Would you like to beсome a polyglot? Begin with the languages which are similar to ours.

You are lucky: you have a rich selection.

Similarity of Indo-European Languages

Each language is related to a so-called family.  English is considered to be a «member» of West Germanic group. It is natural the language ties with all its kin, such as:

  • German;
  • Dutch;
  • Danish;
  • Frisian;
  • Africaans;
  • Norwegian;
  • Swedish.

Scandinavian is familiar to us with pronunciation.

Lee Nelson, English speaker since early childhood, says:

To people who have no knowledge at all of English, the language sounds most like Swedish or Norwegian

Germanic family is a branch of a larger Indo-European one. English is very close to:

  • French, Italian (Italic);
  • Welsh (Celtic).

English is spoken widely across European countries. If you give preference to French or German, you will not suffer from shortage of practice.

A good news for young people who are going to become physician or philologist: English structure of vocabulary is linked with Latin.

You can pay attention to Slavic group, but bear in mind: Russian, Belarus, Ukrainian, Polish are inflective. All Slavic languages make use of a high degree of inflection, having more than five cases and three genders for nouns and adjectives.

An expert opinion in addition to our information: Rocket Languages (the company produces online learning courses) calls three easiest languages for English speakers to learn — Spanish, Portuguese, French.

Is it difficult to make choice?

Learn a dialect for a start. Scots is pretty easy to understand.