Easiest Languages to Learn

If you’re new to learning a foreign language and want to pick something up that’s easier to learn, then you might want to consider some of these languages. (I recently realized that this site is sometimes translated into other languages, so I included English for our more global readers.)

Easiest Languages to Learn:

  1. Spanish
  2. Italian
  3. English
  4. Portuguese
  5. Hindi

This next category looked at languages from a business world perspective for those who are learning a foreign language to expand their career potential.

Most Popular Languages:

  1. English
  2. Mandarin Chinese
  3. Spanish
  4. Arabic
  5. Japanese

I found this site to have a really good guide to help choose what language to learn. The chart is very easy to understand and it helped me with my decision. I’m working on Italian right now.

(Reprint from the archives)

6 Responses to Easiest Languages to Learn

  1. I have alwasy wanted to learn Spanish, even though I took French in high school. Do you know of any good ways to learn Spanish at home?

  2. Fun list! I know some Spanish (I understand better than I speak it or write it), and I picked up a little German when I lived in Austria. I think it’s good to at least understand something of another language.

  3. @Kyle: My mom does private tutoring in Spanish and she recommends StudySpanish.com for some free tutorials to get started. Rosetta Stone has good software to learn language, ut it can be pricey. You may find a deal on Ebay.

    @Miranda: Great point! It is good to understand some basics of foreign languages. My sister speaks five and I’m jealous as I’m rusty with my Spanish. I guess it means I need to go out there ad use it. 🙂

  4. Nice list. One of the things I really want to do is learn how to speak (and perhaps more importantly, with all the time I spend online, read) a foreign language. I would not have guessed that Hindi was one of the easiest languages to learn, but then I don’t know much about the language. The most popular languages from a business perspective make sense, though.

  5. You forgot Esperanto! It was even on the list you linked to. Esperanto is a lot easier to learn than Italian. (Easier than pretty much any national language.)

    Besides being much easier to learn, Esperanto is surprisingly useful, because there are Esperanto speakers all over. Granted, there’s no place you can go where everyone speaks the language (like Italy for Italian), but the Esperanto speakers that you do find will be especially pleased to meet you.

  6. Nice list, but I disagree that portuguese is easy to learn. there are over 20 different words you can use depending on the situation for just one verb, and the pronounciation can be confusing.
    I’m not sure learning english would be very easy for a foreigner, either, as there are so many exeptions to the rules.

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