Actually, according to most studies, English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Coming from speaking Japanese, I can definately agree. Japanese was a very difficult language to learn, but to speak English with accuracy it takes years and years of study. Growing up in an English/Gaelic/Japanese speaking family didn't help much, either, but even the conversational part of speaking English is difficult to some. The problem is, English developed from overuse of different languages, combining roots from latin, Russian, Greek, German, even Gaelic and Japanese, and making them into different words. It's difficult to narrow English down to one language, unlike other languages that sprung from only that language itself, such as Russian, or Gaelic, or a higher class form of Japanese, without the Chinese influences. Those are difficult languages indeed, but easy to continue with once you pick up the basics. As for English, the basics change so often that it can no longer be classified as one language. Though it's not admitted, I find that English can be subdivided into smaller languages with their own certain slang and drawls. It's difficult for me to explain in writing, but I can explain it well in voice. Perhaps I'll record a voice memo and upload it sometime... but I'll leave it at that for now.