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Learning Multiple Languages

I just need advice for this, and I figured this would be the best place to do it. Based off of what you have heard or experience, is it better to learn an entire language and THEN start a new language? Or learn two languages at the same time?

May 10, 2017



I don't know, but be very careful not to learn too much. Luis hates it.


What do you mean by that?


Do not start two similar languages at the same time. If you are more advanced in one already, or if the languages are very different (say Portuguese and Turkish), you should be okay. YMMV.


I'd say stagger the starting times. Do your first foreign language for at least a year or so, before staring another one. And personally, I think it's better to know say 2-3 languages well than just the introductory level from 5-6 languages. One needs to work on a language for quite some time (many years) before being able to really use it semi-fluently. So when I'm facing a decision of whether to start a new language or improve old ones, I rather improve the old ones.


One at least until it's firmly fixed in your mind you don't have to be fluent in the first when you start the second but I think at least finish the tree


Just to add, I am learning Spanish right now and I want to learn French next.


I am learning french and Spanish at the same time. I find that learning them both together helps with my understanding of the languages because I can translate a sentence in one language and then the other to see the similarities and differences.


Wait until you get to B1 or B2 in Spanish before you do French.


Many people have successfully studied two languages at the same time. I know several that double majored in two languages in college: French/German, Spanish/French, Spanish/Italian, all sorts of combinations..

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