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?
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
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 :)
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...
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!
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!