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[Ep. #14] There Aren’t Any ‘Hard’ Languages



One of the most common issues that comes up in language learning is whether or not certain languages are easier than others.

In this episode, I respond to this with an anecdote from my time in Korea going between Korean, Irish and French.

Summary:

  • After spending time learning Korean in Korea, French felt like a walk in the park.
  • Difficulty first and foremost is relative – it depends on your first language and experience.
  • The easy/difficult dichotomy only exists in the very beginning but goes away after you’ve adjusted to the changes.
  • Expect some adjustment time but things will get much easier as time goes on.

Related blog post:

Right here I talked about the question of easy vs. hard languages.

Resource: I highly recommend italki for language practice and seriously affordable lessons in most languages.

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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic) and simplifying language learning.
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