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Anyone have experience learning french and German at the same time?

Hey guys, I am thinking about starting the french tree. Is this a bad idea since I am still learning German, or should it be okay? Also any tips/ideas to make this work better?

thanks

2 years ago

25 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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I think you will be fine. I have learned French, Spanish and Esperanto at the same time, and the three are closer together than French and German. Generally, as long as you do not learn the same stuff, ie. conjugations for the same tense, at the same time, you should be good. I applaud your dedication and desire to learn more than one language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

thanks, I appreciate your response. I feel my German getting better and better every day, so I figure its time to at least start learning vocabulary in a new language.

thanks again :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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If you think you can take it, try learning French from German. That course will explain the differences, and it might make it easier.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

wow, thats an incredible idea. literally never crossed my mind

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gjnelson
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Try laddering - learning French from German. That way, you're learning both languages from one course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

thanks!! PfifltriggPi suggested the same thing.. its a great idea!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jovanuno
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French will probably be much easier to read but harder to pronounce. Bon chance!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

i already feel so silly pronouncing French lol!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Senataurs

I'm learning both and its fun.Do it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

Sweet, consider us friends lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bellanoemiii

no I have not but spanish and french is a hard match for me

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

Cool, good luck to you.. hopefully it gets easier!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour
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I did French only for six months or so until I felt comfortable, then added German. I found it helpful to be a bit more advanced in one language before adding a second. They are good to learn together since they aren't too similar. Have fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

Great!! looks like its just about time for me to start!! I feel so silly trying to pronunciation french haha

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour
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Yes, it's tough. I try and speak from the back of my throat as I've read to do but I am sure I just sound silly also. I guess I will just have to speak with a funny accent!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christy60006
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I love the combination of these 2 languages! I also started German first, then added French when I was about 30% fluent in German. I have now completed both trees, and I keep them golden every day. Just be consistent and you will be fine! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

thanks so much for the encouragement. I am 35% right now.. so I think I will add it!! its so exciting

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
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I'm trying to work on my German tree a little bit, do some Dutch, and try to get a lot of French done, I'm just finding myself focusing on Dutch a bit more. I've considered leaving French for a while, but I don't want to forget everything I've learned. I'm currently taking German in school so I'm not so worried about my German tree. If you feel confident enough in German to add French, then do it. The reason I focus on Dutch more is because I'm more confident with my German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

i bet 3 languages is super tricky!! good luck

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
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Thanks! I'm focusing more on German and Dutch but I'll do a little bit of French too. I hope what I said wasn't confusing. I was having a hard time conveying what I meant. If you feel confident in German, then add French. They're not closely related at all so you should be fine. The only thing you may get messed up is German and English. Now that I'm seriously studying German, I find myself thinking things in English with a few German words interspersed in there. When you do add French, I wish you luck. Have fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731
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I am doing both at the same time, but my French level is MUCH higher than my German level. (You sure would never guess that by looking at my profile! LOL! )---I didn't really study French with Duolingo however, I just "tested out" of the whole tree. I learned French by listening to lots of French every day walking to and from work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeatingUp

are you serious? thats amazing!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Your English may be superb after learning these languages ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekoi1995
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French is not my native language but now I'm translating French to German sentences here in Duolingo and it's really crazy! (Well I changed the language in my account to French because I want to review both my French and German). Surprisingly, everything's going so smoothly. It just took some time to get accustomed to it.

Well here a some of my experiences:

  1. I've encountered some German words similar in French. Words such as:

die Zitrone (German) vs. le citron (French) die Bibliothek vs. la bibliothèque die Dusche vs. la douche

  1. Words have different gender depending on the language In French, the words "hunger" and "thirst" are feminine la faim, la soif

While in German, these words are masculine. der Hunger, der Durst

This gives me the possibility of mixing up the genders of the words in between these languages. But luckily, I've got used to it so quickly.

Well the assigned gender for German words is rather tricky and makes me wonder why "the girl - das Mädchen" is neuter and the "the Person - die Person" is feminine (but not all persons are females XD).

This happens a lot when I study the animals. der Bär, die Maus, das Schwein

  1. French adjectives have gender while German adjectives don't have gender. Yep I was surprised German doesn't have their adjectives gendered. It just make it a little easier.

  2. German has cases (nominativ, akkusativ, dativ, genitiv). German adjectives may not have gender but these noun cases make the language the same difficulty as French. This made it a lot trickier.

The "der (the - masculine nominative)" " vs. "der (the - feminine dative)"

E.g. Der Mann gibt der Frau einen Apfel.

why "der Frau" instead of "die Frau"? because ... the woman in the sentence is the indirect object. -some encounters like that

well articles and even adjectives could change their endings depending on which case and these endings should not to be confused as genders - just like I did when I started learning German

  1. French has the subjonctif mood while German has konjuntiv mood. Well these moods mean the same and words change form

c'est bon que tu sois vivant

why "tu sois" instead of "tu es", because ... subjunctive lol

I haven't reached the konjunktiv mood in German yet, but I do believe the verbs will change form.

So that's all my experience for now. :)

Have nice day and practice makes perfect! :)

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731
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I'm doing the same thing and I really love it! I just reached level 25 in the German from French course and now I'm working on taking my French from German course which is at level 19 up too. I do a lot of listening to both languages too, be it radio, podcasts, or whatever.

9 months ago