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    Why is Spanish much easier to learn than French or German even though these form the basis of English. Spanish is by far the easiest language that I have attempted to date. Gaelic was the most difficult even more difficult than Urdu and that has an entirely different script.
  2. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    25 Nov '13 01:56
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Why is Spanish much easier to learn than French or German even though these form the basis of English. Spanish is by far the easiest language that I have attempted to date. Gaelic was the most difficult even more difficult than Urdu and that has an entirely different script.
    1. Spellings are phonetic.
    2. A previous romance language (French) makes the vocabulary easier.

    I learned French, Latin, Spanish, Italian in that order.
    (At very basic level I may add ... GCSE "O" levels in French & Spanish,
    failed Latin, self-taught Italian)
    Spanish and Italian are far easier than French.
  3. Standard memberSoothfast
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    25 Nov '13 08:47
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Why is Spanish much easier to learn than French or German even though these form the basis of English. Spanish is by far the easiest language that I have attempted to date. Gaelic was the most difficult even more difficult than Urdu and that has an entirely different script.
    Well, as you know, German in particular has a lot of cases: nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. Spanish? Not as many, I guess. Also German has odd noun and adjective endings depending on case, etc. And three genders.

    I studied Russian on my own over the summer. Six cases: four as in German, plus instrumental and prepositional cases.

    I've read that Finnish has a couple dozen cases!
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    25 Nov '13 09:181 edit
    Originally posted by Soothfast
    Well, as you know, German in particular has a lot of cases: nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. Spanish? Not as many, I guess. Also German has odd noun and adjective endings depending on case, etc. And three genders.

    I studied Russian on my own over the summer. Six cases: four as in German, plus instrumental and prepositional cases.

    I've read that Finnish has a couple dozen cases!
    15 in Finnish and 22 in Hungarian, I believe.
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    25 Nov '13 11:54
    Originally posted by lolof
    15 in Finnish and 22 in Hungarian, I believe.
    I have 2 cases, one red and one white.
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    25 Nov '13 13:251 edit
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    I have 2 cases, one red and one white.
    ok, many thanks to all, i really wondered 😀
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    25 Nov '13 13:26
    Originally posted by lolof
    15 in Finnish and 22 in Hungarian, I believe.
    that's outrageous!
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    25 Nov '13 14:17
    I've never tried to learn Italian but i was taught French in school and for me Spanish is easier mostly because of a stronger desire to learn but also because the rules are so much easier to understand. Saying that it does get harder the deeper you go into it but learning the basics is easier in Spanish than it is in English.
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    25 Nov '13 14:24
    Originally posted by Trev33
    I've never tried to learn Italian but i was taught French in school and for me Spanish is easier mostly because of a stronger desire to learn but also because the rules are so much easier to understand. Saying that it does get harder the deeper you go into it but learning the basics is easier in Spanish than it is in English.
    That's how we feel about learning English: few rules, many exceptions and the more you learn, the more difficult it gets.

    When I studied German, I kept the same grammar book all the time. Many rules to learn but few exceptions.
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    23 Jan '14 08:20
    In fact German I just picked up 😉

    English was quite easy to be started with. French I found more difficult. But with French my attempts at rudimentary Italian and Spanish went well.

    Ancient Greek is a language I liked quite well, though I don't really considering that a language, we were never encouraged to "think" in that one, just analyze it.
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    23 Jan '14 10:08
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    In fact German I just picked up 😉
    😲
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    23 Jan '14 17:11
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    I have 2 cases, one red and one white.
    You should get the red one treated.
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    23 Jan '14 17:35
    jajajajajaja
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    23 Jan '14 17:45
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    jajajajajaja
    🙂

    That's what you say in Swedish when your children are asking you again and again for something and you are getting impatient

    jajajajaja!
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    RFF!! 😛
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