Let’s be honest, learning a language is no small or simple task. However, some are easier to master than others. So what are the easiest languages to learn? For this list, we’ve based “easy” on availability of quality resources, similarity to your native language (for the purposes of this list we will assume you only speak English), and the script the language uses. So if you’re wondering which language to tackle next, check out the these 25 easiest languages you could be learning today.
While Mandarin is one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn, the first several languages on our list are here not because they are fundamentally easy to learn, but rather because the languages are large enough to easily find learning resources.
For example, while Bengali is more closely related to English (they are both Indo-European), it isn’t a global language and therefore not many quality learning materials exist. (The keyword is “quality.”)
Along with Mandarin, Arabic is one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. Go to any bookstore or foreign language section, and you’ll find several methods and resources to tackle this language. Many colleges also offer Arabic classes.
Arabic isn’t the only Semitic language on our list though. Hebrew will be coming along in a bit (#19).
So Farsi is the first Indo-European language on our list. As you can guess, the Indo-European language family is divided into two branches – European and Indo-Iranian. Farsi falls under the second. (It’s spoken in Iran). One cool thing about Farsi is that it uses the Arabic alphabet. So if you’ve studied Arabic at all, it will come in handy here as well.
Although both India and Pakistan like to pretend as though they speak different languages, Urdu and Hindi are about as far apart as American English and Scottish English. There is actually far more linguistic variation in German. Having said that, the main difference is that Urdu uses the Arabic script while Hindi uses the Devanagari script. Also, along with Punjabi and Bengali, Hindustani constitutes most of the “Indo” portion of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages.
So now we have switched over to the European branch of the Indo-European language family. To be more specific, BCS is a South Slavic language. Variations of this language are spoken throughout Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. It’s worth noting that BCS is written both in Cyrillic and Latin scripts. This is another thing we considered in making this list…how easy is it to read the language? The faster you can pick up the alphabet, the faster you can learn the language.
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