I’d always assumed the Swedes were just good at everything. She firmly denied these superpowers. “English is a lot more like Swedish than you realize.”
English is a part of the Germanic family and is linked to many European languages by descent or influence, and 50 percent of its vocabulary stems from Latin or French.
The result is that there are a lot of languages out there sharing common traits with English, which is great news when it comes to language study. When familiar structure or vocabulary is in place, the learning process becomes faster and easier.
But what is an easy language for English speakers to learn? The Foreign Service Institute listed the nine languages that are more similar to English and therefore the easiest languages for English-speaking folks to acquire.