https://www.duolingo.com/Emily947375

Anyone learning two languages at once?

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I've been self teaching Turkish for around 8 months now and Its something I throughly enjoy. I'm thinking of applying for a course in middle eastern studies with Turkish when I go to university and although its not required I'd like to acquire another GCSE language alongside my French, or an AS level. Unfortunately my college won't offer the opportunity of learning Turkish but they've offered me the opportunity to either take up Polish AS level or GCSE German. First of all, which language do you think would be better? Secondly, I'm afraid taking up a second language would lead to neglecting Turkish so I was wondering if anyone is currently doing this... Yesterday I read a blog post about a girl learning 7 languages at once!

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I have many languages that I decided to study with various activity levels, although I’m really only focusing on 5 enough to make significant progress in the language. In my opinion, practicing them regularly, even if you just practice them every few days, is enough to not be neglectful about it, and there might be times were you want to take a break from one language because you’re trying to learn too much too quickly.

As for college, your choice really depends on what you want to do. Personally if you’re interested in studying Middle Eastern culture, I’d suggest you study Turkish by yourself and also learn some Arabic if you can get classes in it. If you just want to study another language, think about what would make you more happy; studying Turkish on your own or taking a language your college offers. No language is inferior to another as long as you have the right reasons to learn a language.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeridaPeters
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It's much easier if you study a language that you actually like. Duolingo offers both Polish and German. Try them out, and see if you would like to learn them. Then choose the one you want to learn.

It's possible to learn more than one language at a time, provided you ensure that you allocate enough time to them. My main language is Turkish, but I do a little bit of Arabic and Japanese on the side. If I were working hard on all three languages, I have a feeling that I would be able to make good progress in all of them.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akudznam_Nafri
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Well, I am learning three languages at once at the moment, so I can tell you that it is definitely possible. I am learning turkish, italian and russian. But it is not like I am starting from scratch, I used to learn those languages before, but I had to take a little pause due to lack of time. So now I am just trying to catch up with what I forgot and build up on what I already know. I definitely would not suggest learning more languages at once if they belong to the same language category though, as it is quite likely to mix things up, I am speaking from my personal experience with polish and russian. If you've got the time to practice those languages at a daily basis, I would definitely not discourage you to do so. German or polish ? Hmmm, I don't know really, it all comes up to your personal preference. German is probably the easier and the more important language given its political influence in Europe and the number of speakers, but polish has its own charm too, maybe you feel more attached to polish because you have friends there or maybe some polish ancestry, or maybe you just like the way the language sounds. I always choose by heart to be honest, so I always end up with the language I really like rather than the language which is more important. Good luck !

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xKrankenhausx

Merhaba!

In general, learning a language (or anything for that matter) is much easier if you have interest in it. If you don't, it becomes 10x harder. Learning multiple languages compounds that difficulty even further.

It really depends on whether you're more interested in Poland or Germany/Austria/Switzerland. Since you already doing French as well as learning Turkish on your own, I wouldn't bog yourself down with a language you're not interested in. If you haven't already, read up on the history, culture, cuisines, cities of these countries. That will help you figure out which one you're more interested in.

Lastly, as someone who's learning several languages at once, try not to have more than one language at a time that you have little-to-no knowledge of. For example, my current "basically clueless" language is Japanese. When Japanese gets too hard, I can go back to French, Russian or Turkish to give my mind a bit of a break. Depending on how comfortable you are with Turkish, you might just want to stay with French & Turkish until you feel that you're intermediate (or borderline intermediate), then add Polish/German afterwards.

İyi şanslar! :)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/King2E4
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It is very easy to neglect a language once you start learning another, but there are many people who can spend time with both languages and who don't neglect one.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LItalia4
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A lingot and best wishes! Give it a try. Sample your options and see what makes you smile. I didn't realize until just recently that learning several new languages, and rewarming several too, is delicious and do-able. Thanks Duolingo!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xmins
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I'm learning around 6 languages at once ;P

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abdullah_B

Merhaba! I'm currently learning Turkish, and I'm not doing it for fun just like many people does with languages, but I'm doing it for a personal and professional purposes concerning working and living in Turkey. Languages were never made to be learnt just for fun or for wasting some time, they were made to be learnt for those who might have benefit from it in real world, that's why most of us forget about the languages we learn, because deep down in our minds we are sure we are not going to be using them, so our minds give the permission to forget about them and let go of them after some short period of time. -- What I really want to say is that you must look for a language that does serve you and be of a big help to you, once you find that language, you are free to go all in and start studying it. And as for learning more than one language at a time, that's a real bad thing, because this way you don't allow your brain to focus on one language but to focus on more than one, which would eventually lead to the point where you are not good in any of them. I know there are people who can study and learn like 5 or 6 or even more languages at a time, and yes some of those people might be able to do so freely and become fluent in all of them maybe, but you must know people are not alike, there are people who are smart with real high IQ, and they could perform way better than an average person, but those are really few, not all people have the ability to pursue 5 languages at the same time, just like there would be people who can't even pursue one language because their brains are not into languages and linguistics. -- Hope that helped you. iyi sanslar '' sorry I don't have a Turkish keyboard yet haha ''

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EiU4AIsj
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I am learning 3 languages at the same time: french, italian, and chinese. I used to speak french fairly well many, many years ago and am now re-learning it. I knew a few words of italian, not much, but it is close enough in structure to french to be straightforward. Chinese is completely new to me. If you are a busy person, then I agree with the other post: it's uncomfortable learning a completely new language so it's best to have only one of those at a time (for me it's chinese). My main focus is on french and I spend the most time on it, and I do a bit of italian each day. My progress in chinese is very slow and I see it as a long getting-acquainted period. I work on it slowly and regularly so I stay in touch with it, and will ramp up my efforts after I complete the french course. I started on Duolingo last Oct, and am just about finished the French course, I am about half way thru the italian course, and am now probably less than 25% done the chinese course.

I have definitely not neglected my french course after adding the other two languages. I find that even for french, which I used to know reasonably well, I can only absorb so much grammar a day. I like the variety of switching to another language.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orde90
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I think two languages would be fine, but of course it's not going to be like focusing on only one language. German is more similar to Turkish pronunciation wise and this could actually help you. Polish is a bit challenging.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew506793

German is easier than polish (eg. polish has 28 ways to say the numbers 1,2,3.) Although German requires lots of grammar correctness and there are three ways to the (der,die,das). I have tried german and it is really easy so if you want the easiest, German is the best.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stergi3
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About 20 minutes a day for each language is not so much. You can learn as many as you are motivated to. If there is no motivation, make a pause. You come back after a while with more appetite to learn. It is a usual recommendation of polyglots.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mer855072

Merhaba don't forget to practice Turkish regularly. Get A's at school!

7 months ago
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