The significance and importance of learning more than one language in today’s world cannot be stressed enough. In a world that’s slowly emerging a melting pot and the essence of global development, togetherness and cross-culture training is encouraged, it comes in handy to be able to fluently converse in more than one language. Also, it looks great on your resume so why not?
Imagine being able to not partially, but fully immerse yourself in an alien culture and get a grasp of it better due to limited language barriers. Imagine being able to be a part of two or more worlds, instead of just one. There are so many reasons you should consider learning that second language you’ve always wanted to and one of the huge reasons is respect.
To be able to be multi-lingual signifies intelligence, an openness and thirst for more knowledge and all in all, the ability to interact with more people from that culture.
Being Indian myself, people are amazed I can converse fluently in English and Hindi and bits and pieces of my hometown’s native language, Malayalam. Conversely, it excites me when I’m traveling abroad and somebody shows more than a little interest in my culture and picking up a few rudimentary words. It makes me feel comfortable around the person knowing they’re going the extra mile to understand where I’m coming from.
Here are some of the top 10 most popular, easily learned languages for native English speakers worldwide that we would recommend you get started on:
A West Germanic language spoken mostly in South Africa, it is mildly understood by the Dutch who also colonized the region and therefore, have similar sounding words and similar meanings attached to those words.
Unlike the Romance languages, it does not have separate genders for objects and different tenses that you would have to worry about that Grammar Nazis are bewildered with.
It apparently has vocabulary that is familiar sounding with most English words spoken today. Business insider’s scoop on this is the obvious translation of an example to English from Afrikaans: “Wat is dit in Afrikaans?”
Not just an incredibly fun language to learn, French is also said by many to be a beautiful sounding language for all the romance France and its capital city Paris oozes.
It is also one of the most widely spoken languages in Europe. If you’re planning a Euro-tour, this would probably be the most recommended language to learn for your survival.
It has also influenced modern languages and English to the extent that several derivations of English has French roots. Lexically, French vocabulary is quite similar to English’s in its content.
Gendered nouns and verb forms get complicated in its more advanced level, along with its pronunciations that must not be compromised in the quest for learning grammar.
Es una lengua muy hermosa! From personal experience of studying both French and Spanish, I have personally found Spanish to be a language I connected with more for whatever reason.
The words sound more warm and enunciation comes easily especially to Indian people that have no problem at all in that department (and rolling their r’s). However, I realized that a French base made me more prepared for Spanish fundamentals.
Since they’re both romance languages, a lot of the verb conjugation and gender rules are similar although the spoken rules are entirely separate. Alphabetically, there are no unfamiliar sounding phonemes except for ñ.
It is also the second most widely spoken language worldwide and is continuing gaining popularity. It is especially essential if you intend on settling down in South America or some countries in Africa that were colonized by Spain.
It is a valuable professional skill to have considering the growing economies in Latin and South America.
Similar to Afrikaans (as mentioned above) for the simple reason that there were Dutch settlers in South Africa, many words are similar sounding to English and not too hard to figure out even when you don’t know the basics of the language.
Dutch pronunciation follows the English model of syllable stress, so pronouncing Dutch words is somewhat intuitive. Dutch is also similar to German, which I suppose makes a lot of languages on this list interconnected and build upon each other for that reason.
Norwegian and English have very similar syntax and word order. Verbs are an especially simple feature, with no conjugation according to number or person.
The only problem is the limited usage of the language worldwide. Even in Norway, schools teach students English and therefore, the people are quite fluent in it.
I’ve often confused both languages when people are speaking it, but Spanish and Portuguese are quite close because they are both Romance languages.
Though the nasal vowel sounds of Portuguese may be difficult to pronounce at first, its rhythmic tone is easy for English ears to follow.
Learning the language is becoming an asset because the Brazilian economy is soaring, where the language is spoken most.
Swedish shares many cognate words with English, such as konferens (conference), midnatt (midnight), and telefon (telephone).
Swedish verbs are also constant, and is famously a spoken “sing-song” language.
Sweden’s also a beautiful country, if that isn’t reason enough to pack your bags to go live there among the locals and speak their native tongue.
The claimed most romantic language of all the Romance languages, nobody can resist traveling to Italy for its captivating experiences and mix of modern and preserved historic architecture.
Most words in Italian end in vowels and it is one of the most readable languages, making it simpler than English.
According to businessinsider, the top 2 easiest languages are spoken only in tiny districts and not exclusively one nation.
Esperanto is not an official language in any ONE country per se, but it has 2 million speakers worldwide.
“Words are constructed building-block style out of regularised prefixes, roots, and suffixes. Created in the late 19th century, this nationally and politically neutral language was constructed for easy acquisition.”
This language is spoken by less than half a million people and is native to Frieseland in the Netherlands.
It is considered English’s “oldest sibling” and parted ways when both languages developed separately in the early 8th century.
English and Frisian are uncanny, with near-identical vocabulary, structure, and phonetics.