mi asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 5 months ago

How hard is English to learn compared to other languages?

To those who have learned English as a 2nd+ language and have learned others, how difficult would you say it is compared to others?

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  • Thomas
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    What do you think would be chosen to be the interface of communication between hundreds of different native languages on this planet?

    Some language as complicated and intellectual as "German", beautiful and romantic like "French", having 23 000 beautiful but complicated pictograms like "Chinese" or the most primitive, uncomplicated, easy-to-learn and extensible communication system any idiot can be tought within a few weeks of time?

  • 4 months ago

    at least for me it's super easy compared to others but everyone can have a different opinion

  • Masino
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    It isn't so..........

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    It depends on what you already know, and how your brain is wired. English is teeming with synonyms, homonyms, homographs, homophones, colloquialisms  and irregularities. Its spelling is so quirky that there are spelling competitions for *native* speakers.

    Here in the Netherlands, when I went to "grammar school" (atheneum, VWO) we got 5 years of French, 5 years of German and 6 years of English to prepare for university. We have the national languages (Dutch and Frisian) closest to English.

    We listen(ed) to English songs on the radio all day and watch(ed) English-spoken TV every night

    But somehow it wasn't enough. English was introduced in the last two years of elementary-school, so now you "need" 6 years of English to graduate "highschool", or 8 to enter university.

    English may seem easy because of its dumbed-down grammar, but German and Esperanto (which is by far the easiest one I know) have far more structure. Structure allows you to combine wordparts to logically form the word you need, rather than memorise tons of separate word.

    If you know the esperanto-words for wether and horse, you know what the word for gelding must be

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  • 5 months ago

    It can be tough.  Basic English is easy; about 850 words, that covers about 90% of what is written, and said.  Most use about 2-3000 words.  University grads 10-15,000.  Experts in English just over 20,000, and masters (like Shakespeare) perhaps 60,000.  The total English language has an estimated 600,000 words.

    Speaking it at all is fairly easy.  Speaking it well is difficult, even for native speakers!

  • 5 months ago

    Much easier, English is one of the easier languages to learn and be able to speak.

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