https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

Learning two languages in parallel - one in real life, one self-taught

Since starting a "real life" crash course in Dutch last month (16 hours a week is quite intense :) ), it's been pretty hard to find the motivation for Duolingo. Therefore, I'm really proud I passed the third checkpoint in Danish today, hurray! I though I'd never make it...

It's the first time I learn two languages in parallel (I am fluent in three though), so I wondered what your experiences are in taking proper classes in one while learning another at home. Since starting the Dutch lessons, I merely keep strengthening my skills in Danish until they stick. Also, the fact that both languages are rather close makes it a tricky business.

What learning methods worked out for you?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mark985145

I don't like proper classes, they always made me feel like I was supposed to 'perform' in front of others and always know the right answers :( tv shows, lang-8, hellotalk and italki are much better

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

Although I totally understand your position, classes have always worked fine for me because one gets to practice much more (and, I believe, more efficiently) than alone at home. Also, when it comes to learning, I don't see making errors as a failure but as a way to move on. There are no stupid questions: only stupid people who never ask questions :)

1 year ago

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I have to agree. With classes I can learn more grammar and have someone to correct me

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

How do you do so many languages at once?

1 year ago

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I only have two languages that I really focus on which are polish and Dutch, but the others are languages I just dabble in. It's hard for me to just pick one language and stick with it

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

It took me a couple of days to decide between German and Italian and then I chose German. I even used to dabble into languages. Anyways, press on my name and you will see a surprise

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

I guess you are saying they are to formal

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

I agree

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

Keep up the good work!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

I would advise you to do one language at one time because whenever I try two, it gets me out of the mood of learning anything and that's why I only do one right now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

That's usually the advice I give to others and have been following it until I had the opportunity to start a crash course in Dutch three month after starting Danish here. I briefly thought about interrupting my Duolingo lessons but don't wanna be bothered to start all over again, so I guess I'll just swallow the bitter pill for the time being...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageYanis

But don't get to bitter with your languages

1 year ago

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In my experience things are okay when the languages are very different. I am taking lessons in japanese and so far I never had problems with doing spanish and swedish in parallel, because the overlap is very small. I remember facing some problems while doing french and spanish in parallel though, so I guess my experience won't help you much, seeing as danish and dutch are in the same language family... Either way, keep up the hard work!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

I suppose things will be easier once my crash course is over, for I have easy access to native Dutch speakers (as opposed to Danish speakers who are really rare) thus I should be able to practice one while studying the other on a more theoretical level.

Keep working, too, and good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BonnieDebu

Where are you learning Dutch? There seem to be very few good classes, books or apps for learning Dutch. And why are you learning Dutch? Very curious.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

I live in Belgium: it's one of our three national languages, so the Dutch classes are basically all over the place.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BonnieDebu

Ik ben getrouwd met eenj vlaams-sprekende belg, maar wij wonen en de verenidge staten. Ik wens dat ik kon nl beter spreken. Ik moet mijn nl boeken studieren. Beste wensen met uw streven.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelleCatherine

Gelukkig heb ik een gemakkelijke toegang tot boeken, films en 'native' spreekers.

Ik wens u veel succes met uw training!

1 year ago
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