Visual Basic is easy, but not Visual Basic.NET - use Visual Basic 6 for learning. VB
.NET was kept mostly for marketing reasons (VB
users would've had coniptions if MS slew it), but the .NET framework tends towards the intermediate/advanced levels of programming mostly due to the Visual Studio environment, the All-Object orientation, and the dizzying error messages.
Apart from that, good learning languages include QBasic and Python (http://www.python.org
has all the details, and it's open source).