The easiest languages for English speakers to learn

Following on from our last blog post about tips for making languages easier to learn, today we’re going to be visiting several of the top ten easiest languages for English speakers to learn. Just think – if you choose one of these languages and then apply the tips we offered earlier in the last post, you could be holding conversations in your language of choice in no time!

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Saving Sami one rap at a time

The Sami language is spoken in Northern Norway and Finland by an ever-decreasing group of people – less than 20,000 people now speak the language, and numbers are only in decline as Norwegian and Finnish creep further and further up the Nordic region, and it may one day usurp Sami entirely.

However, Nils Rune Utsi is a man on a mission to reverse this downward trend in Sami speakers. In an attempt to boost interest in the language, he founded a rap group called Slincraze, rapping in Sami to make this language more relevant for younger generations and to stimulate interest with a view to making sure Sami stays in the consciousness of native speakers.

“I rap in Sami because it is my language and it feels so natural to me,” said Nils, “and of course I want to preserve the language in a way the youth can understand it… I feel it’s one of my duties to teach people to be proud to be a Sami.”

The concept is simple: if the Sami youth associate the language with something young, fresh and fun, they may feel more inclined to embrace the language themselves and want to keep the language alive. Of course, if Sami youngsters think about the language in a positive way, they will be more likely to ensure their own children learn Sami.

As is the case in so many parts of the world, the lesser-spoken languages are in danger of dying out at the hands of the dominant languages of the region. Lots of Sami children may well also speak Finnish and Norwegian, and may prefer to use these languages as a matter of prestige or to improve their chances in the job market.

There is a similar situation in Wales, where fewer children are learning to speak Welsh as English is regarded the language of prestige and global importance. There is a scene in the TV show Gavin and Stacey where Bryn, a man who has lived in Wales all his life, tells a group of Englishmen that ‘Nobody in Wales speaks Welsh’. Could we be seeing a similar situation arising in the future with Sami?

Take a look at one of Nils’ songs on YouTube:

If you were a speaker of an endangered language, how would you go about making it relevant and a desirable language to learn?

Find out more about Nils’ pledge to save Sami>>

Learn how to speak Sami>>

LANGUAGES J – O (USA)

Here are our recommended language courses for languages J – O.


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Language Best Bet 1 Best Bet 2 Best Bet 3
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J
Jèrriais Talk Now!: Jèrriais
K
Kannada Talk Now!: Kannada
Khmer Talk Now!: Khmer
Kirghiz Talk Now!: Kirghiz
Klingon Talk Now! Klingon
Korean Pimsleur: Korean Rosetta Stone: Korean Collins: 40 minute Korean
Kurdish Talk Now!: Kurdish
L
Latin Teach Yourself: Latin Rosetta Stone: Latin
Latvian Teach Yourself: Latvian Talk Now!: Latvian
Lithuanian Teach Yourself: Lithuanian Talk Now!: Lithuanian Pimsleur: Lithuanian
Luganda Talk Now!: Luganda
Luxembourgish Talk Now!: Luxembourgish
M
Macedonian Talk Now!: Macedonian
Malagasy Talk Now!: Malagasy
Malay Teach Yourself: Malay Talk Now!: Malay
Malayalam Talk Now!: Malayalam
Maltese Teach Yourself: Maltese Talk Now!: Maltese
Manx Talk Now!: Manx
Maori Talk Now!: Maori
Marathi Talk Now!: Marathi
Mongolian Talk Now!: Mongolian
N
Navajo Talk Now!: Navajo
Nepali Teach Yourself: Nepali Talk Now!: Nepali
Norwegian Pimsleur: Norwegian Talk Now!: Norwegian Teach Yourself: Norwegian
O
Ojibwe Pimsleur: Ojibwe Pimsleur: Ojibwe

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iPod & MP3 Language Courses

language advantage brings you our top language courses to help you learn to speak a language on your iPod or MP3 player.

Our recommended language courses  can be  downloaded to your ipod and your mp3 player or even to your mobile phone, PDA or satellite navigation system.


