English is one of the most difficult languages to master, with all the odd grammar rules and their exceptions. Because of this, many English speakers are successful in learning foreign languages that aren’t quite as complicated in terms of spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. Like English, many of these languages also have Latin roots, making it easier for people to see the connections between similar sounding words.
At La Paz Language Academy in El Paso, we offer foreign language classes in more than 20 different languages, including all proficiency levels of Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, and Portugese. Click here to view a list of all the foreign languages we teach, and continue reading to learn which languages English speakers tend to have an easier time picking up.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide, after Mandarin Chinese, English, and Hindu. The U.S. is home to many Spanish speakers, who make up a large percentage of the population here in El Paso. Because of this, Spanish is one of the first foreign languages English speakers are exposed to, whether that be in school, at work, or in daily interactions with their neighbors. There are also many resources available for people who want to learn Spanish, including immersive Spanish programs and independent study materials, like Rosetta Stone. All the opportunities you have to study Spanish in your daily life make Spanish one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn and master. Plus, many Spanish words sound similar to their English translations, and there are far fewer grammatical irregularities to worry about.
The Norwegian vocabulary has lots of English similarities, making it a somewhat easy language for English speakers to learn. It is easy to understand what words like “vinter” and “sommer” mean, and the arrangement of objects and subjects in Norwegian sentences is similar to how they are used in English. Not only that, but each verb in a sentence only has one form per tense, making the grammar aspect of the language fairly easy to pick up. There is also no “right” way to pronounce most Norwegian words because many native speakers have different accents, depending where they live. So, if you’re frustrated with all the Spanish tenses and pronunciation rules, you may want to consider learning Norwegian!
Dutch is another foreign language that many English speakers pick up fairly easily, partly because it belongs to the Germanic language family (just like English and Norwegian). In fact, Dutch is somewhat of a combination of German and English, making it a great choice for English speakers who have attempted to learn German in the past but had a hard time with the vocabulary. However, part of what makes Dutch unique is that many of the words are spelled exactly like they are in English, yet with different pronunciation. For the most part, though, there are very few hangups English speakers encounter when learning Dutch.
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These are just a few of the many languages that English speakers tend to have an easier time learning. However, every individual is unique, so no two people learn languages the same way. If you are interested in learning another language, contact La Paz Language Academy to sign up for one of our language programs!