Friday, 27 March 2015

An Analysis of Romance Language Difficulty by Verb Tense

One way to measure language difficulty in the Romance languages would be to look at verb tenses and compare their difficulty across the family.

Let us take a look:

Most difficult: Italian and European Spanish (generally 6 endings, though American Spanish only has 4-5).

Average difficulty: French is simplified from a morphological point of view compared to European Spanish and Italian: it has 3-4 endings for each verb tense. Furthermore, plurals are not pronounced except when liaison is required.

Easiest: Standard Brazilian Portuguese makes use of just 2-3 different endings for every verb tense. more

from The Russophile's