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Is it a good idea to learn spanish and french together?

December 5, 2017



How's your Spanish? If you're doing fine with Spanish then you could give French a try. If you're still struggling with Spanish, I recommend sticking with Spanish until you get a better understanding of it.


They are very close languages, my sister studied both of them for two years at the same time. She does get confused with them both, but she can speak in them.

I don't see why not, although do prioritise your language learning. I wanted to learn all the romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian) but I'm just focusing on French for the time being.

It makes it easy to focus on your preferred language. I am studying one from Romance group (French), one from germanic group (Dutch) and an asian language (Chinese)

When I become better at these languages -say intermediate/almost advanced, I will probably move on to Portuguese, Swedish, Korean.


Nope. They are in the same language group and have a lot in common. Try to spend 6 months learning one of them and then you can add the other one.


This is what I do. I normally spend around 6 months really learning a language, then when I become a higher level of that language and my proficiency in that language is better I'll start the basics of another language, but not from the same language group.

Example, if I wanted to learn spanish whilst studying French I would not do so until I was at the level I am now (Advanced - probably B2 or C1)


I'd say that six months is kinda harsh. But yeah, definitely start with one, so there's a clear difference in proficiency between the two.


Maybe replace "6 months" by 12-24/36 months? :)
6 months is quite short....if you really have to learn one Romance language from scratch and you do not know more before.

The forward tree of Portuguese (>400 lessons) took me ~1 year.
The other 2 reverse trees PT-EN / PT-DE might take me another 1-1,5years.

To strengthen / focus on some unknown grammar parts for the PT forward tree: Probably another ~3-6 months (e.g buying grammar book, etc.).

So I am sure I will be quite busy with adding multiple resources (Lingvist, Mondly, Podcasts, etc.) for my 2nd year.


I would not recommend anyone to start learning a language with Duolingo. This site is a good tool for training your skills, not for learning new things in grammar and vocabulary. So 6 months is quite enough to get to a certain level of knowledge and then try to start learning a new language.


Thomas, we are not discussing how much time it takes to master a tree or to "get fluent" in a language, whatever that means. We're talking about how much time you should wait between starting one language and then another. This can differ greatly per user, depending amongst other things on the amount of time they can put into DL daily and how much language they already know, which will speed up the process.


Nobody can be you for saying "yes" or "not... you'll never know if you don't try.

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Yes definitely.Remember when you're learning a language ,or several, you're learning the rules of syntax and grammar as well, which apply across all languages in various forms.Therefore you'll be consolidating your language learning skills by adding another language. Good luck


I studied both at the same time. Spanish stuck but French didn't. Kinda weird.

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