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Learning Spanish and Portuguese together.

Amerath
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After completing my Italian tree and recently managing to gold all my skills I decided it was time to learn another language with Duolingo. I have been toying with learning Spanish for a while (having started the Spanish from English course a couple of months ago for a future Barcelona trip) but decided I wanted to focus on Italian first and so left it on the sidelines.

At the weekend I met up with a University friend who is Portuguese and speaks Spanish and I had a thought. "Why not use the incubated course for Portuguese from Spanish" to learn both languages at once?". So tonight I have started the course and have found that from my very basic Spanish knowledge from the early parts of the Spanish from English tree, I can work out what both version of the sentences mean in English (although I tripped up by typing answer in English a few times).

I am planning on taking it slow to allow both sets of information to sink in. But as immersion is the best form of learning why not immerse yourself in two languages at once....

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
Klgregonis
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I've done the same, although I am pretty far up the Spanish tree, and am doing Portuguese in English as well. It's kind of fun. And yes, it is hard to remember to type in Spanish, but it's a really good way to turn that switch in your head so you only translate the parts of Spanish you don't know well to your native language. I am doing Italian as well, and that will creep in when I am unsure of the Portuguese translation of a Spanish sentence.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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I wouldn't do it this way. Since I do not really have time to explain my point of view in detail, this video once persuaded me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZnkatthxg Learning two languages at a time is fantastic, but I do think that Spanish and Portuguese are too interchangeable in order to get not constantly confused. I hope you'll be successful though! =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hburdon

I was looking over my daughter's shoulder when she was doing Spanish and it confused me immensely, I immediately started to doubt whether I should use "uma" or "una" in Portuguese. To me they are too similar to learn simultaneously. If I was to take on another language, it would have to be something very different, like Japanese.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gelle89

I think it's a great idea. I'm learning Spanish and French (though I have a pretty good grasp of Spanish) and sometimes I mix up the two and get an answer wrong but I just shrug it off as a casualty of learning two languages at once. Sometimes if I'm super tired though or if I've had a few drinks, it gets much harder to keep the two separate so I just refresh an easy lesson to keep my streak up. : /

When I get a better handle on French, I may try your idea of learning Portuguese from Spanish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarioAthan99

nice I wanna do so!

2 years ago