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01 Earworms Rapid Languages

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for more information, reviews and to view the full range of Earworms Rapid Language courses>>

 

02 Michel Thomas Method>>

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03 Teach Yourself Conversation

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04 Collins 40-minute

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Learn a language on your iPod ® on audible.co.uk>>

05 Teach Yourself One-Day

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Learn a language on your iPod ® on audible.co.uk>>

 

06 Teach Yourself Phone

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07 BBC Quickstart

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08 In-flight: Learn Before You Land

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languages: Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

Learn a language on your iPod ® on audible.co.uk>>

 

09 Learn in Your Car

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languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

 

 

10 The Complete Idiot’s Guide

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languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish


Download Language Lessons & more at Audible.co.uk


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Learn to Speak Other Languages

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LANGUAGES A – Z: Find the language you are learning and then click through for the best and most innovative language courses.

Top 10 world languages

Languages A – C:  visit UK site | USA site

Afrikaans | Albanian | Alsatian | Amharic | Arabic (Egyptian) | Arabic (Gulf) | Armenian | Assamese |

Azeri | Basque | Bengali | Breton | Bulgarian | Burmese | Chinese (Cantonese) | Catalan | Chichewa |

Chuvash | Cornish | Corsican | Croatian | Czech

Languages D – I: visit UK site | USA site

Danish | Dutch | English (American) | Esperanto | Estonian | Farsi (Persian) | Finnish | Frisian | Gaelic

| Galician | Georgian | German (Swiss) | Greek (Ancient) | Gujurati | Haitian-Creole | Hausa |

Hawaiian | Hebrew | Hebrew (Biblical) | Hungarian | Icelandic | Igbo | Indonesian | Irish

Languages J – O: visit UK site | USA site

Jèrriais | Kannada | Khmer | Kirghiz | Klingon | Korean | Kurdish | Latin | Latvian | Lithuanian | Luganda |

Luxembourgish | Macedonian | Malagasy | Malay | Malayalam | Maltese | Manx | Maori | Marathi |

Mongolian | Navajo | Nepali | Norwegian | Ojibwe

Languages P – S: visit UK site | USA site

Papiamento | Pashto |   Persian (Farsi) | Pidgin | Polish | Portuguese (Brazilian) | Punjabi | Romanian |

Romansh | Rwanda | Saami | Sanskrit | Sardinian | Scots Gaelic | Serbian | Sesotho | Setswana | Shona |

Sindhi | Sinhala | Slovak | Slovenian | Somali | Spanish (Latin American) | Spanish (Mexican) |

Swahili | Swedish

Languages T – Z: visit UK site | USA site

Tagalog | Tamazight | Tamil | Telugu | Thai | Tibetan | Turkish | Twi | Ukranian | Urdu | Uzbek |

Vietnamese | Welsh | Xhosa | Yiddish | Yoruba | Zulu


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LANGUAGES J – O (UK)

Here are our recommended language courses for languages J – O.


These links will take you to our language course stores – click on the TOP COURSES tab and then use the search box to find your language course.

Language Best Bet 1 Best Bet 2 Best Bet 3
(audio/book) (cd-rom) (ipod/mp3)
J
Jèrriais Talk Now!: Jèrriais
K
Kannada Talk Now!: Kannada
Khmer Talk Now!: Khmer
Kirghiz Talk Now!: Kirghiz
Klingon Talk Now! Klingon
Korean Teach Yourself: Korean Rosetta Stone: Korean Collins: 40 minute Korean
Kurdish Talk Now!: Kurdish
L
Latin Teach Yourself: Latin Rosetta Stone: Latin
Latvian Teach Yourself: Latvian Talk Now!: Latvian
Lithuanian Teach Yourself: Lithuanian Talk Now!: Lithuanian
Luganda Talk Now!: Luganda
Luxembourgish Talk Now!: Luxembourgish
M
Macedonian Talk Now!: Macedonian
Malagasy Talk Now!: Malagasy
Malay Teach Yourself: Malay Talk Now!: Malay
Malayalam Talk Now!: Malayalam
Maltese Teach Yourself: Maltese Talk Now!: Maltese
Manx Talk Now!: Manx
Maori Talk Now!: Maori
Marathi Talk Now!: Marathi
Mongolian Talk Now!: Mongolian
N
Navajo Talk Now!: Navajo
Nepali Teach Yourself: Nepali Talk Now!: Nepali
Norwegian Teach yourself: Norwegian Talk Now!: Norwegian Teach Yourself Conversation: Norwegian
O
Ojibwe

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