Foreign languages have many words similar to English.
These foreign words similar to English are called COGNATES.
Many foreign cognates are spelled exactly like English.
Even more foreign cognates are spelled slightly different than English, but look related.
Ten foreign languages each have thousands of these cognates similar to English.
These ten languages with thousands of cognates similar to English are the easiest foreign languages for English-speakers to begin learning.
Five of these easiest foreign languages for English-speakers to learn because of all their cognates are Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Romanian – all Romance languages [from Roman Latin].
Also easiest for English-speakers to learn because of all their cognates are German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish -- five in the Germanic Language family with English.
In each language, the words similar to English can be called Easiest Spanish, Easiest French, Easiest Italian, Easiest German, etc. These are the cognates in each language that are similar to English.
So each Easiest Language has thousands of cognates similar to English.
Discover how much you know about Easiest Languages just because you know English. You will recognize more foreign cognates than you realize.
Find out all the ways Easiest Languages are similar to English, before starting to struggle with the differences.
It makes sense to begin by putting some of the already-learned skills of your first language English to good use in helping you learn a second language.
Since so many foreign words resemble English, it makes sense to take advantage of your experience with cognates in English. You have spent years or your entire lifetime with these English words that resemble foreign words. You know how to pronounce them, what they mean, how to use them in conversation, all without thinking about them consciously. Think a thought and these words spring to mind. So will their corresponding foreign cognates, perhaps just a little more slowly.
A thousand foreign cognates similar to English are easier to remember than ten foreign words unrelated to English.
If you've traveled to countries with difficult languages, like Japan or China, you know how hard it is as an English speaker to learn and remember even a few of those foreign words in difficult languages unrelated to English.
These ten languages related to English are not the only Easiest Foreign Languages with cognates.
For Spanish speakers, their Easiest Foreign Languages with cognates are Italian, Portuguese, French, Romanian, and English.
And other Easiest Foreign Languages are available in other families of languages that share many of the same cognates.