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Advice for juggling four language courses at the same time?

Currently learning German, Italian, French, and Spanish at the same time. I wonder if this is a good idea at all.

Has basic-borderline-advanced knowledge in Japanese (to the point where I no longer need to see English translations of drama CDs that I listen to) but still waiting for Japanese course here in Duolingo.

May 19, 2017



french, italian and spanish are closely related, so you might find yourself mixing them up. my advice would be to pick your favorite among those three and then learn that one alongside german. you can get back to the others later.

the more languages you know, the easier it becomes to learn several at once. note that it will slow you down some though. as to know if it's a good idea? depends from person to person. not only would i get bored learning only one but i would probably end up hating it. for others it's the opposite and they learn better while focusing on one at a time.

you should experiment and find out for yourself what works best for you.


Thank you so much for your advice. I think it would be really helpful!

I did get slowed down trying to learn four languages at once. hehe


It is possible, but might just require a bit more planning. Try and separate the closely related languages in time (f.ex. practise French over breakfast, Spanish over lunch and Italian over dinner). You can put German in there at any point, the risk of mixing it up with the others is much smaller. Once you're a bit more advanced, you can "force" your brain to switch languages between practise, for example by reading or listening to a song or watching a video. Don't switch between them more often than necessary and take your time. I have also never tried this myself, but supposedly you can get your brain to associate the language with another sensory input: always chew a certain kind of gum while practising a certain language. Use different flavours for different languages and make sure not to mix them. I haven't tried this myself, though, but as a study tip it's been around for a while.


very curious about the gum idea! :-)


Oooh, that is a helpful advice. I've tried the gum idea when I used to study math. You chew a strong mint gum while studying and when taking the test, you chew the same gum that you chewed when you studied. It worked for me. I'll apply the gum idea when learning languages. Thank you so much!


The Japanese course actually came out a couple days ago. I've only finished the first skill (five lessons), plus the first lesson of the second skill, because it obviously takes some time to learn the hiragana, and I'm in no rush. But at least the Duolingo course is fun and actually teaches well and effectively, which is a big relief after the Hebrew and Vietnamese courses, both of which I gave up on in frustration because they didn't know how to actually teach the languages, and I maintain you can't really learn either of those from Duolingo alone.

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Generally it's not a good idea to start more new languages at once. If you insist on doing it then learning each language in the specific time of day every day might help a bit.


I see. I will take that advice; thank you so much~!


I really don't have problems mixing up the languages. Learning different languages takes away the boredom, that's for sure.


That is quite helpful, even know I have one only. It will help when I get more Lol.

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