I'm learning French, Korean, and Chinese.
French was almost by accident, as I was getting tired of the difficulty of memorizing Korean words, and wanted to see how easy French would be in comparison. Turns out, almost exactly 10x easier, and I go through 100 new French words each day compared to 10 Korean. I have 10 more days before finishing my 5000-word French Anki deck.
I'm using Duolingo to help cement basic vocab, and learn French and Korean grammar. I previously used it for Spanish, and it worked well in providing a basic foundation in the language. I highly recommend it as a low-effort way to get started in your language of choice.
Interesting things about each language if you consider learning them:
French: This will sound obvious to most, but at least 80% of the words you learn are identical or near-identical to English words. Grammar is really easy too. French really is a no-effort language to learn if you already speak English.
Korean: It's listed as one of the hardest languages to learn by all bodies that measure such things, but the alphabet and grammar are all very regular and easy to learn, although the grammar is alien and takes some time getting used to. The only problem is that there is almost no shared vocabulary with any language outside of East Asia.
Chinese: Chinese is the easiest major world language to learn, except for the shitty writing system. Chinese grammar is like English but without all the stupid details and irregularities. The pronunciation is easy if you ignore tone, which you more or less can if that's the one thing keeping you from learning the language. You can be understood without them, and most Chinese people will still praise your Mandarin because they have very low expectations of foreigners speaking it.
Of course, chinese moon runes are cancer, but you can accomplish a lot without being able to read them - and it will be easier to learn them if you already know a good deal of the spoken language. Chinese is actually, along with French, a great low-effort language to learn.>>13798
Russian spelling has two faults:
- g is pronounced v in -ego and -ogo endings.
- Stress isn't indicated except in learner texts.
If you know the stressed syllable, a Russian word's pronunciation is completely predictable from the writing.
Cyrillic is an aesthetically horrible writing system though.