https://www.duolingo.com/oateasse

learning multiple languages from different source languages?

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I'm curious how many people are learning multiple languages with different source languages? I'm a native English speaker, was brushing up on my high school French, then adding German and other languages. Then I started the reverse, ie English from French, and English from German. Now I'm also working on French from German and German from French, and other combinations. I haven't gotten too far yet on these (level 2 mostly) but is interesting the different approaches the different lesson trees have and the ways certain languages fit with each other and give different translation nuances. Just wondering if anyone else has tried this and how it might work when you get further up the levels? There are significant differences I see already, but so far it has been beneficial, it seems.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I am (re-)learning French from German, which is my native language, and Norwegian from Englsih because it is not available from German. (Not really doing any work on Esperanto and Russian at the moment, I'll try and get to those later.)
As I already learned most of the French stuff a few decades ago, I'm not really interested in doing the reverse tree for that. And there isn't one for Norwegian.
What I find interesting is reading the comments on the Norwegian sentences because they show problems that native speakers of English have with some concepts which come naturally to a speaker of German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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German from Russian has been one of my favourite trees, and I've also completed the English from Russian tree.

I have made attempts at German <> French both ways, but my German is too elementary and my French too poor grammatically for either to work terribly well. German from French is good in theory, but I make stupid mistakes in my French.

I will probably have a dabble in French and any other languages that come out for German speakers, even if I don't necessarily get very far. Russian and maybe Esperanto are really the only source languages I'm comfortable enough in to study anything besides English. (I've dabbled in reverse/to English courses for Hungarian, Polish to a sort of significant degree, and in several others to a very minor degree), and obviously we don't have any from Esperanto... yet! Maybe one day...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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I always aim to complete all languages from English plus all languages from all languages from English, plus all their reverses and ladder combinations. I've achieved it a couple of times but I've fallen behind a bit recently with the surge in incubator activity! Next on my list (after Russian from English) are German and English from Russian, followed by Catalan from Spanish, and then German from Portuguese, French from Italian and German from French I think.... Unless Polish or Hungarian surface first :-p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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That's a laudable ambition - I am aware of my own limitations, so generally I'm sticking to a few languages I'm actually interested in! (Which is one of the reasons all my Romance languages appear static, 'cause it represents me messing around with the placement tests so I could laugh at the flirting skill sentences! The only exception is Catalan, where my sole ambition was to get to the flag ;-))

I am very excited for Polish and Hungarian.

My vague ambitions until then are to have a solidly gilded tree in Esperanto (more or less done), Russian (over half done) and maybe Ukrainian (haven't looked at it since Russian came out but I'm hoping it's not looking too terrible), and to eventually finish my German tree (whether this happens before or after Polish remains to be seen...). Then I might look at Dutch again, work on Norwegian a little more consistently, maybe even revisit Turkish, but I doubt if I will finish all or possibly any of those trees.

Polish and Hungarian, though, those I want to finish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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That's a veritable Duolingo forest you're growing there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I tried doing the reverse tree which I found was great for vocabulary but still too tedious to stick to. I tried laddering though - skipping from english course altogether & I really prefer that method over anything else. Going back to english based courses feels way too easy now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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I definitely find it a different challenge when I'm working on French from Spanish, one of my new projects, since I'm using one to reinforce the other... and it's trying, desperately, to get my brain to not need to swap back into English for the task between the two. That's the biggest benefit, though largely, I'm scaling the tree by testing out of each unit...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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Now that I've finished a couple of trees here, it's my goal to ladder when I can. I'll be learning some Portuguese in honor of the 2016 Rio Olympics next year, and I'll be learning it from Spanish. I figure, if I have a completed tree, then if I have the chance to learn a new language through another language that I already know, I might as well use a language other than English. That way I can reinforce my foreign language skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I started my French tree, then my Spanish tree, and I found it difficult to keep them both straight, I had been studding French fort over a year and I need to started learning Spanish, so I started learned French from Spanish. Since, then I have done Portuguese from Spanish and started Catalan. At some point after finals I think I will brush up on my French and German by doing the German from French tree.

2 years ago
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