Let’s be honest, learning a language is no small or simple task. However, some are easier to master than others. So what are the easiest languages to learn? For this list, we’ve based “easy” on availability of quality resources, similarity to your native language (for the purposes of this list we will assume you only speak English), and the script the language uses. So if you’re wondering which language to tackle next, check out the these 25 easiest languages you could be learning today.
Along with Finnish and Estonian, Hungarian is actually a Uralic language. The crazy thing is that Uralic languages aren’t Indo-European. That’s right, Hungarian is farther from English than far-off languages like Bengali, Farsi, and Punjabi. It might as well be Mandarin…and it kind of is. So why does Hungarian rank higher? The big one here is simply the alphabet. Since it uses the Latin script, it’s a bit easier to jump into.
Note: there is a strong argument to made, however, that Hungarian is more complex than even the most obscure Asian languages. So it’s kind of a pick-your-poison situation.
Remember what we said about Hebrew. Well, here it is!
So why would Hebrew rank higher than Arabic? Well, there are two main reasons. First, Arabic has more dialects and can therefore be harder to master. Second, thanks to a relatively widespread English speaking Jewish diaspora, there are more quality Hebrew learning resources available than there are Arabic learning resources.
Although Greek uses its own alphabet, we’re once again safely back within the Indo-European language family, so words and structure will be a bit more familiar. Also, Greek has a solid number of resources available for instruction.
Our second Slavic language on the list, Polish is part of the West Slavic branch of the Slavic language family. Once again, a combination of being Indo-European, having Latin script, and the existence of a decent amount of resources put Polish where it is.
Czech makes up the other major part of the West Slavic language family. Given that the Czech Republic is the most economically dynamic of the few advanced Slavic speaking nations, Czech is the most popular choice for people wanting to visit Central Europe. This means that you should be able to find a decent number of resources. It also uses the Latin script and is extremely phonetic.
Bonus: it is mutually intelligible with Slovak.