Why is it always assumed that Pascal is easier to learn than other languages?
Is it because it uses more words than C/C++? If you really want a language that has a minimum amount of symbols and relies heavily on words try Dylan (http://www.functionalobjects.com/
). It is a fully object-oriented language that has lots of features academics love that you cannot find in C/C++, Pascal, Java, Fortran, or COBOL. If nothing else it is the most verbose language I have ever come across. Besides the compiler generates fast code that compares favorably to C and beats C++ in most cases. Of course executable size is a completely different story.
COBOL must be a near second place on the verbose scale. I haven't tried it on the new Visual Studio, so I have no idea how well it compiles ... does it compile? When I first dealt with COBOL, it was a few decades ago - so I don't remember the details of its operation.
You can go with BASIC - that is what it was designed for, after all. Part of the Pascal craze was started because it compiled
when BASIC didn't. The modern version is VisualBasic on PC and ... RealBasic on the Mac.
If, however, you want to avoid anything resembling words in your computer language, there are a few of those too.