Luca asked in Society & CultureLanguages 7 months ago

What language is more difficult, German or Russian?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    7 months ago
    Best answer

    For the AVERAGE native speaker of English, Russian is more challenging than German, like 1100 hours of class vs 750.

    Why? Because English and German are closely related. Both are west-germanic languages. That means a lot of words and grammar are the same or similar. Russian is Slavic

    • M.
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Good answer. 馃憤

  • 7 months ago

    Typically, the average native English speaker will have an easier time with German because German is much more closely related to English than Russian is despite Russian being related to both languages, albeit distantly.

    One reason why English speakers will typically have an easier time with Deutsch is because German phonology, lexicon and grammatical structure is more identical with English than Russian is. There are a lot of cognates that English and German share with one another and they are both West Germanic languages. In fact, Old English, the purest form of English before all of the linguistic, phonological and grammatical influences from Latin and Greek, was much more closely related to Modern German and Icelandic than Modern English is.

    Russian on the other hand, is an East Slavic language. East Slavic languages are distantly related to English and German. Their phonology, grammar and lexiconal structures are radically different and Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet.

  • L么n
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Russian has a different alphabet for a start so that adds a level of difficulty.

    • L么n
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Not if you try writing it in longhand!

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    german

    Source(s): experience
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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    The answer depends on where you are now, which you do not tell us. If your native language is Ukrainian you will find it easier to learn Russian than German. If your first language is Dutch then German will be easier for you to learn. Russian has many differences is grammar from Germanic languages such as Dutch, English, German, etc. It also have fewer cognates. Russian is written is a different script which you will need to learn as well as the language. So, if your first language is English, written in Roman script, you will have a much easier time learning German, another Germanic language also written in Roman script than you will have learning Russian, a Slavonic language written in Cyrillic script.

    There are also other factors that will affect how you learn. They include whether you have already learnt another language. At school and university I learnt French and acquired fluency by living in France. Because I already have a second language I found learning others easier. Another important factor is dedication. It does not matter which language you try to learn. If you are only going to do one hour per week you may as well not bother. It simply is not enough. You need to do some practice every day. It may not be possible to do a lot on some days, but daily practice is important.

    Also if you can try to speak with someone who is a native or, at least, fluent speaker of that language. That once was not easy advice to follow but with the Internet it is much easier to achieve. Remember languages are primarily meant to be spoken and if you are going to learn a language you need to dive right in and speak it from the outset.

    • M.
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Good answer. 馃憤

  • Robin
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Russian

    some of it doesn't make any sense when they are talking

    plus sometimes they get their words wrong when they speak

  • Boo
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    Russian conjugation is more complex. They decline nouns.

  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Russian

    • Luca7 months agoReport

      Can you tel me why? Is this just your impression because it has a different alphabet?

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