The English language is indubitably the most important language in the world at the moment. We Indians, belonging to non-English speaking communities, use it as much as the English. Apart from having economic and considerable commercial importance, the English language can be your gateway to learning a whole lot of foreign languages. Since English is a European language, you can expect to learn most of the other European languages, which share many similarities.
Here is a list of those languages which you can learn very quickly if you are aware of the English language:
The French language is closest to English. If you are very well versed in English vocabulary and grammar, learning French will be the easiest. Once you start learning French, you’ll understand that the rumours surrounding the difficulty of learning the language are false. English, as we know, has formed out of combination of various languages. Out of which, French has had been the most influential. You’ll find many words having their predecessors in French. You won’t be dependent only on a French-English dictionary; most words can easily be understood by you. French sounds very beautiful when spoken like the French, or, at least, close to their pronunciation.
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian are all known as the romance languages. Mind you, this romance is not the boy-meets-girl deal. They are the languages which were used to write classics. English, as is used now, is a much later formed language. Spanish will again be easier if you are already acquainted with a bit of French. However, knowing French is not a mandate in this case. In case of the Spanish language, pronunciation will not be an issue as it is in the case of French. They pronounce what they write. There are very less alphabets which are kept silent. It is actually a very beautiful language.
All of the above mentioned languages, including German, use the same script, because of which learning them becomes very easy. And, for that, you need to be very well versed in English. The German language sounds very rough and masculine. It’s actually as hard as the Germans themselves. It’s the language of Hitler. You might as well want to learn it know the man better! English has a lot of loan words taken from Germany, which you will eventually find out. The details in grammar will also be easier to grasp.
The Portuguese language shares many similarities with their Iberian neighbours. If you know English as well as Spanish, you might just need a month to get to the root details of Portuguese. However, if you know only English, then it might take just a little longer. This language is again very soft and feminine and soothing to the ears. It sounds very difficult and alien, but once you start learning one of these languages, you’ll instantly develop an interest to know the rest. And trust me; it’s not going to be as difficult as you feel it to be.
If Latin is the body, English is one arm. The rest of the body are the other languages. It’s like our very own Sanskrit. Sanskrit has given rise to most of the Indian languages. These languages, although dead (used only in sacred purposes), are worth learning. You’ll have to try very hard to find a teacher, but once you find one, it will be a nouvelle experience. Latin is the language from which all the European languages have evolved. The script used in Latin is that which is used in English and the rest. Learning Latin might be a tad bit difficult than the rest, but, not altogether impossible. Go for it, you’ll learn much more than just the language.
Again, very close to English, the Italian language is one of the best languages in Europe. While learning this language, all you need to be really careful about, is the pronunciation. The combination of words in this language doesn’t get pronounced like in English. Once you are thorough with that, everything else will fall in place. For example, Marcelo would be pronounced as Marchelo in Italian. It’s a wonderful language, you must give it a try, since you are already armoured with the knowledge of the English language.