https://www.duolingo.com/2004emma

Which is more suitable: Some words of a few languages or all of one?

Hi guys! I just want to know something. Which do you think would be more useful for the future: learning all of one language or just about 50% of a few? Thanks, 2004emma

2 years ago

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It depends on what you want to do. If you want to live in a foreign country, learn their language well. If you are going to work at a place where you meet a lot of foreigners (e.g. in a hotel), basic knowledge of many languages will come in handy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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Just what widle wrote; it depends on the "future".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sibhreach

It depends on what your goals are - but really, it makes more sense (IMO) to learn enough of each language you're interested in for some basic fluency. For instance, to just know a few words in a bunch of different languages is clever and a novelty - something good for trivia night!

However, just knowing a few words here and there isn't useful in the grand scheme of communicating in other languages. It's less than "survival knowledge" of the language and won't get you very far.

Having about 3000 words in your lexicon - in whatever your target language is - is optimal for conversation, understanding newspapers or other forms of media, and knowing enough past "survival" language skills to be comfortable.

If you are just learning polite phrases to be a tourist, then that learning "about 50% of a few" languages may be enough to get by visiting a country and having that extra special experience when the natives realise you're interested in communicating in their tongue rather than your own. Although, fair warning - once you have learned a few choice phrases and go travelling to use them, you may be bitten by the language bug and convince yourself to actually learn the language! :)

Good luck in your studies!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
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I'd say that if you're learning a language to know it, then learn enough of the language so that you can infer the words you don't know from context. That way it's the gift that keeps on giving :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimberlytylr
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How about learning all of all languages? Is that an option?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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It's fun to learn a few words of lots of languages, but it's even more fun to have another language that you can actually use. As for the future, it depends on what you want to do. You might need to know other languages, but then again you might not.

2 years ago
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