There is no such thing as a language that is universally easy. Difficulty depends on how different the foreign language is from the languages you already know.
As for native languages, all are equally easy as a first language. They all take years to master (we simply don't remember how hard it was or how...
Best answer: There is no such thing as a language that is universally easy. Difficulty depends on how different the foreign language is from the languages you already know.
As for native languages, all are equally easy as a first language. They all take years to master (we simply don't remember how hard it was or how long it took). A child learns everything about their first language from scratch, including every single sound, word order, meanings, etc.
For an English speaker learning a first foreign language, Portuguese is one of several natural languages that are among the easiest to learn for most people, per the American Foreign Service Institute. All other Latin evolved languages are in that group as well. They are more similar than different. The differences are minor and balance out in the end. Most other Germanic languages (like English) are also in that group, except for German, Icelandic, and Faroese.
A Japanese speaker, for example, would find very little in common with Portuguese. Almost everything would be alien: several of the sounds. Many of the syllable patterns. Almost every word. Word order. Verb tenses (Japanese only has verbal aspects). Conjugation patterns (Japanese verbs do not reflect person or number). Personal pronouns are barely used in Japanese and function quite differently. Japanese lacks a word that corresponds to "have" and has three basic words for "be" that are not interchangeable.
The idea that there IS an easiest language for the world is false.
Note also: Esperanto, a constructed language, is considerably easier for an English speaker (and for many other languages) than Portuguese, requiring only 150 hours of study instead of 600 to reach competency (not fluency). Esperanto is designed to have simple rules without exceptions and to appeal to a wide variety of language backgrounds, but its difficulty level is still relative. Some learners would still find it alien enough. Portuguese is not designed (it evolved) and has a fair amount of inflection (which is notoriously difficult for any outsider learning such a language, and is even more alien if the learner speaks no languages that have any sort of inflection).
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