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TWO languages at ONCE?

So I REALLY want to learn more than one languages at once. (I actually have 3 languages in my bucket list0 I've also had quite a bit of an in-school head start on the languages (not at the same time). I am more proficient in one than the other, and i was wondering is it a good idea to go ahead and juggle both at the same time? I'm currently bilingual (if that helps..) and i was wondering if it's possible, and if so are there any tips and pointers i would need to know? I'm really passionate about these languages and would really love to just dive into learning them.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/writerjisung

It really depends on what languages they are and if you're willing to handle two or more languages at once. ^^

I'm currently learning...a lot of languages...haha, but it's going really well! I also know someone outside of Duolingo who is learning five languages at once and they seem to take it pretty good as well.

I do agree about getting used to one before starting another one though. Maybe once you feel have a handle in one language, go ahead and start another one then balance the two out. You don't want to start a new language and abandon learning the other one, or start forgetting the thing you learned. ><

If you think you are ready to learn and handle another language, I say go for it~.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Efian

Yikes, five languages? That must be a handful! Well if it's going really well then that's great. As for myself, i'm just currently focussing on one at the moment and picking up bits of the other as i go along. I suppose once i get a good handle on Spanish (the language i'm focussing on) then i can fully adapt the other? Oh and thanks for replying :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashiplo
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I'd say it depends on which languages you're planning on learning.

If they're very different from each other (for example, I speak Japanese and French, and am learning German) you shouldn't have any problems except managing your time while balancing several courses. This is more of a concern sometimes than I had expected.

However, if they're related languages (e.g. French and Spanish) you could run into some problems with mixing up vocabulary/spelling/verb conjugations/etc. because they are similar. Some people say that on the positive side, though, the languages can reinforce one another.

Either way, I'd recommend getting a good grip on one of the languages before starting the other. If you start with just one, you can put all your time and concentration into getting good at that one first. If you are learning more than one, you'll have to either reduce the time you're spending on each language, or increase your study time significantly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Efian

I'm pretty much learning spanish every single day by myself, for hours. I have some workbooks, duolingo, and some other websites and apps. I'm also learning ASL (VERY slowly) and Japanese (once in a blue moon, ahaha). As you mentioned, ashiplo, i pretty much abandoned Japanese after i started learning spanish (due to personal reasons), and have forgotten both the first and second writing system that i'd memorized. :/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi
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You would think learning two languages at once would be a cakewalk if they were very different, but I managed to mix Spanish and Japanese. Imagine that one! Of course, that was a few years ago and it didn't help that I was learning the same material in both languages simultaneously. It helps if you are studying on two different courses. I wouldn't say you need to attain fluency before adding another language to the plate, but at least try to aim for a basic knowledge of one before moving on.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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This video explains it a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZnkatthxg

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Efian

Thank you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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I think most people would say it's fine to study two languages at once IF - you are already fairly confident in one of the languages AND / OR - the languages are not closely related (i.e. Spanish and Italian are closely related. French and German are not).

That seems to be the accepted wisdom. If you want to try two similar languages at once and let us know how it goes, I'd love to know your experiences.

I don't think it's a good idea to do heavy learning of more than two or maybe three languages at once (depending on how much free time you have), or you won't have enough time or commitment to do any of them justice.

I'm actually studying three languages right now, but my Spanish I've been learning for 23 years and lived out there for almost 6 years so it's very well established - I'm just trying to do a final 'push' to perfect it; I intend to go in for a C2 exam some time next year, and Ido (a dialect/offshoot of Esperanto) is so easy I can make a lot of progress without needing to put too much time into it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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Sure it's possible, and you'll see many people doing it here on Duolingo. As to whether it's a good idea for you personally, nobody else can really tell you that, but you have nothing to lose by giving it a try!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Artgor
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This is quite possible. For example, I'm learning German and Japanese right now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/un_programmeur

I've been learning French off and on for years, and just started Spanish a month ago. It's OK because I'm much more advanced in French than Spanish. If I was at the same level I think it would be very hard.

4 years ago