Can we learn more than one language simultaneously?
Hi everyone! Some weeks ago I read an article on learning more than one language simultaneously. I decided to share it with you because it is very likely that many of you love learning new languages, and since the number of languages offered by Duolingo is growing rapidly, many of you might be eager to learn all of them! I recommend you take a look at the 'Guidelines' section of the article, where some tips are given to those who really want to venture in the multi-language learning process.
I hope you find it as useful as I did. LINK: http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/learning-more-than-one-language-at-the-same-time/
Good luck and happy learning!
Definitely, although I think it depends on the person whether it's better or worse to learn languages that are closely related or far apart. (I always want to use the French subjunctive where I'd use the Spanish subjunctive; I can't tell you how many times a "pero" has slipped into my Japanese when I meant "demo".) But apart from the issue of simultaneity, it's definitely easier to learn one language after another, particularly if they're in the same family. Your mind loses some of its rigidity regarding how grammar "should" work; you find yourself drawing parallels from previous languages you've learned, easily conquering what are, for first-time language learners, tough grammatical points.
In Duolingo terms, I find it refreshing to switch between languages; really, I wish they had a feature where you could test skills from different languages within one quiz. (It would strengthen less in each language, I suppose, but certainly keeps your brain working!)
That situation has happened to me many times because I know a little Spanish and I'm currently learning Esperanto. Many times I've used a Spanish 'Grande" in place of an Esperanto "Granda".
Many, many people have learned two or more languages at the same time. I know several people that double-majored in two languages in university, religious studies students take Greek/Latin/Hebrew, and part of a "classical education" was learning multiple languages.