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- Easy and my native language is not an Indo-European language21% (6)23% (5)22% (11)Vote
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Most Helpful Guy
It was easy for me, although, my first language is Slavic (Croatian).0
Most Helpful Girl
I am fluent in English and Spanish (bilingual from birth, although my father strongly emphasized English assimilation).
My "second" languages:
• professional-level in Italian and French
• conversational in Tagalog and Haitian Kreyol
• passably functional in Russian, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Finnish, Ilokano, Portuguese, and Catalan.
• I know a few words of Navajo, which I tried to learn as a gift to my grandfather before he passed.
I might be forgetting a couple "passably functional" ones, LOL.
• Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, and (to a lesser extent) French were pretty easy, because they are so similar to Spanish.
• Becoming passably functional in Tagalog and/or Ilokano is easier than it seems, because most Filipinos these days throw about 40% English words into those languages. (Think of how internet-language contains lots of English words, in most languages... except imagine doing THE WHOLE LANGUAGE like that.)
• My husband has spoken Kreyol since his early childhood, so, picking it up in bits and pieces just kinda... happened.
• Japanese and Korean have VERY few sounds, so they are very easy to understand. This makes them easier to learn.
• Finnish is super complicated, but has almost no words that are "irregular". So, once you are familiar with the crazy variety of Finnish noun and verb cases, there are pretty much no surprises, ever.
Also, EVERY Finnish word is stressed on the first syllable, always.
• Russian was harder for me to learn to understand -- especially because I learned it from a Russian roommate whose Moscow accent made 3 different vowels sound exactly the same😂😂
Also, Russian words have irregular stress (like English words -- I want to PRESENT you with a birthday PRESENT). You just have to memorize which syllables get the accents. No other language I've learned (besides English) has that, so, that added a whole layer of difficulty.
Cyrillic wasn't a problem, surprisingly.
• Khmer is fucking hard. I still can't read it at all, just speak the basics.
• Compared to Navajo, EVERYTHING is easy. Probably even learning to fly with my bare hands.
My attempt to learn Navajo was a total shit show. There's a REASON this language was an unbreakable code during WWII, kiddies.
Scroll down to "Navajo" on this page, and behold the hot mess:
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