Which language is the most similar to English?

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    Which language is the most similar to English?

    Is it Frisian?

    I don't know if this is the "official" answer, but have a look at this poem:

    You can read this poem, as is, without changing a thing (except your accent) in both English and Afrikaans.

    And the great thing is that roughly 85-90% of the meaning of the poem will also stay the same.

    Groovy no?

    EDIT: It occurs to me I should give the Afrikaans translation, so you can see where the differences lie.


    My pen is my wonderland

    Becomes water in my hand

    In my pen is wonder ink

    Stories sing. Stories sink.

    My stories walk. My stories stop

    My pen is my wonder mop

    Drink letters. Drink my ink

    My pen is blind. My stories shine.

    So actually, only three words that have a different meaning in Afrikaans.


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