Germanic languages from the easist to the most difficult

fuchs   Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:44 pm GMT
This is my list, taking into account pronunciation, grammar, morphology, syntax and spelling.

Leasnam   Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:55 pm GMT
Whaur is the Scots leid?

an the ither Germanic leids: Limburgs, Plattd├╝├╝tsch, Nedersaksisch, etc?
Guest   Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:08 pm GMT
English is easier than Dutch and Danish.
pato   Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:08 pm GMT
Amonst the most germanic relevant languages I would say:

laspak   Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:10 pm GMT
English is easier than Dutch and Danish.

I don't agree, English verb tenses are much harder than Dutch and Danish ones
Josh   Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:03 pm GMT
"Amonst the most germanic relevant languages I would say:

How is Faroese relevant if Norwegian is not? I'm pretty sure that Norwegian is spoken by many more people than Faroese.
nmnm   Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:09 pm GMT
I reckon Faroese is more relevant than Norwegian from a linguistic point of view, but this is just my opinion
Shrey   Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:45 pm GMT
Easiest to difficult (in my opinion):

1) English
2) Swedish - although hard to master the tones
3) Norwegian
4) Danish - very hard pronunciation
5) German - complex grammar
6) Dutch - easier grammar when compared to German but harder pronunciation.
7) Afrikaans - harder that dutch
8) Frisian
9) Icelandic - hard grammar (cases etc)
10) Faroese
Leasnam   Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:48 pm GMT
What also needs to be considered is who is doing the learning.

If it's an English speaker, for example, then Scots, and Dutch are easiest.

If a Danish speaker...then Swedish
nonno   Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:44 pm GMT
English verb tenses are light year more varied and complicated than Swedish or Danish ones.....
Guest   Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:52 pm GMT
English verbs are already very easy. Adding more simplicity to the verb tenses would not make English substantially easier . I don't think Dutch and Danish are easier just because verbs are a little easier. Pronunciation, sintax and noun morphology are more difficult in these languages .
12345   Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:16 pm GMT
I wonder what's easier about the Dutch verbs compared to English. Both have irregularities.

I think it's like this and from what I've seen:
1. Afrikaans
2. English
3. Norwegian
4. Swedish
5. Danish
6. Frisian
7. Dutch
8. German
9. Icelandic
10. Faeroese
from abroad   Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:32 pm GMT
I buy
I'm buying

I will/shall buy
I'm buying
I'm going to buy
I'll be buying

I have bought
I bought
I have been buying
I had bought
I had been bought

Are there all these forms in Swedish, Danish or Dutch? When you learn English you have to use them properly.
from abroad   Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:34 pm GMT
I had been bought*

Sorry it's I had been buying :-)
tabulator   Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:45 pm GMT
So we have (so far):

2.5 - Afrikaans, Swedish
3.0 - Norwegian
4.0 - English
4.5 - Danish
5.75 - Dutch
6.0 - Frisian
7.25 - German
9.5 - Icelandic, Faroese