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Learn one language in another besides English

They say a brilliant way to cement your knowledge in a foreign language is to learn ANOTHER language in it (instead of learning it in your native tongue).

March 3, 2013


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    It's a good way to learn a language, especially if there's not a ton of materials about it in your mother tongue. To give an example—I am learning Japanese and there's virtually nothing of quality in Czech (my native language) but there's immense amount of learning materials in English! I plan to learn some of the other Asian languages through Japanese when I get fluent enough because that's how I'll have access to the most materials.

    Not to mention you can make use of websites like Duolingo, which makes learning English worth it even more.


    Hello, instead of starting a new discussion I'd like to conitnue on this one that is similar. I am french and I learn "german in english" and "spanish in english", this is a very good idea imo.

    But I would also like to learn "english in french", however in order to do so I have to pass through "->settings->learninglanguage->jeveuxapprendrel'anglais(jeparlefrancais)" to change the tree. This is not very nice..

    Thus in the language medails it only show german and spanish, not the english one (small detail here)

    Maybe this could be changed. Duolingly yours, Mathieu


    3 years later and this is still the case. The UI (both on web as well as mobile) does not have a good workflow if you use English as a base to learn other languages, but still like to improve your English as well.


    Yeah ? It's interisting !!


    I have considered to not only learn Spanish using the English interface but also to "learn English" using the Spanish interface.

    In my opinion, one of Duolingo's shortcomings is that in the "Translations" category, you are only required to translate from Spanish to English. This will help for reading or listening (analysis) but does not effectively train writing or speaking (synthesis) in Spanish. During normal vocabulary practice you are required to translate in both directions but my feeling is that also there, the focus is more towards analysis.

    By using both interfaces, one is exposed to translations in both directions, and the analysis and synthesis tasks should be balanced.


    Will you please explain further? I don't get what you are saying. What I think you're saying that if you know Spanish, you should be able to learn Italian, right? Anyway, please explain further.


    As a native English speaker, I'm learning Spanish. Let's say I get all the way through the Spanish lessons in Duolingo. Now I want to learn Italian. But it would help my Spanish to have all the Italian lessons in Spanish instead of just English. That way I'm still practicing my Spanish while learning Italian. Make sense?

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      Yes, that's what non native english speakers (like me) are doing with Duolingo ;-).


      Yup. I'm Portuguese, learning German through English.


      same here, I'm german, learning portuguese through english :)


      Sometimes I feel its a hell of a practice for the mind. My native language is Hungarian and I am learning Spanish and German with duolingo via English. I teach many hours in English during the day and have Spanish and German lessons a couple of times a week. By the end of some days I just stare... but it definitely does sharpen my mind and speaking skills during the day.


      Is there any way to do this without Duolingo changing your profile settings? As soon as I try to learn Italian as a Spanish speaker, Duolingo changes my profile to Spanish, and I don't have access to the other languages that I'm learning as an English speaker.


      English is my native language. I'm from Canada and I'm studying German in school. As of right now I know more German than I do french. I have to practice french but I don't want to forget German in the process since it is the only language of the three that I am not regularly exposed to. However the process for learning German from English, but french from German is not as easy for English native speakers as it is for others who use English as the intermediate. If Duolingo would let me respond to french questions with German answers i would be satisfied. But this feature is unavailable? Why? I would really like to see this change. >:(.

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