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How to learn more than 1 language at the same time

Hi currently I am learning Swedish and focussing on the same. But when I saw others learning more than 1 language at a time, I am wondered how they are learning and remembering the words in different languages at same time . pls suggests me how you are doing that . share your thoughts regarding this.

June 9, 2017



Hi ambika608858!
I don't know about other people, but I personally focus on one language for a few days, then move on to the next, and keep doing this.


Tats really nice


I was a good ways through my french tree before starting Spanish, even then I practiced them at different times of the day. Eventually I became comfortable enough with them that it didn't matter.

Occasionally if I don't know a word in my weaker language (Spanish) the french one will come to mind but I know that it's not "right"

Anyway it is possible if you are motivated.


It's especially easier if the languages aren't very similar. I'm just starting japanese and that's greatly different from english, so I can't mix the two up.


I agree, back when I started I had Spanish and then added Esperanto after reading articles that claimed learning a second language was easier after learning Esperanto first. Esperanto really caused me problems in Spanish so I quit. After enough time went by I found myself really wanting to try French, so I did... and the rest happened. The interesting part is now I can go through and practice any one of them and not get confused.


The general consesus among polyglots is that learning two languages in the same language family at the same time is a bad idea. The bigger the difference between the languages are, the easier it'll be to seperate them and therefore also the words. As for actually remembering them, it might help to write the words down and/or use additional vocabulary-building software, such as Memrise.


That's probably true for most people, but I mixed up French and Dutch (je means different things in each language) fairly often and haven't mixed up Spanish and Portuguese at all so far.

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In my experience it helps when the languages you study are on different level, be it the level of your interest / your goal (I want to become fluent in German but in French I just want to get by), or the level on which your language skills are right now (I am so advanced in German that I am no longer actually studying it - learning new things now just by reading/listening and maybe looking up some grammar rules, but I am a beginner in French and still have to learn new words the hard way - duolingo and memrise). These two things make the learning experience so different that my brain clearly separates them and never gets confused. I should mention that English is also a foreign language for me and I am so comfortable with it that it never gets confused with the other two languages (or 3 if I include my native language). So my advice would be, don't study too many languages at once, pick up a few you really want to do and pick them up gradually. It also helps to assign a certain time of the day to each language, eventually you won't need it, but at first it helps to put some order in your learning.


Remember that some people having been using Duolingo for years and are not necessarily doing all their languages all at once. There's also no way to know what previous experience others may have with a language.

  • Spanish - I did the Spanish tree and reverse Spanish tree a couple years ago and do practice on Duolingo every once in a while - mostly verbs. I also take Spanish classes about once a week. In addition, I spoke a little bit of Spanish as a child.

  • Portuguese - I'm going to Brazil soon, so am learning just a bit of Portuguese. It's similar to Spanish, so not too hard for me at this point. I don't know why I'm not mixing them up. Portuguese is pronounced quite differently.

  • Japanese - I'm super excited about Japanese and started learning kana a couple months ago. I've not gotten very far and the first few lessons are mostly review. After my vacation, I will probably drop Portuguese for the moment and focus on Japanese (and continue with my Spanish classes).

  • English/French - This is my native language and I started this reverse tree several years ago when I was studying French. I took French in high school and college many years ago. I've focused mostly on Spanish the past couple years.


That makes sense.. Thank you


I found doing Spanish, French and Spanish too confusing. I concentrate on Español.


From everything I've read learning more than one language at a time is doable, BUT its easy to confuse them if they sound similar or are related. The two languages I'm focused on right now are Spanish and German. I'm sure at some point I'm going to think of the word I want in the wrong language but at this stage they are so different that it doesn't even cross my mind.


Yeah, that'll probably happen. I think I'll always remember when Portuguese popped out of my mouth in the middle of a Russian sentence in Russian class. But it probably won't happen much, and it'll mostly just be funny and an amusing story for later on :)

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