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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RooyAguirre

Should I learn German in Spanish, or English?

Hi, my native languages are Spanish and English (mostly Spanish), and I want to learn German because for me it is an interesting language. I would love to start this course on Duolingo, but the thing is that I do not know if I should learn it on Spanish or English.

Please help me, I want to be fluent in German!

November 3, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

Not that I am advocating learning it in English, but German shares a higher lexical similarity with english both being germanic languages. On the other hand, me knowing Spanish grammar better explicitly than English grammar has affected my choices to learn other languages. I also just like Spanish better, so learning new languages from it is something I prefer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lau-GP

Both of them. Maybe first from English, then from Spanish, :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

I have tried doing this with French from Spanish and Portuguese (though now I am primarily doing it from Portuguese). There are some advantages to this: different course vocab, different perspectives on learning the language, more facility changing between each of them, and the possibility of reinforcing both.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoyceA

Even though it seems most natural to learn from Spanish, consider doing it from English to German, at least at first. The English-based courses on Duo tend to be well-traveled. A history of many active users means many basic confusions and errors have already been corrected or clarified. It also means that there are a ton of useful discussions with each item. When you don't quite understand something, there's a good chance your question has already been asked and answered very fully by a native speaker or an advanced student.

Good luck and good learning, whichever route you choose!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lagertha27

If you are more fluent in Spanish then I would do it in Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/missy20201

Most people think Spanish, but if you're less fluent in English it may be good to do it that way for more practice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi
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I did both trees, and I recommend learning it from English. The Ger from En tree is longer and more detailed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AfiyahI.

Learn it in the language you are the most fluent and comfortable in. Currently I'm learning German from the English and it's not so bad. Guten Tag!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

Which language are you better at, Spanish or English? Because whichever one if worse, then you should do it in that language for practice.

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