Museum Of Knowledge, What is harder for Portuguese speakers to learn; English or French? 15062018

What is harder for Portuguese speakers to learn; English or French?

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked what the best techniques are for learning a language and which factors affect a student’s progress. What is harder for Portuguese speakers to learn; English or French? There are clearer similarities between Portuguese and French that both enjoy a Latin base even though accents and spelling of words and phrases is highly differentiated.

Sentence constructions and placement of adverbs and pronouns follow a similar structure for Portuguese and French. These factors alone will make is French far easier to learn when compared with English in terms of developing and perfecting your linguistic skills. Some French and Portuguese grammatical rules are also similar so on the whole Portuguese speakers will find it dramatically easier to understand the structure and context of French in the first instance.


Museum Of Knowledge blog, Easier to learn French or German 23022018

Which language is easier to learn; French or German? by @MOKKnowledge

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked whether there is a difference between learning one language over another. Do the same skills apply? Which language is easier to learn, French or German? The ease of learning one language over another is dependent on various factors.

A student who has already studied a language other that their Mother tongue is much more likely to be able to adapt to a new language. Therefore a student who has learnt French may find learning German fairly accessible. To compare each language, French and German in isolation of each other in terms of difficulty, some of the most experienced linguists would attest that German is more difficult due to the German accent and pronunciation as well as complex German grammar rules.

Differences in grammar rules may make German more difficult to learn compared with French, but this is mostly because Germanic languages have differing rules that do not apply to the most widely spoken Latin based languages such as French (150 million worldwide speakers), Italian, (60 million worldwide speakers), Portuguese (250 million worldwide speakers) and Spanish (470 million worldwide speakers). Latin languages are also referred to as Romance languages and originally evolved from Vulgar Latin spoken in the Mediterranean regions during the Roman Empire between the sixth and ninth centuries. For these reasons there is great synergy and similarity between the various Latin languages especially in terms of sentence structure and grammatical rules.

Germanic languages include German, Dutch and Afrikaans derived from Dutch. Germanic languages from the Northern Germanic region include Swedish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Danish that are all considered on the whole to be more difficult to learn that Latin based or Romance languages. Why is German more difficult to learn than French?

One of the key differences between German and French is the usage of three genders in German (masculine, feminine and neuter) as opposed to the two genders (male and female) used in French. Some students may find the usage of three genders in German difficult to understand especially because correct deployment is not predictable. Every plural created from a noun differs in German with many irregular neuters and masculine nouns. Once again, those language learners accustomed to learning Latin languages such as French may find this aspect of gender composition difficult to absorb.

In conclusion, the perceived difficulty of German compared to French is based on the fact that German prose requires an alternative learning technique that does not apply when students undertake to learn French. Openness to new learning techniques and composition structures is the most important criteria for those who wish to learn German.


Museum of Knowledge blog, Write, Speak French in 3 months 01092017

Museum of Knowledge guide: Can I write and speak French in 3 months?

The Museum of Knowledge guides students who wish to make rapid progress with the language they choose to learn. Can students  learn French within three months? On a basic level, taking intensive classes to learn French is possible although it is important to classify what “learning” a language actually means. There are also different challenges students will face when learning how to write in French and speak in French.

Within three months, the Museum of Knowledge would say that students will have been able to learn French on a basic level. Students will learn various French words and phrases and some grammar. During the first three months French language learners will become more conscious of their vocabulary, grammar, sentence constructions, idioms and general comprehension. This will facilitate basic conversational competency, although one of the strengths of speaking French is the development of listening skills too. These skills may no be developed fully after a three month period. Writing skills will most likely be attained at a basic level if students adhere to writing texts that relate to structured content.

The Museum of Knowledge suggests the fastest way to speak French is by interacting with well-spoken French language speakers. Students should begin by memorizing French words and grammar as well as having the confidence to go out there and put into practice what they have learnt in theory. Online language learning platforms such as the Museum of Knowledge give French language learners the added benefit of being able to access content on the go, anywhere and at any time. This in turn facilitates their immersion into the French language and the development of French writing skills.

The Museum of Knowledge also observes that another key to success is dedication. Studying French within a group or via highly structured French language programmes that are both educational and enjoyable will enable French language leaners to learn French quickly with a given language learning timeframe in a systematic, consistent way.



Museum of Knowledge, Is it easy to Learn French blog 25082017

Museum of Knowledge guidelines: Is it easy to learn French?

Many language learners seek new ways to learn a language and often wonder if one language is easier to learn over and above another. Is it easier to learn French many students often ask us? The Museum of Knowledge response is that French is a very, very sharp and emphatic language. Many language learners may feel embarrassed speaking French because there is nowhere to hide if you get it wrong and there is so much emphasis on accentuation making it difficult to sound French if learners do not perfect this discipline.

French is very much focused on accentuation, precision and dynamism with nuances such as placement of accents making a huge difference as to how the language is pronounced. The correct pronunciation of French is an essential element that will set language learners apart and enable them to speak French like a native.

The key therefore to learning French is to practice and listen. Precision is the key to learning French and communicating with ease.