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Learning More than 1 Language at a time

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Do you think that we can learn more than 1 language at a time? And if yes,how many? I've seen some people noting that we can learn more than 1 language at a time,but we should pick languages from different branches.I totally agree with this,but this doesn't happen with all people.It depends on each personality.And what I think is that we can learn 2 languages from the same category at a time,but not so similar.For example,we could take up Icelandic while learning Swedish because these ones aren't so similar even if they belong to the same category.Or we could pick Spanish while learning Romanian.So what do you think?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/strmzzz
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I think that you can, but make them different such as Chinese and Norwegian for example. That's because, from my experience, learning two similar languages at the same time causes confusion and you sometimes mix the words between them because the languages sound and look really similar!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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Ι agree wιth yoυ :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blockhause
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You can but that depends on your own flexibility and interest. Also, limit the amount of new words you learn on a daily basis and you can learn more than one at a time. Currently I am learning German seriously (outside Duolingo), but also Portuguese and Russian on Duolingo, although the last two are more for fun. I haven't yet mixed them up, but that is also because they are from three different language groups.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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Yes but it hasn't to do always with the language group.For example, Icelandic and Danish, which are from the same language group aren't so similal,just like spanish and romanian ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leonig01
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You can do anything you want. Of course, that would affect the effectiveness of the study. So basically, it's all up to your skills and talents :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ikkyugal1
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I do three languages a day. I started German because I had forgotten most of my native language and am planning a trip there next year. French came a few weeks later in order to re-fresh all that I learned in high school. A few months later, I added Italian. Since I'd taken Latin in high school, many of the beginning words in Italian were easy, sounding and looking like English and/or Latin. The languages are so close in many instances and I find that makes learning them easier than if they were totally unrelated. I've only once got confused between German and French. I'd like to learn Tagalog, as my daughter-in-law is from the Philippines, but it is so different that I'm having a very hard time with it. I might also go back to Latin to learn all the stuff I was too lazy to do when in high school. So many languages, so little time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Some people have done it, I am sure of the level they reached. It requires more time. For me probably it will not work, everyone is different.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/painai2
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Learning more than one language is very much possible, however you needs lots of time to devote to your study.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu
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Having tried learning more than 2 languages at once, I can add my two cents. English is my first foreign language and I've been learning it for a long time. Junior high school is the time when you are forced to choose a second foreign language in Poland. I'll skip the part how I ended up being in love with German, but it's my second foreign language.

These two languages are a good match as they are similar to a certain extent, yet they aren't similar enough to get mixed up. It's going well with learning both of them, even though I have plenty other activities to do.

At some point, two languages weren't enough for me and I decided to dabble in some more. I've tried Esperanto, Ukrainian, and Dutch and I have to admit it got me nowhere. As soon as I slowed down with them, I started forgetting more and more (despite using flashcards in Anki). Therefore, I recommend focusing only on one or two languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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So, which languages can someone learn Poland's schools? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu
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In theory, you can choose between French, Russian, Spanish, German, or Italian, but you usually end up learning German or Russian. French is becoming more and more popular, though. English is a mandatory subject for everyone, it goes without saying.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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Oh,why am I not living in Poland? In Greece you can only choose between French and German :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viersch
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In high schools some classes have Latin too (of course, only if it is useful to students, e.g. these learning law or biology). ;) There's also a rumour that in eastern Poland it's more likely that schools teach Russian, and in western - German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mettie7

Baakamono probably knows better than I do, but for Poland, I would have to guess English, German, and Russian to be offered almost everywhere there with French at some places? Then again, I'm not from Poland :#

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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Ok, no problem :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ManicaRubida

I would say - English is a must, German is available everywhere, Spanish/French/Russian in most cases, altough Russian is very uncommon pick and you need to have bad luck to end up with it ;) Don't know nothing about Italian (my school didn't have and I don't know anyone who has been learning it - so it must be rare) and finally if you are lucky you can pick some exotic languages like Chinese or Japanese (in bigger cities).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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It is possible for some people--everybody is different. Starting two new languages at the same time doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Better would be getting pretty good at one before starting the other. Or maybe work through a Duo course in a language, and then start the Duo course that teaches a second language, using the language you just learned. For instance, learn French for English speakers and then start German for French speakers.

In my own experience, it is better to concentrate on just one language, fully. With more than one it's too easy to switch away from a language when the going gets tough.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLeal07
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Yes, I think! WOOW 12 languages you have!! I give you my respect ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94
Stathis94
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I am not learning all of them,the only ones from them I do learn is Spanish and some Turkish and Norwegian.The others are just for fun :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLeal07
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Ok :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Silinorielle

Well, we study two foreign languages at the same time at uni. English and French. Though, when we started French we've already knew English basics, so we weren't on the same level in these languages. But we also had Latin during that first year? It was okay. I think if you manage to keep the languages separated inside your head, you should be fine. (We are taking up Spanish next semester and that means three languages at the same time, I still think it's gonna be fine).

2 years ago