(Original post by IzzyWizzy)
French and German don't seem to constantly get labelled as 'easy' languages the way Spanish does. Why not? How come people who speak them don't go around saying how easy they are and how anyone can learn them? I haven't found any significant difference in the level of difficulty. It goes without saying that Japanese or Arabic are harder for an English speaker to learn than Spanish, but why does Spanish suffer from the reputation that it's for idiots? French has more similar vocabulary to English than Spanish and German and Dutch are similar to English in many ways. Why are people impressed when I say I know German but not what I say I know Spanish?
I don't think I've said Spanish was for idiots, and if I implied it, then you have all the rights in the world to kick my ass as hard as you can. I wouldn't dare saying that a language is for idiots, for I respect anyone actually having the balls to learn something they didn't learn from within their mum's womb. In terms of general stupidity (nah, it's definitely not knowledge in this case), German grammar appear to be harder than Spanish grammar, and if Spanish is a warm and welcoming language, German seems to be a bit of a ***** when you get to a good level.
I don't agree. Most people are terrible at it, and it's always the ones who think it's easy who speak it badly. Sure, some people speak it really well but I have classes full of people who have been learning English for 10+ years and are still at pre-intermediate level. Sure, they probably had bad teachers, but if English is so easy, how come they weren't able to teach themselves?
Motivation? If you don't want to do something, you're likely to fail. Plenty of people at school realised that English was important and put enough efforts into learning it for them to reach a good level despite the crappiest teachers ever, but the lazy ones just wouldn't do anything. It's the same for maths, tbh, I had maths lessons for 15 years and I still can't do anything with it
I didn't say it was hard for me to learn, but I've never found any language particularly hard. Obviously it's going to be harder for a European to learn Chinese, that doesn't need to be said, but I don't know why Spanish is always singled out as 'the easy one' by people who butcher it when they speak.
That, I know not, and it shall remain a mystery. Or maybe they just imagine that knowing a bit of vocab and making sentences that sound right is all that's needed to speak it. When I say it's easy, and I probably should have mentioned that before, I'm not talking about a level above A-Level level, as you're meant to reach fluency after A2 and I'd definitely agree with anyone else that mastering a language isn't easy. I heard that German gets considerably harder in terms of grammar when you get to A-Level standard, and the difficulty, in French (imo), is mainly French slang. I find most English with a good level of French speak like books and literally no native speaks like they do.
You do have a really high level of English. I'm talking about the masses of people who think it's easy because it's 'I play, you play, we play' and are completely unaware of just how complex it really is. I always say it's easy to speak English badly, and I think the same applies to Spanish.
It can apply to any language, really, the thing is everyone will react differently to such or such language, so in the end, it may just be that most people end up struggling with German or prefer Spanish therefore fiding it easier, and creating this "Spanish is for idiots" phenomenon.
From my point of view (but it's seriously biased as I find romance languages easier to learn), Spanish seems easier to learn and speak, it's not as rigorous as German and not as silly as French. As for saying the vocab of French is more related to English than Spanish is to English, nah, I wouldn't agree. French and Spanish are close enough to have (imo), the same level of relation to English, even if I think it's easier to learn Spanish after your learnt French than French after you learnt Spanish.