This article will bring you to the list of the easiest languages to learn for Spanish speakers. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it giving you some advice. Spanish falls into the Romance branch of languages, and all Romance branch languages are derived from a dialect spoken by the common people in the Roman Empire. So naturally, it will be much easier for you to learn other languages in the Romance branch. There are quite a few languages in the Romance branch. However, we are not going to cover all of them, as some are not spoken by many people. We will primarily be focusing on languages that will allow you to connect with a greater number of people and we will also be focusing on a lexical distance of languages from Spanish. If you are wondering what lexical distance is, don’t worry, we’ll get to that too.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the easiest languages to learn for Spanish speakers from their list.
Romanian is the most distant language from Spanish in the Romance branch of languages. So in theory, it would take the most effort for a native Spanish speaker to learn Romanian among all the other languages that share similarities with Spanish. Over 24 million people spread across two countries speak Romanian. However, the biggest demographic of Romanian speakers are from Romania itself. At number two on our list of easiest languages to learn for Spanish speakers, we have Italian according to lexical distance. If you go for Italian, you will be able to communicate with around 62 million people in their mother tongue. But, since we are talking ease of learning, the number of people speaking said language is not of concern. According to the map of lexical distance, Italian will be much easier for a Spanish speaker to learn compared to French or Romanian. Portuguese is the last one for today. There are around 200 million Portuguese speakers in the world if you count those who speak it as a second language. However, the language is commonly spoken primarily in Portugal and Brazil. After Spanish, Portuguese is the most spoken language in the Romance branch of languages. Therefore, we highly recommend that you give Portuguese a try. Since we are ranking the languages based on their lexical distance, we did not put Portuguese at the top spot.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 7 easiest languages to learn for Spanish speakers.