What is the easiest language to learn?
The easiest language to learn is the one that is spoken to and
around you while you are an infant. You learn that one without
Once you are older, the easiest languages to learn are those
that are closely related to the first language you learned as an
After your first language there is no such thing as an "easiest
language to learn". It depends entirely on the person. Major
factors include the persons's first language compared to the target
language, familiarity with the culture of the target language, and
Read the following answers with caution. They are just opinions,
and not based on linguistic facts and often based on narrow
"English is not the easiest language to learn, even though I
speak it. Spanish is the easiest language to learn because of how
you say it and how the letters look. For Japanese people it might
not be easy but, I think Japanese, Chinese,Korean, Russian and
English are the hardest Languages to learn."
Again, easiest to whom? Thanks for deleting my relevant point
about Cantonese speakers having no trouble with Mandarin but a hard
time with Spanish. Yes, this is the internet, and yes this is
purely anecdotal, but I do have an acquaintance from Hong Kong who
studied the IB in Britain and thought Spanish was a ridiculous
language to learn because it inflected so much, whereas Chinese
languages do not.
The easiest language to learn is the one with the most
similarities to your individual mother tongue. [note:
this statement is not necessarily true. A recent survey found that
most Americans found Spanish to be easier than Dutch, even though
Dutch is more closely related to English.]
Undoubtedly the easiest language for an English speaker to learn
is Scots. In fact, you could probably understand most of a
newspaper article in Scots just with your knowledge of English.
Scots should not be confused with Scottish Gaelic which, like all
other languages, is not nearly as easy to learn. Scots is easier to
learn than French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and even Esperanto.
Look at the Scots language links below.