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What is your strategy to study many languages at the same time?

There a lot of users studying 3 or more languages at the same time (on Duolingo). Do you think that is a good idea? what is your strategy to study many languages at the same time? What is your strategy to retain as many words as possible?

November 25, 2017



Focus one at a time.


Spend one day focusing on Spanish and the other on French.


-I was studying French, Spanish, and Italian at the same time, and it was both helpful and a bit confusing at times. My Italian helped me with possessives in French and Spanish, but sometimes I would mix up Spanish and Italian vocabulary. -I don't think learning a few languages simultaneously is necessarily bad, but it can be challenging. I'm currently in Spanish 1 at school so I focused on it a bit more than the French or Italian. Since the three are all Romance languages, they share similarities in terms of grammar and vocabulary and whatnot.
-My profile shows that there's 20+ languages I'm "learning" but really I've pushed the majority aside. My strategy to retain as many words as possible is to use Tinycards. My brain picks up on vocabulary fairly quickly when words are presented in flashcard form.


i can tell im gonna get a ton of downotes but OMG ANOTHER SHADOWHUNTER YESSSSSSS


um i just fumble my way through i dont really have a strategy


What works for me is still doing all three each day, but not at the same time. For example, I do German early in the day, then Norwegian in the afternoon and Swedish in the evening. It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.

  • 2004

I'd say generally (given you want to study seriously) you don't want to learn more than 3 or 4 langauges at a time, not to mention some people find a single language hard enough. That being said, I discovered it works when you learn languages on a different level (for example beginner in one, more or less advanced in one and "trying to be proficient" in another one). So the moral is, don't start more languages at the same time. Pick them up gradually and then you can study more of them at the same time but on different levels. It's also more fun, because while in one language you can already watch videos and read books, in another one you still have to bother with basic grammar rules (not so much fun to do the basic stuff in more than one language at the same time).

While some people suggest one day = one language, I would suggest do a little bit of each language every day. If you find it hard, it's a good idea to set a certain time for each langugage. When I started French for few weeks/months I was working on it strictly between 6 and 7 pm, it helped me to separate it in my brain from my other languages.


Study one at a time. It's way more beneficial to get in reading, vocabulary, listening, and speaking time in ONE language every day than scatter your focus. If you want to learn multiple languages you still can. It's just more efficient to be patient. For example, once you become proficient in French, you can study Russian from a French textbook and improve both languages at once.

The exception would be if you have an actual class every day in one language, then you could self study another on your own. I believe Dutch and Finnish schools teach multiple languages at once, but it's built in to the students' day and their homework. Keeping up the motivation and having time for self studying multiple languages after school, homework, or a job is usually unsustainable.

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