[WWW.VILANGO.COM]1Is English the easiest language to learn?
[WWW.VILANGO.COM]2So many people know English. So the English language must bethe easiest language to learn, right? Not really. Easiness ismostly subjective and different influences shape your personalopinion.There many articles, blog posts, rankings and so on that deal with thisquestion. But is there really something like the easiest language on earth? TheEnglish language is certainly an easy language to learn, but is it really theeasiest one? I think the answer is “maybe”. Here are my personal reasons.The easiest language is subjective.In my opinion, it is not possible to give an answer to that question which is truefor everybody in the world. Do you want to know why? 1. It depends on what your mother tongue isIs your first language German? In this case you may think that Dutch orSwedish is the easiest language to learn. A foreign language that shows manysimilarities with your mother tongue is, certainly, easier to learn for you.Japanese is probably that most difficult language to learn, if your mothertongue is Italian, however, it might be the easiest one, if your first language isChinese. It is often much easier to learn another language of the samelanguage group than one of different group. Italian, Spanish and French are forexample seen as similar languages. So are the languages of Bosnia, Croatia,Serbia and Russia.
[WWW.VILANGO.COM]3 2. It depends on what other languages you knowAs explained in the previous point, it is essential which language group yourmother tongue accounts to. But also your other language knowledge is ofimportance. Languages often have similar structures. If you know Italian, youmight find it very easy to learn Spanish. Sentence structure as well aspronunciation are very similar. Even if you try to learn a foreign languagefrom a totally different language group, it is always of advantage to know anyother language. 3. It depends on the culture you were raised inDid you grow up in Finland? If you were, you are very open to other culturesand languages. TV series and movies are mostly not translated into Finnishand that is why most Fins are able to speak almost perfect English. In contrast,if you were raised in French, you may find it hard to learn any other language,since many visitors and people around the world know French and most thingsare translated into French. French people even create French names forAmerican actors, for instance. 4. It depends on the geography of your country of residenceDo you live in a rather small country, which is in additional land locked andsurrounded by many other countries? In this case it is probably of moreeconomic interest to speak other languages than if you live in a big andeconomically important country. Think about America. It is a huge country, ithas economic power and almost everybody can speak at least some English.People there do not really need to learn another language. But if you are fromArmenia, you have to speak another language, if you want to haveinternational success or go for a vacation abroad or even want to search for aspecific piece of information on the Internet which is only available in English.
[WWW.VILANGO.COM]4 5. It depends on your surroundings: FamilyAre your parents interested in other languages? Do they have somedictionaries at home or maybe literature in foreign languages? Parents andother family members have huge influence on children and can influence theyway they think and what they do in the future. 6. It depends on your surroundings: SchoolAlso educational staff has influence. My Italian teacher was mean and herteaching style was not at all suitable (according to my opinion). I loved to learnItalian before, but as soon as she was my teacher, I hated Italian and neverreally learned it. 7. It depends on your (family´s) financial situationIf your parents have the financial ability to finance a private language teacherit is probably easier for a child to learn a foreign language than when he or shehas to learn the language by his or her own. Probably your parents couldfinance an international high school with different native speakers. In thiscase, you get familiar with other languages at an early stage and might find iteasy to learn additional languages at a later stage. 8. It depends on the language learning method you useDo you learn a language by pure vocabulary learning or by speaking withnative speakers or by listening to foreign radio and TV shows? It is crucial howyou learn a foreign language. The easiest way to learn a language is oftensubjective, but there is a trend that a lot of listening makes a language much
[WWW.VILANGO.COM]5easier to learn than studying vocabulary lists. One language learning methodthat is worth mentioning is the Birkenbihl Approach. This learning approachfocuses on active and passive listening as a means to learn a foreign languageperfectly. 9. It depends on the learning material you useThousands of language learning books and programs and software exist.Many of them are good, but many are also not at all brain-friendly. Be carefulwhen choosing. 10. It depends on your attitudeDo you really want to learn the foreign language? Or is it simply required byyour parents, your school or work place? Passion for a language makes it fareasier to learn.As you can see from these points mentioned above, the easiest language tolearn is always subjective. Therefore, English might not always be the easiestlanguage to learn. Every language can be quite easy, if you assure the rightenvironment, learning method and surroundings. What is the easiest language to learn? This question can only be answered subjectively. Learning foreign languages can be easy, but also difficult – depending on different influences.