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When we look for easy to learn languages for Spanish speakers, it is normal to look first among the Romance languages, that is, those that – like Spanish – come from Latin.

However, given the enormous influence of English as the lingua franca of the 21st century, it is Shakespeare’s language that is often the easiest for us to acquire.

In such a globalized world, almost everything is in English: most of the scientific documentation, most of the information available on the Internet…

But what are other easy to learn languages for Spanish speakers to learn?

Indeed, those that come from Latin, and that is due to the enormous resemblance they have with Spanish, sharing vocabulary, grammatical structures and even some spelling rules, at least in their elementary principles.

In any case, the best thing to do is to look at the following list.

Easy-to-learn languages for Spanish speakers

These are the languages that, according to our experience as a modern language academy, and that of thousands of teachers around the world, are the easiest for Spanish speakers to learn.

English

Because of its grammatical simplicity and its preponderance in the world, English is the easiest language for Spanish speakers to learn. In fact, it is estimated that 25% of the world’s population knows at least some English.

We are so exposed to this language that it is difficult to find an adult who starts learning English from absolute zero.

Portuguese

For many academics, Portuguese is actually the easiest language for Spanish speakers to learn. However, it occupies second place in our ranking because it is not common for a Spanish speaker to relate so much to that language.

Once you learn the vocabulary in Portuguese, which is full of false friends (embaraçada means embarrassed or ashamed and not pregnant), you just have to pay attention to cadence, rhythm and inflections to speak it at a good level.

French

Despite its nasal sounds, which are completely foreign to Spanish, and its varied accents: acute, grave, circumflex and umlauts, once these aspects are mastered, French becomes relatively easy for Spanish speakers.

French also gives many words to Spanish: the so-called galicisms or Frenchisms, words that etymologically come from Gaul, and that have been perfectly adapted over time to the language of Cervantes.

Italian

It is wonderful for a Spanish speaker to learn Italian. This unique yet sophisticated way of speaking has seduced millions of people who have acquired it as a second language.

In addition, it is a language that is particularly similar to Spanish in its structure and vocabulary, and often opens amazing doors in different industries such as sports, motorsports, cooking, fashion or fine arts.

Catalan

Anyone who speaks Spanish can learn in a short time to be fluent in Catalan. This is because the two languages share many similarities in their vocabulary, and the structures are almost identical.

Although many people may think that Catalan is only spoken in Catalonia, it is also spoken in other parts of Spain, in France and in Andorra.

Romanian

Maybe you didn’t know it, but you did: Romanian is a Romance language just like Spanish and Portuguese. In fact, it is the language that most closely resembles the original Latin, from which so many languages come, and shares 80% similarities with Spanish.

So you can learn something as exotic as Romanian in a short time if you put in the necessary dedication.

Japanese

Japanese? Really? Yes! For those who have Spanish as their mother tongue, it is quite easy to learn this language, since its phonetics are simple and the vowels are quite sonorous. For English speakers, on the other hand, it can be a torment in many cases.

It is important to learn the imported Chinese characters (kanji), as well as their syllabaries: katakana and hiragana. While that may sound complicated, it is relatively easy to learn.

Greek

If we have already included Romance languages, we must now include a Hellenic language: Greek, which, as it influenced the creation of Latin, has similarities with Spanish.

For example, like Spanish, Greek has five vowels that are pronounced simply (i.e., there are no long and short vowels as in English). That makes Greek a language you could learn without any difficulty.

Ruso

Russian is a spectacular language for world literature enthusiasts. Almost all the sounds on which this Slavic language is based are similar to those of Spanish, and to top it off, its vocabulary is largely influenced by Latin.

Of course: it uses another alphabet, Cyrillic, which can be a challenge to write, but only at the beginning. Over time, you will understand the function of each letter and have the ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Conclusion: The 9 easy-to-learn languages for Spanish speakers

All these languages make up the ranking of those which, according to students and teachers worldwide, are the easiest to learn for Spanish speakers.

If you want to learn one, write to us! At Lingua Language Center, we are ready to welcome you in our schools in Florida or on our online platform.