Learning a new language has innumerable benefits, some of which include improved analytical, learning, and memory skills, greater ease of traveling to locations, a competitive edge in your career and many more.
The problem is that it takes a lot of work and time to master a language but despite that fact, here is some help for you. Based on the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. Department of State’s language efficiency data, these are the languages that are considered quite easy to learn for those who are already fluent in English:
The Swedish language has quite a few similarities to the English language itself, including its syntax and vocabulary; for example, a telephone is ‘telefon’. These similarities really help when you’re trying to learn.
Verb conjugations in Swedish follow the same pattern as English, with “I [verb]” being “jag [verb], “You [verb]” being “du [verb”] and keeps on going like this.” This makes shifting from English to Swedish simple.
One more plus point here for learners is that Swedish is also known for being a very rhythmic, musical language. It follows a sort of melodic pattern that makes it easy to grasp.
Italian is also one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. It is even considered easier than Swedish. It has a similar rhythmic quality to English. Plus, the Italian alphabet is simpler than the English one. In addition, there are many similarities in the vocabulary such as musica (music), falso (false), and familiare (familiar). This resonance makes it simple to read for an English speaker.
Spanish is one of the most useful languages to learn on this list. It is the primary language of nearly 400 million humans around the world, second only to Chinese(ahead of English, which is estimated to reach 360 million of speakers).
Spanish is quite similar to Italian because it has a shallow orthographic depth (It depends on how easy it is to predict the pronunciation of a word based on its spelling). In addition, Spanish has all the same phonemes (or distinct sounds of a language) that English has aside from ñ (pronounced “enyay”), so it’s easy to pronounce. A phoneme is actually any of the perceptually distinct units of sound in a specified language that distinguishes one word from another, for example, p, b, d, and t in the English words pad, pat, bad, and bat.
French is considered as one of the most beautiful languages in the world and to your advantage, it is not that tough to learn either. The lexical similarity(a measure of how similar words in two different languages are) between French and English is also extremely high.
If your goal is to be able to carry a conversation in French, then it’s not as complicated as going for advanced French proficiency.
To your advantage, Dutch is considered to be the easiest language to learn for English speakers also it has a much simpler grammar system than English.
Dutch is similar to English in Structure, Syntax, Syllables, and Vocabulary as well (For example, blok means block.)
Simple! Isn’t it?