What is the Easiest Spoken Language to Learn?

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What is the easiest foreign language to learn?

It depends strongly on your native language. To mitigate this, I'm making the rule that the language has to be in a different language group than your native tongue. You English speakers are forbidden to chose any Indo-European language.
 

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What is the easiest foreign language to learn?

It depends strongly on your native language. To mitigate this, I'm making the rule that the language has to be in a different language group than your native tongue. You English speakers are forbidden to chose any Indo-European language.
That may be too restrictive. For English native speakers, maybe tell them, "You are forbidden to choose any Germanic language". Even about this, not everybody will agree.
 
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Your rule would seem to rule out American's learning British "English", which I consider to be quite difficult. I mean, they get SO many things wrong. And don't even get me started on their pronunciation. :oldlaugh:
 
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You English speakers are forbidden to chose any Indo-European language.
Yea, always dumping on perceived success. What difference does "easy" make if it is a language you can't do much with?
 
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Pig Latin.
 
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Your rule would seem to rule out American's learning British "English"
Do they not know the difference between plurals and possessive in England?
 
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In grad school I had a language requirement to fulfill.
Somehow I worked it so I could do that with computer language. 😀
 
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In grad school I had a language requirement to fulfill.
I did too. It was not difficult:

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Si Señor!
Close enough. Next!
 
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Many native Malaysians can't speak Malaysian.
Is it Malaysian or Maylay?
 
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What is the easiest foreign language to learn?

It depends strongly on your native language. To mitigate this, I'm making the rule that the language has to be in a different language group than your native tongue. You English speakers are forbidden to chose any Indo-European...
I think the title and your post are two different things essentially. The title is an interesting question, "what is the easiest language to learn?" This should be for anyone in my view, so in terms of grammar, cases, vocabulary, phonetics.

The second part as @symbolipoint pointed out is a completely different scenario.
Would someone from France find Swahili easier than a Peruvian learning Welsh. How would you measure it?
 
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Think back, everyone, to the time you were learning your FIRST language. You did not previously speak or use *or read or write another. You were learning just your first language and maybe NONE others. How difficult or easy was this?


*Excuse me. The emphasis for this topic was made toward Speaking a language and that is the emphasis which should be kept.
 
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Think back, everyone, to the time you were learning your FIRST language. You did not previously speak or use or read or write another. You were learning just your first language and maybe NONE others. How difficult or easy was this?
That's a long time ago but my memories tell me it was easy. I just remember speaking English.
I wish mathematics would have fell into my lap just like that, at 2.
 
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( One should not really give a comment like what I'll do here on a topic like this one, but...)

BASIC is (of the older style) easier, but then neither is a spoken language. They are written and graphical; that is how they are handled or communicated. Computer programming languages are not spoken human languages.

But then again, did mommy and daddy teach their child FORTRAN during his or her first four years of life? THAT would be interesting.
 
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But then again, did mommy and daddy teach their child FORTRAN during his or her first four years of life? THAT would be interesting.
It's a whole new world, baby! :wink:

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