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What is the Closest Language to English?

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The closest language to English is one called Frisian, which is a Germanic language spoken by a small population of about 480,000 people. There are three separate dialects of the language, and it’s only spoken at the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.

However, the closest major language to English, is Dutch. With 23 million native speakers, and an additional 5 million who speak it as a second language, Dutch is the 3rd most-widely spoken Germanic language in the world after English and German. It’s a very popular language to learn, not only because it is the closest language to English, but also because of the accommodating manner of Dutch natives. The Dutch people are famous for their acceptance of visitors. In fact, at any given moment in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, 30% of the population is composed of visitors. Unlike some cultures, the Dutch are far less likely to be offended if you make a grammatical mistake when learning to speak the language. So dive right in and practice your Dutch with confidence.

For the same reasons Dutch is the closest language to English, German is also a close language, and another one that many English speakers may find easier to learn. Dutch is commonly mentioned as the language nestled between English and German.

Whether you want to learn a language that is close to English, such as Dutch or German, or you have your heart set on another of the 23 additional languages that Rosetta Stone offers, we are confident that our program can help you achieve your goal.

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