In order to understand which is the easiest language to learn, you must first understand that learning a language can be, well, is, a daunting task. Nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions (I hate prepositions.. especially the languages that don’t have them!) are all out to get you. Trust me. It’s tough to learn any language, but I’ll outline below a few ideas on how to find your easiest language to learn.[editors note: I’m about to get all philosophical on ya’… if you just want a list of the easiest languages for an English speaker to learn.. click here to be magically transported to said list(s). If you want to deeper your soul, read my fantastical written word dazzling ones of readers per day below.]
Why Should I Look For The Easiest Language To Learn?
Learning a language can be a fun experience. A new language means a new culture and new people. It means peering through the looking glass and finding a new perspective; one dominated not by our own prejudices or our old way of thinking, but by the history of another people. It means looking at a new world; or, at least, the old world in a new way.
There are many benefits of being bilingual which you can start to realize when you learn another language. I use the term “bilingual” fairly loosely here. Someone who can reasonably communicate in two languages, in my opinion, is bilingual. Even 10 minutes per day, consistently, over a long period of time, can have a great impact in language learning. A good bilingual definition is fairly hard to come by… try my attempt here.
How Can I Find The Easiest Language To Learn?
The point is, we need to remove our rose-colored glasses with regards to language learning. Learning a language is messy; it’s not clean. It’s not a straight line from a to b and it doesn’t reduce down to a nice equation of x+y=z. As it’s said, it’s more of an art than a science. A whole wing of science was invented, linguistics, to help unravel this crazy tapestry that is language acquisition. There are a lot of proven techniques and best practices, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition.
None of that matters, however, until you figure out the most important aspect of learning a language: Why? Why do I want to learn this language? Why do I want to speak this language? Once you can answer that satisfactorily you are well on your way to learning a language.
Is There An “Easiest Language To Learn” When Learning A Language?
The easiest language to learn is the one you are the most passionate about, or at least the one you have the best answer to the question why. If you don’t have a fairly solid need to speak a language, the risk is high of losing motivation and a lower probability that you will succeed.Several lists exist on how many hours of practice it takes when learning a new language to speak well depending on what your native language is; the government loves this kind of stuff. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is your desire and motivation. Without that, you aren’t going to put in even the smallest amount of time (around 500 hours) to be “conversational” in another language.
What Are Some Of The Good Why’s?
Here are a few good why’s off the top of my head to keep in mind when learning a language:
- Connect with your spouse: You marry someone who speaks another language and you want to connect with them in their own language. This is a great one.
- Connect with your family: You have family members who speak another language and you’ve always wanted to learn it to be able to converse with them.
- Connect with your roots: Your family came from another country (Mexico, Norway, Germany…) and you want to be able to speak the heritage language but were never taught; now is your chance!
- Connect with your future – You want to take your destiny by the horns and break out of your monolingual box! I can relate to this one. Do you want to teach a new language to your childnre? Here are a few common parenting techniques for bilingual children.
- Connect with another culture – If you really love a certain culture and want to further connect with them, learn their customs, get a more in-depth look at their lives and how they think, you have to learn the language. Language can be a means to an end, if the end has a strong enough pull.
How Can I Learn My New-Found Easiest Language To Learn?
Skinning this proverbial cat has as many methods as verb conjugations in Spanish. What is the best way to learn a new language is a question that plagues the world of language learning. Countless research studies, anecdotal evidence, trial and error, and just-wing-it attitudes have produced results in every form; from horrible to incredible. My personal recommendation is you implement these language learning tips as soon as possible. This will help skyrocket your exposure and get you headed in the right direction.
The common thought process in the practical language learning community (as opposed to the theoretical – linguists, etc) is to get out there and do it. One must read in the language, speak the language, study the language, get together with friends in the language.
So What Does This All Mean?
Nothing wagered nothing gained, right? To me, this all means that if you want to learn a language, do it! If you have always wanted to order your food in a French restaurant while sipping wine, then make that your goal. If you want to be able to talk fútbol with the local waiter at the Mexican restaurant, do that.
Learning a language doesn’t mean being able to do anything in that language; that is impossible. It simply means to learn something about the language, to do something in the language. It isn’t a waste if you set out to learn a language and only learn it to a beginner level. You never lose language ability, per say, and although it will get increasingly rusty, it will always be there. You have a whole lifetime to build on it, so get up, get out, and learn something today!
The Top Easiest Languages To Learn For English Speakers: Lists From Around The Web! (each language links to it’s Wikipedia article)
Business Insider has an article that lists them in this order:
Our friends over at the Telegraph in UK have conjured up this list:
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