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The Easiest Language to Learn  

Jennifer Lee
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List Rules List of the easiest foreign languages to learn.

What is the easiest language to learn? It really depends on your native tongue. What might be fairly easy for a native English speaker might be far more challenging to someone who speaks Arabic as a native language, for instance. That being said, there are several languages that are easier than others to pick up, for pretty much everyone.

This list includes a wide variety of different languages, so be sure to vote for those you think are the easiest/quickest to learn, and vote down any languages you've struggled to pick up. And, if you don't see a language you find easy to learn listed, by all means, add it.

Learning a new language can be an invaluable skill. Being bilingual can help you with your studies, and it could even help you land that dream job. In terms of the easiest languages to learn for native English speakers, the so-called "romance languages" aren't overly difficult to pick up with some study. The romance languages include Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. These are among the most commonly spoken, best languages to learn, particularly Spanish and Portuguese.

Other major languages which might be fairly easy to learn include German, Dutch and Swedish. Languages like Russian might be slightly more difficult, not just to learn, but to speak. Some languages which might be even more difficult to learn include Arabic, Japanese, Chines (which has several variations), Vietnamese and Indonesian. Again, though, it all depends on your native tongue.

Learning a new language is always challenging, but it's extremely rewarding, too. Were you able to learn a new language fairly easily? If so, please vote and feel free to share your experiences in the comments.
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Sarcasm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Devin Ellenwood added Sarcasm
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Spanish Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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Italian Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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English Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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Esperanto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
AdmiralCrunch added Esperanto
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Middle English is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
gretaelisif added Middle English
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French Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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American Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
American Sign Language
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Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Basque Language
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Irish Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Irish Language
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Swedish Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
ante1993a added Swedish Language
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Portuguese Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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German Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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Hawaiian Language is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Hawaiian Language
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Lojban is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
david5 added Lojban
Conlang based on logic & cultural neutrality to test the theory that language restricts or directs thought.
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Afrikaans Language is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Afrikaans Language
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Lingua Franca Nova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
mixmaster reid added Lingua Franca Nova
an auxiliary constructed language originally created by C. George Boeree of Shippensburg UniversityPennsylvaniaIts vocabulary is based on the Romance languages FrenchItalianPortugueseSpanish, and Catalan The grammar is highly reduced and similar to the Romance creoles.[4][5] The language has phonemic spelling, using 22 letters of either the Latin or Cyrillic scripts.
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International Morse Code is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Joe added International Morse Code
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Toki Pona Language is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Kechjo added Toki Pona Language

Toki Pona is a constructed language, first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Lang (formerly Sonja Elen Kisa) of Toronto.
 

Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Lang designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 120 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things.

The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in Zen-like fashion. This goal, together with Toki Pona's deliberately restricted vocabulary, has led some to think that the language, whose name literally means "simple language", "good language", or "goodspeak", resembles George Orwell's fictional language Newspeak.

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Dutch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Dutch
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Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
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Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Welsh Language
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Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
Indonesian Language
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Interlingua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn
marcustrawick added Interlingua
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Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Easiest Language to Learn