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The Easiest Language to Learn

Updated December 26, 2019 13.2k votes 3.5k voters 77.2k 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 Language1
    903
    434
  • Italian Language2
    596
    320
  • Esperanto3
    458
    400

    Esperanto

  • Sarcasm4
    641
    169

    Sarcasm

  • French Language5
    454
    400
  • Portuguese Language6
    205
    229
  • English Language7
    855
    525
  • Middle English8
    169
    101

    Middle English

  • Afrikaans Language9
    163
    195

    Afrikaans Language

  • American Sign Language10
    289
    215

    American Sign Language

  • Dutch11
    63
    59

    Dutch

  • Lingua Franca Nova12
    104
    169

    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.
  • Malagasy13
    45
    73

    Malagasy

  • Swedish Language14
    141
    106

    Swedish Language

  • German Language15
    329
    348
  • Norwegian Language16
    116
    183
  • Lojban17
    120
    213

    Lojban

    Conlang based on logic & cultural neutrality to test the theory that language restricts or directs thought.
  • Toki Pona Language18
    96
    191

    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.

  • International Morse Code19
    88
    108

    International Morse Code

  • Dutch Language20
    111
    172

    Dutch Language

  • Indonesian Language21
    95
    179

    Indonesian Language

  • Interlingua22
    70
    158

    Interlingua

  • Latin Language23
    137
    215
  • Ido24
    46
    119

    Ido

    Constructed language/simplified off-shoot of Esperanto
  • Czech Republic25
    35
    66