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The Italian language is part of the Romance family, which means it has a lot of similarities between; Spanish, Portuguese, French and Romanian, Although English is not part of the Romance Family, rather it is in the Germanic Family, however the Romance family Heavily impacted the English we have today, as English shares a lot of Vocabulary with the Romance languages today, like Italian, Italian has a different sentence structure and grammar rules compared to English which may be a hurdle for learners to overcome, however, Italian also shares many cognates with English. So English speakers will easily recognize a lot of words.
Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for an English speaker to learn, this is because, Spanish shares a lot of similar vocabulary to English, and has a very straightforward grammar system, furthermore, Spanish is a completely phonetic language, which means it is written how it is spoken, which makes it easier for learners to remember spelling, as you can hear all the letters in the word! And Spanish and English share a lot of cognates, which will make English speakers recognize a lot of what is being said and written. The reason why Spanish and English have such similar vocabulary is that Spanish is part of the Romance family, just like; French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. This is significant because English also has a lot of words influenced by the Romance languages such as French.
Dutch is part of the Germanic family, which means it shares a lot of vocabulary from other Germanic languages such as German, which is easy for learners to understand a lot of words without even trying, these are called cognates, however Dutch has a tricky pronunciation and spelling compared to German, which is fully phonetic, The grammar and structure of Dutch is fairly simple, also your pronunciation does not always have to be perfect, this is because a lot of Dutch people pronounce things their own way, this is because there is a huge variety of dialects and accents. Also, nine in ten Dutch people can speak English, which is both a blessing and a curse.
To make Dutch even easier, you would need to speak German, as German shares a lot of nouns, verbs and grammar rules, and you will easily be able to recognize what is being said without speaking much Dutch.
Swedish is also part of the Germanic family, just like English, Swedish and English also share thousands of cognates, also about 90 percent of all Swedes speak English, which can be good and bad for an English speaker, as if you wanted to practice your Swedish, you most probably will get a reply in English, not because they think your Swedish is bad, and spare you the misery of trying, they are just as excited to use their second language and improve on it just like you! Swedish also has also a very similar vocabulary to Norwegian, if you learn Swedish, it will be it easier to Norwegian.
Swedish without question, for an English speaker. The grammar is much more simple than German or French, with no verb conjugation. The spelling is pretty familiar, the pronunciation is a small hurdle, but easy to get a grasp of. It has gender and agreement, a bit like French has, but not nearly as difficult as German.
Norwegian by far is one of the easiest languages for an English speaker to learn, as Norwegian has a similar vocabulary to English, and the grammar rules are much easier than English or German, if you learn Norwegian, Other Germanic languages will be a walk in the park, for example it would be easier to learn Swedish as they are closely related, also Danish has an almost identical vocabulary to Norwegian, however the hardest part of Danish would be the pronunciation of the words, Norwegian is a much clearer version of Danish, but Danish would be a tad easier if you were to learn Norwegian first. There is also a huge amount of Norwegians who can speak English, so they can help you on your journey to learn their language. Norwegian is like the middle child of both Danish and Swedish, written like Danish and sounding like Swedish. Norwegian also has a similar word order to English and easy grammar rules for example;
En Mann = A man Mannen = The Man
Mannen drikker vann = The man is drinking water