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Balancing Two Languages?

If you are learning two languages or more how do you balance them on Duolingo or in your own personal study? Just curious on everyones techniques! Thanks in advance! :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pnehls
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if you are starting from scratch, i don't really know how you'd do it, the biggest problem for me is confusing articles.

The best thing I could say is focus on one for a week, while just keeping the other one fresh, if that makes sense. I see you have Spanish and German on your list, I'd say spend a week solid on German, with a daily refresher or two on what you already know in spanish.

Sidenote: if you ever want to get fluent in a foreign language, spend 6 months learning German. After you throw in the towel, the next language you learn will seem so easy, that you will pick it up in no time!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I usually do Spanish, but when I have extra time and will, I do Portuguese or (rarely) German. I rarely do French ('cause I do it mostly at school). Also, my native language is Russian, but I live in the US, so I obviously speak English daily. Then, I talk with my Finnish friends quite often on the Internet. So that's Russian + English + Finnish + French + Spanish (+ Portuguese) = 5 or 6 languages used almost daily (not as hard as you might think) :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I have a lot of spare time. My main difficulty is maintaining prolongued concentration, so i practice a little, then participate in discussions, then practice a little more, off and on throughout the day.

Spanish is a (valuable) placeholder for me, while I wait for a Japanese course. But, I don't want to waste the effort and fun I've had learning by forgetting it. So, as soon as my skills get to a certain point, I will be reading fanfiction in Spanish to keep me practicing. (And using everything DL has to offer, of course.)

I have an affinity for the Japanese language, and won't have difficulty finding a wide range of media (anime, fanfiction, manga) to help me keep it fresh. The main challenge will be the writing system when it comes to anything other than anime.

And in the future, when DL comes out with a Spanish to Japanese, and/or Japanese to Spanish course, (Because hopefully that will happen!) I am so going to take it! :D That way, when I'm surrounding myself in Japanese, I will also be making connections with Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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When the Japanese Course comes out, I'm definitely going to practice it with video games. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StanLanguages

This comes from my own experience (I am currently studying 3 languages, fluent in 4) and some internet research.

If you choose to study multiple languages then they should be very different. I wouldn’t start learning Italian and Spanish or Dutch and German at the same time. They are very different but for a person who doesn’t speak these languages they sound very similar, so this may lead to confusion.

After you made your choice of languages you want to study, don’t begin to study them on the same day. At least a week or two in between them so you can get used the sounds of the first language.

Also, what I definitely would not do during the day is to study a bit of language 1 then a bit of language 2 then a bit language 1 and so on. Basically don’t mix them. Finish all the material planned for the day for the language 1 and then move to language 2.

O and I recommend at least 1h for each language a day (I usually take Sunday of, but I also do spend 4-6 h a day on languages)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/team44
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I alternate days from French to Norwegian to Russian and I find that Russian needs more practice so I revise it every day but I can remember French and Norwegian more so only practice them on their days. Hope that helped.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pelegrino_1

Russian is really hard to study. I understood that when started Italian (it's more similar to my native Russian, than English). Wish you a success! If you'd like can ask me)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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I like doing one or two on Duo and the troubles don't start until I go for a third or try to use Duolingo and another site for the languages it doesn't have. My Persian has been seriously suffering.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeBetter

For me the fun is really in conversation I practice each language with native speakers. I strongly suspect my motivation may be rooted at in my desire to help any customer of mine. There are things they buy when I speak in their native tongue that they wouldn't otherwise. To keep articles straight build memory palaces take different places you are very familiar with and actually speak the different languages in them. You will find that you can remember the place to remember the tongue.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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I used to do each one every day. I would do like 4-10 lessons in each at the very beginning. But it's been hard to keep that up. I do a few lessons in one language one day and a few in another on another day.

It's caused a lot of decay in my trees, but I want to get to the end of them so badly, but I'll fix them when I get there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/desert_rain

Thanks for the comments, all great ideas :)

4 years ago