i am currently studying three languages, the first two for a long time and am a begginer in spanish. I would also like to learn french, but I am concerned of how many I can cope with. I'm scared because, in languages, there are so many similar things that can get mixed up and you end up using words from one language to another... How do you deal with it?
I certainly don't think you are alone in this concern. I am currently stregthening my Spanish, and newly learning Italian and French. 1. Do not be scared. If you find out you can't handle them, drop one for the time being. 2. There are a lot of similarities, but don't let that scare you either. Consider English, we often have a ton of words for the same basic meaning- but we know which one to use. With pracitce, you will too. On that same note, learning similar languages at the same time (latin based for example) can make it both easier and harder. Easier because they are similar, harder because they are similar. Just something you will have to build up to. :)
Personally, I have a cheat sheet, which I see no harm in having at all. If I find I am getting two meanings mixed up, I will write them down and practice them. Physically writing them can help improve them in your memory - just another storing tool. Writing each language in a different color also helps match them in your brain. Good luck!!
Learning a language I just "think" in this language, I just use the thing inside my head, and it goes. I think you can do it too. Just associate and combine. Btw I'm Polish, know English and Spanish and learning the other ones, Portuguese as a "similar" to Spanish, German, French for fun, Italian for fun too. It's a great exercise for your brain and a great way for broadening your general knowledge through languages I think. I think there is nothing to be afraid of though some things can mix a veces.
Se me ocurrio ahora decirte que tambien esta bueno que sepas algo de cultura, de costumbres, esas cosas tambien ayudan mucho en el proceso de aprendizaje de una lengua. Bueno, cualquier cosa que necesites, estoy aqui, me fue mas facil usar ahora espanol que ingles, espero ser clara, saludos.
What are the languages you speak? What is your contact with them?
I speak 3 languages and at times, it happens I don't use one of them for a longer period of time. I start searching for words, but as soon as I get to talk again, it all comes back pretty quickly :-) If you have high exposure to the languages you're learning, it shouldn't "fade away".
I have more trouble though with my Spanish, as I don't have many Spanish-speaking friends :-( But I try reading novels, watching movies (w/o subtitles), listening to the radio...
It really all depends on which languages you're learning and your exposure to them I think.
Then imho you should postpone learning French. both Spanish and French are latin-based languages, which will make it really hard for you not to mix them.
I would recommend you to focus on your latin, which will help you a lot in Spanish and in French. Once you know the basics in latin, go with the Spanish. Then try to reach a decent level, which means being able to have a simple conversation and mastering the main tenses - both indicative and subjunctive. Once you can do that, you'll start French lessons.
Else you might mix up everything, because French and Spanish are really close regarding the vocab and the sentence structure, but not the same (beleive my, I'm a native French speaker trying to master Spanish). If you do that, you should learn French in no time -- or you can do it the other way around, French then Spanish, that will work too.
I'm not a big fan of learning too many languages at a time, because I believe there is a risk of mixing everything up, especially if they are close to each other. Once you're secure enough to have a short conversation, you may proceed. I know some people will say the opposite; it's for you to make up your mind...
And in the end, it also depends on the time you have on your hands, the time you give yourself to achieve mastery and most importantly the level of mastery you aim at achieving...