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As a beginner to all languages (slight previous knowledge of french), what level of the first language do you suggest would be an appropriate or safe level to begin learning another at the same time?

4 years ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

There are long discussions here as to the wisdom of even trying to learn two languages at once. ;) That being said, people have been learning multiple languages at the same time for centuries and it has more to do with your interest, effort, available time, and natural aptitude than anything else. Even if you complete Duo in French before beginning another language you will 'only' be at a high beginner/intermediate level in French, depending how much you actually learn here. Learning multiple languages has more to do with your comfort level than 'appropriateness' or 'safety.' Try it, and if you get frustrated, back away. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HUNTERGURL

Whenever you would like.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angel194462

Hi RochelleyBaby! Personally, I believe you shouldn't start another language unless you are positive that you know your current language well enough to move most of your focus away from it. However, if languages come easily to you, and you enjoy learning very much, I don't see why you can't try it out. Make sure to keep working on all your languages to refresh your memory though! Good luck! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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As rspreng said, its all about your context. It does not hurt your learning process of the first language to beginn with a second language, and it does not hurt your learning process of the second language because you also are learning an other language. What it do hurt is your time. But it is also timely hurtfull to wait and not start with the second language until you completed a language tree here.

I see you study french, so if you choose to learn another romance language you will find that there are a lot of similarites wich will help your learningprocess, speding it up, but, also unhelp thou it could do so you mix the langauges together, in for example spelling matters.

I myself started my new courses as quick as I have get to the first 'checkpoint passed', I do not regret this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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If you haven't learned a language before, I'd suggest getting to the first or second checkpoint before beginning another one. You'll then have learned the skills you need to learn a language. (and there are some skills and mindset changes involved) Each language you learn after that becomes easier, because you've created those particular learning paths in your brain. You WILL get them mixed up, even if they aren't similar, because you'll remember words and grammatical concepts a little differently in each, don't worry about it, that's normal. I had a language teacher tell me once that you revert to the last language you learned a word in if you can't remember it in the language you're speaking at the time - and she speaks at least 10 different languages to one degree or another.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edenludgate
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You can do as many as you want, I've had a go at all of them

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wiwka14
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May anyone help me at this? I want to add a new language and I can't find, how to do that

3 years ago