https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Learning more than one language

Right now I am taking Spanish and it is very difficult for me. English is my first and only fluent language as of now. I also plan to lean French, Italian, Portugese, German, and Dutch. When I think about it, at the pace I am moving now, it will take FOREVER to learn them all. I was just wondering, is learning a third language easier than learning a second? What about 4th, 5th, and so on?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Part of what you do with your first language is learning how to learn a language. Each one gets a little easier. When you move on to the next, try laddering (taking the language through your second language) either instead of or in addition to through English. It reinforces your second language, gives you something to compare against, and makes it harder to get them mixed up, especially if you are doing several Romance languages, for instance.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Ohhh smart!! Thanks klgregonis!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tgergo87
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I think, in generally every new language after the first foreign is easier than the others before. But it depends on the language itself, there are differences in the difficulties of the languages. And perhaps it depends on you as well, you can find some languages easy which is for the other hard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Ok that's good! I plan to learn the Romance languages and then the Germanic languages so hopefully they should be similar. Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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They are very similar. I already completed the French, Italian, and Spanish trees.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Yay thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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You're welcome!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iluuke
iluuke
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If you want to practice your portuguese, i can give you some tips. We can help each other.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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Yes, learning your second language is the most difficult step. After that it becomes easier (but it still requires a lot of time and energy).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Great. Thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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You are very welcome!

By the way, some people (myself included) like to learn several new languages at the same time, but it seems that for most people, it is much easier and they learn faster and better, studying just one new language at a time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Great thanks! I am learning Spanish, I just wanted to try out Italian, and I was just messing around with the English. I plan to start learning my next language when I finish my Spanish tree

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

Just keep in mind, that when you're done your Spanish tree you'll be still very much at the beginner level. Some say you should wait until you're past the beginner stage to start yet another language, but you can do what you want of course. :)

I'm planning on learning German after I can read the Harry Potter books in Dutch without looking up more than a word every page or two.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

Wow. Maybe I will move on when I can have a conversation without thinking about each word I need to say. The Harry Potter books are long and hard! That is a good goal! I wish you the best of luck!! :)

2 years ago
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