First of all, it depends on your native language and foreign languages you know. For example, if you know Latin, it is easier to learn languages ​​of the Romance group. If you know French, Spanish will seem easy. However, there are ways to estimate a linguistic complexity. From this point of view, the most difficult languages are those which contain a great number of rules to describe their structure.

In fact, subjective factors play a much bigger role: a desire to learn a foreign language begins with your interest in a certain national culture. In this case, the complexity of language plays a secondary role – an anime fan will learn difficult Japanese with less effort than relatively easy Spanish, which is completely uninteresting to him.

However, it is considered that:

  • Firstly it’s better to learn German and French.
  • English is easier to learn with prior knowledge of German and French.
  • The Dutch language is easy to remember after German and English.
  • Scandinavian languages are ​​better to learn after German.
  • Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian are better to learn after French or Latin.
  • Polish and Slovak are easier to learn if you know the Czech language.
  • Yiddish – after German, Hebrew, and Slavic languages.
  • Hebrew and Persian – after Arabic.
  • Japanese and Korean – after Chinese.
Anna LeMind, B.A.

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    I agree with the article in that it all depends what your native language is. I would also add that it usually depends on what your second language is. In my case, a native speaker of Spanish and having English as L2, I haven’t had much trouble acquiring German or basic notions of Swedish. Having said that, Japanese is a world of difference. First, the writing system. Second, Japanese has a totally different origin…and in that sense, let´s not forget that Spanish, English and German have, as it is believed, the same Ursprache.

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