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Learning more than one language at once?

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I actually tried learning more than one language in the beginning, but I kept confusing myself.

I managed to finish my Italian tree.

I now want to try and learn two at once this time around.

Anybody have any tips?

2 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JoaoRMarcos

Just get organized! See what language you want to evolve more, in which you need more time to study. Don't do skills in different languages soon after finishing another, this will slow you down, I believe you should wait a bit, do something else. I say this because you are learning three languages of Latin origin that are similar. Well, I wish you luck on your studies.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jayeidge
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The two languages you learn from the beginning shouldn't be to similar. I tried learning French and Spanish at the same time as a beginner and it got me really confused. So I tried languages like Dutch and Danish which worked quit well, because there is not a lot to confuse between French and Dutch.
Now I am a bit advanced in French so I've decided to learn Spanish. As base languages I use German (my native language) and French. This way I can train French and Spanish at the same time. I have hardly any problems with confusion right now, because I got the main structures of French down already.
As second new language to Spanish I started learning Arabic, which obviously doesn't put me in the danger of confusing anything with Spanish.
Despite having a time problem the two languages don't give me any trouble.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KingRomanV
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I'm learning Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish at the same time, while also learning Swedish, Dutch, and German at the same time, so I totally understand the confusion. Dealing with this too, I'm no expert, but I read that instead of focusing on the similarities,you should mentally envision each language in their own individual section of your brain and use a different "personality" or give off different vibes while learning the different languages . I wish I remembered where I read it, but it said something along the lines of "When you're learning French, take on a more sophisticated or charming personality (taking on the stereotypical French personality). Or if you're learning Spanish, take on a more outgoing and romantic personality (stereotypical Spanish/Latin American/Caribbean personality)." Really altogether, just adapt your personality to fit the language[s] so its less hard to forget.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Luca Lampariello released a wonderful video concerning this topic here. Watch it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Hi! Just try to be organized. Maybe even do a week of one language and then a week of another to not get confused. I'm learning two languages (Spanish and French) and I got confused at first but I no longer do. Good luck! :)

2 years ago

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I'd recommend not starting more than one language at the same time (i.e, get to the second checkpoint before starting an additional language. ) It actually gets easier to do this as you add more languages, your mind learns how to learn languages, and how to separate them. I notice you are doing Spanish and German. Once you reach the second checkpoint in Spanish, try adding German through Spanish. or French through Spanish.

Learning two similar languages at the same time - there are pros and cons. They can reinforce each other, but they can also confuse each other. Get a pretty good grasp on one before starting another. One advantage to this is that it is often the spelling that is different, pronunciations are similar enough that it doesn't matter as much, and since you will obviously be a newbie at the language people will excuse using the wrong verb form or plural form as a beginner's error instead of second language interference.

2 years ago