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Thoughts on doing more than one language concurrently?

jaklarky
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I'm pretty new to Spanish, but I have long desired to be a person that can speak many languages, thus enabling me to communicate with many more Earthlings than most of my American counterparts.

Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese I just want to learn them all! But I kind of feel like doing two languages would keep me from absorbing all of both.

What are your thoughts?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
iustitia
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There are as many opinions as people and it is hard to discuss, but I will tell my personal opinion. I tried to learn French and Spanish simultaneously and it was fun at the beginning, but after some time it started annoy me. When I found out that I mix some words in my mind, I put Spanish on the side. It can wait - French is the language that fascinates me more now.

And also I think that focusing on one may bring more effect, because you somehow can try to put language in your everyday life as much as possible.

I do some practice for other languages sometimes, but I prefer to focus on one and make it perfect :)

But I read that a lot of people learn two languages at the same time (or more, but I hardly believe that it is still more effective than one at a time) and they are doing fine - especially for languages from different groups.

Here are also some thought of polyglot: http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/learning-more-than-one-language-at-the-same-time/ :)

Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaklarky
jaklarky
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That's a veryyyy insightful link. Thank you for that. He suggests to keep it slow, but it is my duty to define what "slow" is. Since I am pretty self confident, I think I will say that two languages fits into the "slow" category. The only question now is what other language to I learn with Spanish? I'm kind of leaning towards German, but maybe French. French would be good because I have French speaking friends to practice with.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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First of all I would suggest to choose what interests you most, but it could also be helpful that German is more different to Spanish than French, so it's not as easy to confuse similar words between these two languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vrexu

Some time ago I tried to do just that. And as others say, I had serious problems with mixing French - Italian - Spanish - Portuguese. (Just try saying "book" in all these languages and you will understand...)The whole process was bound to fail.

Either way, right now, I study (actually, I took some holiday break) German, French and Italian. I must say that.... I should really drop one as they are too many, but I simply love them all. My advice is to just study one at a time... though I don't do that. But my ultimate purpose is to have fun rather than actually succeed.

Also, from what I saw, at least for the Romanian native me, German is the hardest (easy enough pronunciation but totally weird vocabulary) and the Italian is the easiest (it is the easiest on all aspects). French has really difficult sounds... I would say that it's the worse on this aspect, but I also did "Learn English in ..." and the computer rarely understands me :D.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/livvy420

I would agree. I want to learn French or Spanish after this since they are so similar to Italian and I would probably blow through the courses really fast. I'm just afraid that if I work on more than one my brain will be too jumbled and it will be hard to transition from one to the other. I think one at a time (get all the way to 25!) and then you can start another language. I mean, have you seen anyone here on level 25 of all the languages?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
iustitia
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Yes, this lady is kind of a hero for me: http://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist :) All 25th!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

It's all in your mind - you are the only one who decides on how easy or difficult something is for yourself. Likewise learning more than one language at a time is as easy you make it out to be.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaklarky
jaklarky
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Thanks for those uplifting words, man.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/R1nha

I can only speak for myself but I choose to focus just on one. As much as I want to be bold and do more than one at the same time, I prefer to focus all my efforts and attention mastering all the little aspects the one i am currently learning (italian) than spreading out. This is mainly because i .... have a terrible memory and I know I would just get confused and, consequently, disheartened.

But, boy, do i envy all of you learning 2 or 3 at the same time! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elen-ka
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I wouldn't suggest you learning two Roman languages at the same time. Due to some similarities in vocabulary they might cause a lot of confusion, at least in my experience. Choose one and add the next one when you are at least on intermediate level. But Spanish and German at the same time, should work. Well, just my opinion. Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyleGoetz
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I'd suggest pairing German with one of the others. Two Romance might get weird after a while.

But I was doing Spanish + German (I already speak Spanish to a degree), and once I finished Spanish, added Italian, so now it's German + Italian. I'm finding Italian really easy since I know Spanish (learning how to conjugate verbs in Italian in the present tense was so effortless compared to what trouble I recall Spanish being years ago), and the Italian and German don't mess with each other since they're from different language families.

4 years ago