Which are the easiest languages to learn from home? Since we all started spending more time at home, there’s been a huge surge in interest in learning foreign languages. That may involve a group class conducted over video call with a teacher, a one-on-one class with a private tutor, or even learning alone using a language app. If you’re an English speaker and feeling motivated to try something new, check out our guide to the five easiest languages to learn.
5. Learn Swedish at Home
Swedish is one of the easiest languages to learn from home. Belonging to the Germanic family of languages, Swedish is surprisingly understandable for English speakers to learn, because many words from English and Swedish originate from the same ancestral language. This means they sound very similar to one another, even if they’re spelt differently. However, only 10 million people worldwide speak Swedish, and Swedes are ranked as the best non-native English speakers in the world in the EF English Proficiency Index, which is why the language slumps to fifth in our ranking.
4. Learn Portuguese at Home
Portugal itself is a country of barely 10 million, although the Portuguese language has a much wider sphere of influence: it is spoken by hundreds of millions in Brazil and the rest of the world. Another member of the Romance family of languages, Portuguese benefits from having a lot of shared (or recognizable) vocabulary with other Romantic languages like Spanish. A good introduction to the Portuguese language is to listen to traditional Fado music.
3. Learn French at Home
Regarded by many as the most beautiful language on the planet, French is a great language to learn from home. Its sentence structure is identical to English, and as a Romance language, many present day English nouns are similar or identical to their French equivalents. France is very useful if you’re traveling to Quebec, Belgium, or France itself. Be sure to master the distinctive French accent, where the last letter of a word is not pronounced.
2. Learn Italian at Home
Like English, Italian may be a hard language to master, but it is easy language to learn the basics. This makes Italian a great language to start learning at home, as you’ll find yourself able to have basic conversations relatively quickly. Like the other Romantic languages, its Latin origins means a lot of vocabulary is shared with English. What’s more, the pronunciation of Italian is clearer compared to French and Portuguese.
1. Learn Spanish at Home
Spanish places first in our list of the easiest languages to learn from home. Once again originating from Latin, Spanish and English vocabulary and sentence structure have many similarities. The best thing about Spanish is its huge reach, with the second highest number of native speakers worldwide. Learning Spanish at home will come in hugely useful in future, whether that’s when traveling south of the border to Mexico, into Central and South America, or to Spain itself.