https://www.duolingo.com/medcardenas

Well I took the plunge into a third language, and couldn't recommend it more!

A few days ago I asked people's opinions about starting to learn to speak a third language, and everyone was very supportive about it. So, in addition to my native English and the Spanish that I already speak at a somewhat decent level, I began using Duolingo to learn French; and I'm having so much fun! I was worried about getting confused between the two new languages, but if you've practiced the first one enough then you identify clearly as what it is (Spanish in my case) and it's totally different. I suppose that there is the advantage of them both being Latin languages, so a good number of the principles and stems are the same.

Seriously, do this. It's invigorating to start anew.

Thanks again for the support.

4/12/2016, 11:38:41 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Alice54_Maree3.

Yes .I agree.It is invigorating.I have done a similar thing.My native language is English.I have completed my French Tree and still strengthening it but just recently decided to have a go at Irish.Its really challenging but I have reached level6 so far and am determined to continue with it despite it being difficult.The best of luck with your French

4/12/2016, 11:53:18 AM

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I was wondering how hard Irish is. I've always wanted to learn it, and I might start it as a third language!

4/12/2016, 4:06:31 PM

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Bonne chance!

4/12/2016, 11:42:31 AM

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Keep up the good work - and have fun doing so!

4/12/2016, 11:43:52 AM

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A very good way to keep them separate but to practice both at the same time is to learn your third language from your second one. Not all language combinations exist on Duolingo, but you're lucky that they do for French and Spanish!

4/12/2016, 2:31:46 PM

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An added bonus is that they use some different vocab in the French from Spanish lesson. I've had to look up a couple of Spanish words or work them out from them French doing it that way. I also like that they word things differently so you can't rely on memorizing the Spanish from English course - you have to think about what they are asking for.

4/12/2016, 10:07:24 PM

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Yes, some sentences are meant to make a certain grammar point easier to understand for a Spanish native, which aren't necessarily the same as for an English native (for example, they don't need to explain what a grammatical gender is, but they might insist on some words that don't have the same gender in French and Spanish).

4/13/2016, 2:22:37 AM

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Highly recommended --- i finally picked up a language which has courses to/from other languages i'm learning, and this is so much fun (and also, y'know, hard). It does lead to the occasional issue of "wait, the hint is telling me that word X translates to word Y, but i have no idea what either of those words means..." but that's what google is for.

4/14/2016, 1:21:18 AM

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I have done that with Spanish and German, and then added Swedish! I love learning more than one at a time.

4/12/2016, 6:14:46 PM

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Are you sure you couldn't recommend it more?

4/12/2016, 5:45:32 PM

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I'm glad it's working out :)

And so much agreement about it being invigorating.

4/12/2016, 3:20:32 PM

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Congrats on your third language. Enjoy it.

4/12/2016, 10:08:26 PM

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I study several languages, and I don't confuse, I don't know why. I think the more you study languages, the less you confuse them.

Which languages are you afraid of confusing? French and Spanish? I don't think they could be confused, maybe Spanish and Italian or Portuguese, but French, I don't think so.

Good luck. Where are you now?

3/3/2017, 1:42:48 PM
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