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How many languages do you learn at once? does it ever get confusing?

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I normally learn spanish and ive started to add polish to this. Although it gets really weird switching my brains tracks between languages and i feel like time spent on polish makes me worse at spanish. Its just that im on a time frame where ill be in spain in 6 months, poland in 10 months, japan in 14 months. Im not sure if i should just focus on learning one and forget about trying to learn languages for the other places. Seems kinda impractical to expect to learn two at once? i do practice 3 hours a day.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/choeisa

Most students in Europe are required to take 2 foreign languages on top of everything else. So I think it's quite manageable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JC-Belgium
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In Belgium, you have to learn 3 foreign languages: French, German and English. You can also add Old Greek and Latin. So I think it is possible to learn more languages at the same time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I do think it is possible to learn more than one language at a time. And yes, there will be some tough spots where you will get mixed up but if you're consistent, it'll come easier. I have been learning Spanish for almost 2 years now and this year have just started learning French and Esperanto. One of the things I do is one day I focus on Spanish only, learning new skills, strengthening, doing Immersion, reading Spanish books, etc. etc. The next day I focus on French only, doing the same as I do with Spanish. The next day Esperanto only, then going back to the beginning. I don't know if other people do this but going on like this really helps me. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sonofbaz

It is easier for me to do only one at a time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pseudocreobotra

The only languages I get mixed up are either really similar (that's why I stopped brushing up my French while learning Spanish at the same time) or the ones I know so good that I can use them without thinking about it at all. Usually, German (native) and English are the culprits.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aricinj
aricinj
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I am learning all my languages all at once. I can do it. It does get confusing at times, but I do it anyway.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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I am learning Dutch intensively right now and I have German B2 in school so it is manageable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
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Schwyzerd├╝tsch oder Hochdeutsch?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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Hochdeutsch

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
CHelvetica
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I ask because I remember you from your post, Everything you've always wanted to know about the Swiss but were afraid to ask in which you mentioned that you live in French-speaking Switzerland.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brina431719
Brina431719
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Learning more than one language at a time is achievable but everyone works differently so some will find it easier than others. Sometimes it can be easier to learn two languages at the same time if you're at roughly the same level in each, sometimes having a big headstart on one can help. I think it may be a case of trial and error until you find out if you are someone who can learn more than one at a time or if you need to concentrate on one at a time.

I am mostly focussing on German at the moment but have started the Russian course and am dipping in and out of a few other languages away from Duo. I am progressing in all of them but I think the key is to split up the study. For you, perhaps, study Spanish in the mornings and Polish in the afternoon? Or Spanish one day and Polish the next? Play around with how and when you learn and see what happens. If you still find yourself struggling to switch then maybe stick to learning one at a time. Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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At school I took English, French, Latin, and Russian simultaneously without trouble. A few years later, when I tried advancing my (very basic) Russian skills I found that the words that came to mind were always the French ones instead of the Russian.
Several decades on I now plan to finish my French tree (a lot of which is refreshing very old memories) before tackling the Russian one.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I am learning five, and I don't really get confused, even though I am learning similar ones. I guess my brain is just good at switching on and off!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Obelloe
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I started with spanish and french two similar languages and it was fine, i finished the trees then i moved on to german a harder language and just focused on that for a while, now russian is out, i have a handle on german so continuing the tree is fine while i learn a new language from the beginning. Russian is actually easy now that ive learned so much vocab in the other languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HakeemEvrenoglu
HakeemEvrenoglu
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If you plan to have your trees golden all the time, you need a lot of discipline to keep both trees gilded. I was not so disciplined, so I dropped out of French when I completed the Turkish tree, and now I didn't visit it for a long time (except for refreshing the first half of the tree) now that I am completing French.

By the way, I was not confusing them.... but being a perfeccionist made my life difficult hahaha

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I've been focusing on 1 at a time & continue reviewing the rest. I don't really get confused but I do realize it can take a while for brain to switch gears to the right language (I often think in German instead of Irish the first few min & vice versa)

I also get worried about forgetting or not practicing other languages enough so I'm sticking to laddering when I can. If you have a strong enough foundation in Spanish, I recommend taking a polish for spanish course on memrise.

2 years ago