https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea

French or Russian? Or both?

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E ai galera, tudo bom com voces? Sou americana, vivo nos Estados Unidos. Quero saber o que voces pensam. Qual idioma devo aprender primeiro: frances ou russo?

Eu falo ingles (Estados Unidos) como lingua materna, portugues (Brasil), e espanhol (Colombia).

Ideias? Dicas e trucos? Ajuda de qualquer forma? Seria muito util pra mim. Muito obrigada!

Hey guys, how are you? I'm American, I live in the United States. I want to know what you all think. Which language should I learn first: French or Russian?

I speak English (United States) natively, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Colombia).

Ideas? Tips and tricks? Help of any kind? It would be very useful for me! Thanks so much!

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/matfran2001
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Eu acho que você poderá aprender ambos os idiomas simultaneamente, porque eles são bastante diferentes, e eu acho que você já fala três idiomas, algo que facilita muito.

Algunas personas dicen que es mejor empezar uno y luego, meses después, empezar otro idioma, pero nunca comenzar dos (o más) idiomas nuevos al mismo tiempo. Pero yo creo que eso depende de cada persona. Yo empecé seis o siete idiomas nuevos al mismo tiempo, hace veintidós meses, y sólo los mezclo (algunos, a veces) al hablar, pero no tengo ningún problema para leer o escuchar.

I would like to study some Russian too, but I already study a lot of languages and it takes a lot of time just trying to practice them all on a daily basis or even weekly. It is kind of a drug or an addiction, sometimes I can't help starting another new language here (or on other web sites), like Russian, Hebrew, Japanese or Greek, but after some days I am able to stop it and then I go back to consolidate the other languages better.

Je te souhaite un bon moment d'étudier le français et le russe, je pense que ça te plaira beaucoup. Bonne chance.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Wow, even I can't do that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Keep learning and you will!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Thnx.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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I mean it. What do you speak? English, French, Spanish, and... ? You're doing great, keep practicing! I know you can become fluent if you try. Anyone can! Just be persistent.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

I will.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Thanks so much for the response! Very kind of you! Sorry that I can't place accent marks here on my computer!

Eu tambem acho que nao haveria problema estudar os dois no mesmo tempo, mas algumas pessoas estavam me dizendo que devo aprender idiomas do mesmo 'grupo familiar' ouseja, idiomas parecidos. Eu nao concordo com isso.

Y cual seria la razon de comenzar el otro idioma un mes o asi despues del primero? Eso no me hace mucho sentido. Pero me doy cuenta del facto de que necesito tener tiempo para todos los idiomas que estudio, verdad? O no sere fluido.

Merci beaucoup pour repondre! C'est tres utile. Je vais apprendre francais un jour!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Actually u cn!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

U hold alt. and the press certain letter and u'll hve the accent.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

And then u press the letter that ur accenting.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Ok?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xamaranth

I think you should learn French first and then Russian, not simultaneously, because I think you should learn a language in the same family as your native language (French and Spanish are Romance languages) and then a different language family (Russian is Slavic, which is not in the Germanic or Romance family).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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I find French simpler just because it shares the alphabet and pronunciation is easier. However I really like Russian and French both. Is there any reason I shouldn't do them both at once to challenge myself?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamoolTheSamosa

I feel you have the time and like a challenge you should do it. As you can already speak 3 languages it will be a bit easier than someone who knows only 1

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

That's what I was thinkin'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamoolTheSamosa

Well have fun!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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I wil! Thanks!

1 year ago

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Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

My pleasure.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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You are all so kind. Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

No prob.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xamaranth

Some polyglots do a language in different parts of the day everyday. For example, you do French in the morning and Russian in the evening. So you can associate words with that time of day and not mix the languages up, if you want to do them simultaneously. You can do them both at once if you would like a challenge.

Cyrillic comes from the Greek alphabet partly (I think), so if you know some Greek characters, it might help.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Great idea! Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Ur welcome.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xamaranth

*You're

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

I'm aware...I'm jst trying to shorten.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

I do too.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

That's a good point.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenshero
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I'll start off by saying either French or Russian would be great! But if you're planning on doing both at some point, I'd start with French. It's not easy but it's a lot easier than Russian, especially since you've done romance languages before. And then Russian. If you start with the easier of the two, you can build up your language skills which will then speed your progress up with the more difficult one (Russian). Good luck with whatever you decide!

1 year ago

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Good advice thanks!

1 year ago

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Welcome!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orde90
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Just study both. However you decide it won't satisfy you and your mind will be stuck in the other language you left. So that's why I'd recommend starting both at the same time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Lol

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HoeckerCarlos
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Both, if you have the time! It is virtually impossible to confuse them.
If you started both at the same time, probably you will end French first, Russian is a little more complex and requires a little more work.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

He's right.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Thanks guys!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

What're friends 4?

1 year ago

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Thanks friend.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

That's what we stand for.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Personally I tackle one tree at a time, but then once I've finished the tree switch to studying it on clozemaster and keep up with them all there. And I go for the harder languages first since I know I'll need to dedicate more time to them to get there, so I tackled Russian first, and now I'm on German and next Portuguese since that will be easiest of those three. But it's whatever you wanna do and have time for. Bonne chance !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Hmmm...never thought of it that way.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Thanks so much everyone! It's been terrific reading all the comments and hearing different ideas and points of view. I appreciate them all very much!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Our pleasure.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

My advice: flip a coin. If it lands on heads, choose French. If it lands on tails, choose Russian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

That's a great idea.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

Indeed. There are many threads like this one, and I always give this answer. To add a bit of extra input: I've never studied Russian but I have no doubts French is easier, and I would suggest choosing the language that you will use more too. However, if you (general you, not you in particular) have thought and still cannot decide, then you have a coin which you can use to decide for you. Then, when the coin lands on the side that you realize you didn't want, you will know better what you did want!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

French is a lot easier if u ask me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Of course. For one, because it shares our alphabet and accents are easier to learn than a whole new writing system!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Indeed.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaz2ooo

first you need to learn russian!! it will help alot in colleges! (i think)

1 year ago

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I already speak 3 languages, working on 4th... Not too worried about college admits, I'm already in a good college.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

What college?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Ha, ha, ha!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

I thought it was Chinese...oooooooo I remember the Chinese flag now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MernaOsama1
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I'd suggest you start learning Russian and finish the grammar ( especially the cases ). Then, after you reach the level of being able to have a conversation in Russian without stuttering, start learning French. The point is that you can learn both at the same time, but both have a challenging grammar, but the Russian grammar is, I believe, more necessary in speaking Russian than the French grammar in speaking French (I am not saying that French grammar is useless, but Russian grammar is more necessary for understanding actual sentences).

In brief: 1. Start with Russian 2. Finish the cases, and be able to use them fast without confusing them. 3. Conduct a real conversation in Russian 4. Start French 5. Learn both at the same time!

Good Luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

That jst scatters my brain.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MernaOsama1
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learning both simultaneously? or is it just the long comment? :'

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Thanks to both of you! I think I will learn them simultaneously.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MernaOsama1
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Best of luck! You'll enjoy it :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WernickesArea
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Thank you! You too. What are your languages? I see English, Russian, French, German, and something I don't recognize. How many of them are you fluent in?

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https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

I think it's the long comment.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

It's chinese.

1 year ago

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Turkish, but it is there for fun, I am not really learning it.

As for the rest of the languages, I can have conversations for example, but cannot fully understand a news podcast (only till now :D).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakobIAm1

Turkish, really?Hmmm...interesting.

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