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Learning German and French at the same time?

Hello everyone! I have a little doubt that I think may affect my performance in learning those languages. First of all, my mother tongue is Spanish, English is my second one. I want to learn both German and French within two years due to an exchange program that my University is offering. Which one do you think is better to put more attention to?

  • I have a really hard time pronouncing french words and I can't make out most of them while others are speaking.
  • I can pronounce german rather well but I find it way more difficult to learn its vocabulary and grammatical rules.

I'd like to know your opinions!

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jbusike
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I think everyone learns differently, but what is working for me is focusing mostly on Spanish and trying to work in a little Esperanto every day, or even every other day at times. MY goal is by the time I find myself comfortable enough (or having to look past duolingo) with Spanish, I will have already built a foundation with Esperanto. Some days I just don't want to look at Spanish, so I focus on Esperanto and vice versa. So far I have had no problems with confusing the two. Best of luck with your language learning.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thanks a lot for your comment, I really appreciate it! Best of luck to you as well, and if you need any help with Spanish don't hesitate to ask.

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https://www.duolingo.com/xAngelique
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Personally, I believe German is a breeze compared to French. I'd prepare myself for French more just because I can't speak it as well as I can with my German. I spend most of my time practicing saying my French phrases and words. And for me, German grammar is pretty easy to pick up on, but I find that French grammar is a little bit more difficult.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thank you! I think we are almost in the same situation actually. Good luck with your learning!

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https://www.duolingo.com/xAngelique
xAngelique
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You're welcome! I wish you a good luck on your studies aswell.

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https://www.duolingo.com/jeroenvandinther
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Learning German and French at the same time should be feasible since they are both in a different family of languages. German is one of the Germanic languages in the same group as English, Dutch and Swedish, whereas French is a Romance language in the same group as Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. It appears to be easier two study two languages from different families, than two languages from the same family. There is a lot of overlap between French and Spanish which make it more difficult to separate the two (in the beginning). You probably don't experience that issue with Spanish and German that much. Shortly after I started Spanish, I tried to combine it with Italian, but I got confused by the overlap and had issues separating these languages. After finishing the Spanish tree I returned to Italian and managed to complete the tree in three or four months without mixing them up that much. The same thing happened when moving to Portuguese. Once a related language is developed enough, you should be able to combine it with another one from that language family. My suggestion would be to focus on German more than on French, but keep working on French at a slower pace until your mind can more easily separate Spanish and French.

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thanks a lot for your comment and advice, it really helped! Good luck with your learning!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Savona81
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Hi

I think you should focuse more on that language you like more because with more motivation you will learn easier.

I've heard that Spanish-speaking people have less problems to pronounce German and with French many people have problems because between the written and speaking French there is a difference. However French is closer to Spanish. Concerning the grammar both are not easy to learn. I think when you focuse more on speaking, reading loudly and looking for an language exchange partner the pronountiation will not be a problem anymore.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thanks a lot for your advice!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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This is my experience: In the beginning French is going to be more difficult, but the grammar, sentence structure, lots of words and others are very similar to Spanish and you can learn it in a shorter period of time. German is tricky and you need a lot more than DL to learn it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thank you for sharing! I'll keep it in mind!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Try French in Memrise.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Urgent-Sponge

I have no advice but I wish you well. Good luck! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Midnight_Owl

Thank You!

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https://www.duolingo.com/kemar14
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German its the grammar errors that get me but I found it much easier then I thought with french it's the pronunciation but most of it is coming back to me from school so it's not that bad

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frenchfrieslance

I'm also learning German to this date along with French and Spanish, I'd say that it is just a matter of concentration and passion for a language so you need to have this two so it will be easier for you to learn it at the same time. And also, divide you time in learning them

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