Ezine Article Reading Foreign Languages Easiest
Ezine Article: Reading Foreign Languages is Easiest
By R. J. Masters
For adult beginners, reading some foreign languages is easiest.
Easiest foreign languages have many words similar to your native language.
WHICH FOREIGN LANGUAGES ARE EASIEST TO READ?
For English-speakers, ten foreign languages are easiest because each one has thousands of words similar to English.
Five of the easiest languages to read for English-speakers are Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Romanian – all Romance languages [from Roman Latin].
Also easiest for English-speakers are German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish -- five in the Germanic Language family with English.
In each language, the parts similar to English can be called Easiest Spanish, Easiest French, Easiest Italian, Easiest German, etc. These are the words of each language that are similar to English.
Because English and Easiest Foreign Languages share many words that look similar in print, the easiest ability for you to begin to develop will be reading.
READING SOME LANGUAGES EASIER THAN SPEAKING OR LISTENING
Reading words in Easiest Foreign Languages is much easier than speaking and listening.
When you first encounter Easiest Foreign Languages in print, you will be able to recognize and read the words similar to English.
So when you see an Easiest Foreign Language in print, you can skim through it looking for words you recognize as related to English.
When you travel, recognizing even a few words related to English can be of help to you in foreign countries.
Seeing words similar to English in an Easiest Foreign Languages will enable you to begin to read a little in foreign languages.
READ YOUR WAY AROUND EUROPE
The ten Easiest Foreign Languages related to English all originated in ten countries in Europe.
You will find that reading some Easiest Foreign Languages will help you read your way around Europe. Because finding your way around depends so much on reading, even more than speaking and listening.
You can try to read an Easiest Foreign Language at your own pace, unlike being forced to keep up when trying to listen to a foreigner speak.
Since so many foreign words resemble English, it makes sense to take advantage of your entire lifetime experience with the English words that resemble foreign words.
WHY HAS READING FOREIGN LANGUAGES BEEN NEGLECTED?
A classroom has been the place most people began studying a foreign language for a language requirement in school.
And a language teacher who is fluent in the foreign language is at the head of the classroom, primarily to give students a model for speaking the language the correct way.
So language classes rush into speaking the language in class right from the start.
Instead of first easing into the foreign language by reading as much as they can with the help of all the foreign words related to English -- before trying to speak the foreign language.
So as a result of this classroom emphasis on speak-right-from-the-start, few foreign reading materials have been prepared around all the foreign words related to English to help students read first.
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