I may need to have basic fluency in a language other than English for a business school I am considering to apply for. Out of the usual suspects French, German, Spanish, Italian, French which of these would be the easiest to get basic proficiency in? Basic proficiency is being able to hold a basic business conversation. I would need to get to this level over a period of one year. Some of my initial research suggests French as being relatively easy however I find the pronunciation a little daunting (having to speak while pinching your nose). German is meant to be also relatively easier however does have some tough grammar rules. Although Spanish is second most spoken language (or has Chinese caught up?) in the world it has never done it for me. Advice?