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How do I learn my next language?

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I want to learn Portuguese from French after I get to be done with my French lessons but I think I will be done with French way before than the Portuguese for French will.

What do you think is best, learn Portuguese from Spanish or from English? They say it's better to learn from your second language but Spanish is so similar to Portuguese.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

You could try both and just see what works best for you. There is no general answer to such questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kittyree

Agreed!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MotherOfIguanas

I have honestly never heard of learning a new language from a second language but that sounds rather interesting. I might try it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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I think it's called laddering... It sounds really hard to me XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MotherOfIguanas

haha it does but i love a good challenge ^_^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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It depends. I think the better you know the L2 that you're trying to learn the new language from, the easier it is.

I have done part of the German for Spanish speakers course. That was my first time laddering. I could almost feel my brain being stretched.

Right before the Russian for English speakers came out, I did about 5 levels of the German for Russian speakers course. For some reason, I didn't find that to be as challenging.

It's worth giving a try though. My goal is to do any new course from an L2 from now on, if it is available. It helps strengthen both your languages :-).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

Well, if English isn't your first language, you basically have to do it for most languages on duolingo. I'm learning Dutch from English, my native language is German and it works just fine. It sometimes even teaches me some new things about English, some idioms for example were new to me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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I'm planning on doing Portuguese from Spanish starting in January. I figure if they're similar, then a course like that will probably help you to see the differences better.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuncanChauffe
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If you learn from your second language you'll be strengthening your second language while you learn another. Don't worry about the languages being similar, the languages being similar might make it easier to learn. You will probably get words mixed up but you will learn from your errors. At the moment I'm learning French from Portuguese and I'm learning really fast.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalleca
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Yes, I wish I could do that but the Portuguese from French keeps postponing the relising day.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuncanChauffe
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I'm not sure how well it works, but in the meantime maybe you can do the opposite tree while you wait for the release date.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rdlastng
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From English, you will get confuse if you use Portuguese to learn Spanish

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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I'm learning Portuguese from English, since English is my native language, but whatever works for you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thiago-Osses

What's up! Well, in my case I've been improving my Spanish skills in English (My second language). I finished my Spanish tree around 2 months ago and I've been going into the immersion everyday and some reviews. As you said, Spanish is quite similar to Portuguese so I didn't want to start from Portuguese and English has been my first language in many ways, like, researches, studying, etc... I started French from English as well and I do think both languages are working very well for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LUIZBATISTA1

Yes, I agree, I am leaning English yet, but I already started to learn french from English and it is helping me very much to fix the English.

2 years ago