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Going off the idea that your maternal language is English then I would say it's probably Spanish. 

Even though English is classed as a germanic language, it actually shares more words in common with the romantic languages and choosing one of those would probably be the easiest to learn.

Obviously if you have a different mother tongue then you'll find a different language easier to learn. 

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I think it's important to mention the perseverance factor.

No matter how "easy" the language, if you don't stick with it then it will never be "learned".

The example being, my mother language is English. In theory, languages like Spanish, French and German should be the easiest for me (as they are some of the closest languages to English.)

However, I have very little interest in these languages. I don't really have much of a reason to use them and so I would probably give up along the way. Instead, I chose Japanese. A language which is one of the most different (and by extension most difficult) for native English speakers. 

Sure, it will take me longer and it's more of a challenge but the fact that I'm more interested in the language and the culture means that I am more likely to stick to it (as I have done for the last 1.5 years) and eventually become proficient in speaking it.

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As the most important factor to start and keep learning is motivation, it's maybe better to focus on this starting point...

Need: I want to visit China, I am an export manager...

Passion: I love Korean dramas, fond of egyptology, bier lover,...

Opportunity: living at the border, a Chinese neighbour, a Russian girlfriend/boyfriend

Stress coefficient: Italian is easy (I am a Romance language native), Bulgarian (knowledge of Russian), ...

"Officials" Languages of the worlds: United Nations pack

The most spoken factor: Mandarin, Hindi...

 

My choices:

German, Italian, Spanish, English for business (and travels)

Chinese: my Taichi teacher is a native and use Chinese and my new neighbour is Chinese

Russian & Ukrainian: long time friends. So happy I am learning their language!

Sometimes:

Korean: Viki alcoholic

Hindi: just curious and the voice India with incredible singers...

 

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14 hours ago, Xequeo said:

As the most important factor to start and keep learning is motivation, it's maybe better to focus on this starting point...

Need: I want to visit China, I am an export manager...

Passion: I love Korean dramas, Fond of egyptology, Bier lover,...

Opportunity: Living at the border, a Chinese neighbour, a Russian girlfriend/boyfriend

Stress coefficient: Italian is easy (I am a Romance language native), Bulgarian (I am Russian), ...

"Officials" Languages of the worlds: United Nations pack

The most spoken factor: Mandarin, Hindi...

 

My choices:

German, Italian, Spanish, English for business (and travels)

Chinese: my Taichi teacher is a native and use Chinese and my new neighbour is Chinese

Russian & Ukrainian: long time friends. So happy I am learning their language!

Sometimes:

Korean: Viki alcoholic

Hindi: just curious and the voice India with incredible singers...

 

Wow, that is a very interesting answer Xequeo. So which of these factors is the most important one for you? Which of those languages would you really like to master in the future? I guess to master them all would be a little bit too much to ask for :=)

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In fact they are the factors that made me study those languages... :-)

The ever strongest factor has been the "girlfriend" one. Fan of boardgames too made me spend nights and days on rules translations starting at 10 years old!

Nowdays I prefer to focus on known languages in order to improve or "refresh" those linked to a travel but an opportunity (I have two new Japenese friends in my course of Tai-Chi) could trigger for example a learning session of Japanese. Aging, business languages needs are less important... 

If you have a good and strong motivation (not only a "need"), it is much easier to learn any language.

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Learn English! There so many languages nowadays, but don't forget that English is the international one. By the way there so many good schools, teaching Englis. Now there so many sources to learn English but be careful when you choose because I have a lot of negative experience. At the end I chose Genius English, and that was my best choice. I really recommend this school.

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The importance of French on the international scene is becoming more and more critical, especially given the likely technological jump in francophone Africa.

The advantages of speaking French are numerous.

  1. French is a Professional and Political Cornerstone.

French is the most expansive language in the world–stretching 5 of the 6 inhabited continents–and an official language of the European Union, many African countries, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and of course, France.

  1. It is the Language of Reason, Law, and Love.

Structuring much of the legal foundation Europe now calls its justice system, French words can be found accross legal texts, all emanating from Napoleanic Code. If you’re interested in American law, you will surely come accross terms such as voire dire in the thick jury selection legal framework.

French is has an incredible litterary and philosophic history, making up much of what we consider today as comtemporary philosophy. France was also such an integral part of the American Revolution that many of the Enlightenment and Transcendental ideas have a base in French texts. The very ideals so many Americans hold dear spun out of French Enlightenment writers.

Paris is the most beautiful western city in my opinion. There is such much culture, so many different nationalities, significant political summits, and more. I feel like I’m travelling the globe in Paris. In order to succeed in visiting or living in Paris, you must speak French. Parisians don’t take too kindly to people expecting them to speak English.

  1. French Opens Doors to Commerce in Both Hemispheres.

Because France is spoken accross the globe, it opens doors to business opportunities in every time zone. You might be thinking, “Wait, Noah, I can also speak English with these people.”

To a degree you’re right. Most successful international businesspeople will speak English. But how much of a business decision is based on mutual trust? I have often found myself in discussions with French speakers. If we’re speaking in English and there is a communication problem, I can always rectify it in French. This has saved more than one meeting.

  1. French People are Notoriously Weak in English.

So yes, most business people will speak English. However, I use French in 90% of business transactions with French speakers because, for whatever reason, they are notoriously weak in English.

If you go to Germany, however, you might find yourself trying to keep up with the high-level command of English. I often get the impression Germans speak English better than I do…

I recommend looking at thefrenchobjective.com if you're interested in learning. The articles have a good amount of information, and there's a free ebook

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Anyone who decides to learn another language must have a purpose first. As the world's tourism grows geometrically, people are becoming more interested in learning their destinations language. If you are not a native English speaker, definitely, English should be your first to learn.

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Hello everyone,

I personally believe that it all depends on the learner, their interests, background and of course, native tongue. Something that I find easy, might be difficult for someone else. So the best thing to do is to follow your gut, this is what I always say :) If you like the language, you should definitely pursue it. I've written an article about this couple of months ago, it might help: https://www.justlearn.com/blog/what-are-the-easiest-languages-to-learn-our-lists-and-tips

Good luck!

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Hi,
I'm a new one on this forum. 
I want opinions from someone about the German language. I want to start to learn this hard language.
Maybe someone can help me with some courses?
and How much time have you needed to study Germany?
Also, I want to help people with other languages. I have learned Spanish with very helpful courses. If someone wants to learn Italian, Spanish or French can go with the next link: https://www.natural-language-system.com/
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