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Learning more than one language..

Hey guys,

I see a lot of people on this site are learning more than one language and I was wondering how difficult that was.

Do you manage to stay on top of both languages? Is it difficult to learn more than one?

Excuse my naivety, any advise welcome!

Thank you x

2 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Middangeard
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It's all up to the person, some are better at it than others.

General rule is if you're going to study multiple languages, try picking ones that are very different. You won't want to study Norwegian and Swedish simultaneously because of the similarities, but you might want to do a scandanavian and a romance language simultaneously. For similar languages, wait until you're rather proficient in one then move on to the next similar to help build upon the knowledge that you already have.

If this is your first second language, I would suggest keeping up with German for a while before you start adding with another language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Javret
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I think it depends on if they are the same language family. Learning two Slavic languages at once is very challenging. I think if they were two separate families (say russian/french spanish/ukrainian) it would be easier.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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I focus on one tree at a time then just do the others as review lessons. Most of the languages I study are from the same family so it's a little easier.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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It depends on many factors, most of them personal. Don't forget people studied languages before Duolingo existed, so some people may only review them using Duolingo, while also possibly learning a new one. That's certainly my case. Others just try every new language offered on Duo to see how it sounds and decide if they want to pursue it. Some may have studied a language up to finishing the tree and then started a new one, without maintaining the first, but both will still appear on their profile. Some will subscribe to a course for a language they already speak fluently, only to help learners in its forum.

It depends how much time you have, how many languages you already speak (the more you speak, the easier it becomes, the most effective you are at studying and the less likely you are of mixing them up), how much you know each language you study... Starting 4 languages at the same time isn't such a good idea, especially if you don't speak any foreign language already. Some will pull this off, but most will either drop out naturally of some or all of them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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If you know the basics of most languages in a language family, it will be a lot easier to memorize the vocabulary in another language of the same family. In my case, I didn't know much Portuguese until last year, but I did know the basics of Italian and Spanish (as well as my native Romanian), which greatly helped my progress. As you can see, I am currently level 10 in Portuguese. Even with Dutch, knowing English very well (as well as a bit of German) helped me quite a bit.

The big problem are languages that you have to start "from scratch", so to speak. In my case, to some extent the Slavic languages, and to an even greater extent the non-Indo-European languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thelostcowboy

Thank you for your comments, I will leave it a while before I start on another language. The one I was hoping to learn doesn't come available until September next year anyway (Hebrew) so I will hopefully be far enough ahead with German :)

2 years ago