,” is part of the English language. The “t” in “plait” is silent.
  5. Spanish
    Spanish is the second most common language in the world, and most of the words are pronounced the way that they're written – with exception of the “h” being silent. “J” takes on the “h” sound, unless it is followed by a “u,” as in “Juan” and “Juanita,” which sound like they begin with a “w.” Many words look like they are English, but sound a bit different. For example, “hospital” means “hospital,” but is pronounced like “ospital” in Spanish. You can guess what some words, called conjugates, mean just by looking at them; for example, “violeta,” “el plato,” “lampa,” and “el sofa.” Spanish words are typically separated into two different categories, with feminine words ending in “a” and masculine words ending in “o.” This is probably why Spanish is considered the easiest language to learn.

So How Are These Languages Different from English?

Several of these five languages share some traits with one another and not English, and other traits with English and not others. The languages that seem to take on their own unique characteristics are Afrikanns, which has litle grammar structure, and Indonesian, which has no tenses. It has no gender words. These traits separate them from the other foreign languages and the English language.

Last Updated: May 20, 2015