Is Spanish Hard to Learn?

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Learning a new language can be difficult, but when compared to others, Spanish is not nearly as hard as you might think. Read on to explore why Spanish can be a good introduction to foreign languages.

How Hard Is Learning Spanish?

If we are putting Spanish on a scale of difficulty compared to the dozens of other native tongues from around the globe, it will certainly fall on the easier side; in fact, closer to the easiest of all. When you stop to consider how many factors go into the mechanics of a language, especially when it comes to dialects and writing, Spanish is a great choice. For an easy way to gain proficiency in Spanish, check out our Spanish 101 course, which uses short videos to instruct you in basic vocabulary, grammar, and common conversation topics.

Similar Letters

Let's consider the text of the Spanish language. With the exception of certain accents placed above letters, the entire Spanish alphabet, along with other Romance languages, is exactly the same as the characters in the English language. If you look at the symbols and letters in languages like Russian, Chinese or Hindi, what appears to be undecipherable to non-native speakers looks as natural as 'the' to those who have known the language from birth. In fact, Japan has three different alphabet systems: Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji. Spanish suddenly sounds pretty easy, doesn't it?

Similar Sounds

Even without any previous experience in the language, you can probably recognize a few words based on their roots and similarity to English pronunciation. On the other hand, words emanating from Africa and the Middle East are often so fundamentally different that they can sound alien to anyone who hasn't been exposed to these ways of speaking. Some African languages even utilize what English speakers would refer to as a 'clicking' noise as part of everyday speech.

Similar Languages

Because of the close nature of the relationships of Romance languages such as French, Italian and Spanish, once you begin to study Spanish, you'll have an easier time recognizing words in other Romance languages. However, just the opposite can occur in other methods of speaking. For example, the Chinese language has eight different dialects, so referring to the 'Chinese language' and even telling someone that you 'speak Chinese' could mean one of many different versions of the language.

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