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Learning language using non-native language

I have recently begun dabbling with studying German using Spanish, which is not my native language and learned before the days of Duolingo. I have to say that it is quite an interesting challenge and really intrigues me. My initial impression is that my Spanish may get better because I will be made to think more deeply about it. I am curious what others who have done the same thing (it does not have to include Spanish and German) think. Any thoughts are appreciated.

June 30, 2017


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    My native is Russian, but I am learning everything from English, because it is closer to languages I learn. And I suppose that english-based courses are just better and deeper.

    Some other people around here do the same thing.


    Hello.. I'm learning Spanish, German, Turkish using all English which is not my mother tongue... Yea it helps me enhance my skills in this latter and get to use it very often.. And I like it this way :D it's much fun . Good luck :)


    I learn all of the languages that I learn using my second language, English, because I use English way more often than my first language :-) (Feel free to correct that sentence because my English's still not really fluent)


    This can be very useful, depending on how well the "learning-from" language has been assimilated. It helps w/ both languages. I work this way from French or Russian and sometimes do this from Spanish or Latin (which I do not read as well as the first two). If things become too difficult, then just back off and wait for later, when you'll probably have more success.

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      Do you mean you tried to learn a language from different source languages?


      My native language is English. I started the German for Turkish speakers course just to see what it was like. I found it incredibly challenging, and it wasn't a good way for me to learn German. I could do the lessons, and I got the answers right, but I never really felt like I understood what I had learned. It was more like memorizing the words and sentence patterns and solving a puzzle, rather than learning a language. I didn't do a lot, so I don't know whether it would have gotten easier or not. I may go back to it at some stage. My feeling is that Turkish and German are so different that it is not efficient for me to learn German or to improve my Turkish doing this course.


      For context, could you give a general idea of your Turkish ability? I fancy that, were such a course to exist, I could probably learn something like German from Catalan, despite being far from a fluent speaker. I'd probably have to look up quite a few Catalan words, but it would be an enjoyable challenge. But in some (wonderful) alternative universe where there were a German for Guaraní course, I would expect mostly massive difficulty, irrespective of being a good deal more comfortable with the tree overall. I would peg my Guaraní supposition as the more relevant for Turkish, being an equally unrelated language to German, or anything else of much relevance.

      Otherwise stated: I think laddering is great, but I suspect it works a whole lot better when learning from a Romance or Germanic language (for an English speaker), barring the case where one is effectively fluent already.


      Just because of learning in English - my English has improved. Now I don't forget to use 'a'/'an' and 'the' so much.

      But when I am learning French and German sometimes I would really need to learn from my native Polish. Some words and also grammar is more similar to Polish than to English. And sometimes I have to use a dictionary but eventually I think that is good to learn like that. German is really misleading but in French it isn't so bad.

      Sometimes i easily get the meaning like "cravate"(French) - krawat "Polish".

      In German there many words similar to English or to Polish so I never know. "Dach" (German) - dach (Polish), but "Tür" (German) - door (English).

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