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4 languages at a time? Is it difficult?

For me, 2 languages is fine. But i'm not sure if my brain could do 3 to 4 . I know some of you are doing a ton. How do you do it? Don't you try to concentrate on getting the meaning of a word in a certain language, and much less with 5 or 6 different defenicions of the same word?!

May 9, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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The more languages you learn the slower the progress will be (at least for most people), people who really care to learn the language tend to learn only one or two languages while others like to learn for the sake and fun of learning and do 4 or more languages at once. If they actually stick with it it can still work, just it will take longer (naturally if you put 1 hour a day into one language or 1 hour a day into 4 languages (15 minutes per language) the result will be different).

Generally I would recommend not starting two languages at the same time... once you get the basics (say one quarter or one half of a tree here on Duo) you could try to add another one. This will make your life much easier.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jacquelynadelezz

I personally would stick with two. Learning too many languages at once would make things difficult. Not only would your progress be slower but you would most likely start getting confused or overwhelmed. Stick with the languages your learning now and move on to the other one or two once you're satisfied with what you've learned. I like to spend all of my time and attention on just one to truly know the language. (Hopefully I'll be bilingual soon lol.) My motto is slow and steady wins the race. I have my own pace and learning methods but that's only me. Practically speaking, it doesn't make sense to be learning more than one but I don't know, you do that if you feel you can. But I know the feel, there's so many languages to learn and not enough time and brain capacity to do so!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mobetty

Hi, Grace. I´ve been using duo to refresh Spanish, French, German, Italian. These are foreign languages whose grammar-vocab I had learned before.

Each day I rotate my top XP priority language. I attempt points in each of these 4 languages. I switch to brand new languages such as Danish or Catalán when my brain can't retrieve words accurately because of code-switching interference.

I am also ¨learning¨ English from both Japanese and Korean. If you cannot type well in the base language which is my situation, then progress is slow but steady. However, squinting at non-Latin characters is a great mental break from exercises in familiar languages.

Alles Gute y qué te vaya bien.
Just keep swimming!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/echo58105

At first it was difficult with Spanish and Italian, I kept mixing the two but that aspect has already improved a lot. So I suppose it depends on the languages you are thinking of doing.

Otherwise I'd say that it isn't a problem, you just have to be regular and not be afraid to take a break off a language if you feel overwhelmed.

The way I see it, having several languages in the pan gives you the opportunity to take a break when you're tired of working on one in particular.

That being said, you could simply give it a try?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

It's totally normal to me. It's an ordinary, daily routine, working on my languages. And since I study two of them at a university, it makes it even easier.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/autumn330

It helps if you keep a balanced schedule for studying them, and prioritizing some over others. It may seem difficult at first buy once you get the hang out it it seems more normal haha


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