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The Easiest Language to Learn

Updated December 26, 2019 13.7k votes 3.5k voters 76.9k views35 items

List RulesList 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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    Spanish Language
    926
    451
  • 2
    Italian Language
    611
    329
  • 3
    Esperanto
    468
    409

    Esperanto

  • 4
    Novial
    136
    121

    Novial

    easy artificial auxiliary language - (1928)
  • 5
    Sarcasm
    676
    168

    Sarcasm

  • 6
    French Language
    463
    406
  • 7
    Lingwa De Planeta
    133
    126

    Lingwa De Planeta

    constructed international auxiliary language - development began in 2006.  
  • 8
    English Language
    884
    541
  • 9
    Portuguese Language
    213
    232
  • 10
    Middle English
    175
    106

    Middle English

  • 11
    American Sign Language
    299
    218

    American Sign Language

  • 12
    Afrikaans Language
    168
    196

    Afrikaans Language

  • 13
    Dutch
    61
    59

    Dutch

  • 14
    Swedish Language
    145
    107

    Swedish Language

  • 15
    Lingua Franca Nova
    108
    174

    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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    Malagasy
    47
    73

    Malagasy

  • 17
    German Language
    334
    356
  • 18
    Norwegian Language
    119
    186
  • 19
    Lojban
    123
    221

    Lojban

    Conlang based on logic & cultural neutrality to test the theory that language restricts or directs thought.
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    Toki Pona Language
    99
    195

    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.

  • 21
    International Morse Code
    91
    112

    International Morse Code

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    Latin Language
    141
    216
  • 23
    Interlingua
    72
    162

    Interlingua

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    Indonesian Language
    99
    182

    Indonesian Language

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    Dutch Language
    114
    177

    Dutch Language