https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessBazooka

Should I take two languages at once?

My papa is from puerto rico, but never taught me spanish, so I am trying to learn it now. But, I also want to learn french. Should I take spanish first, then french? I feel if I take them both at the same time, I will mix them up. Please help

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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If you don't have any previous experience with language learning, I'd suggest starting with just one. Also, since the languages are quite similar, it's probably likely that you'll mix them up, if you start them at the same time. It would help to get reasonably conversational in one before starting the other (possibly beyond what Duolingo can teach you). Spanish is probably easier due to more regular grammar and spelling. You will then find learning French easier due to the similarities.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redda18
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Try learning French from Spanish (laddering) that way you can train your brain to separate them better

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stardust103158

I tried learning both at the same time and I rapidly discovered that the best method is to focus on one, get at least halfway into it, then start the other one. I use Memrise to help keep up on the words and add vocabulary. I still get confused sometimes because the two languages are close, but actually learning French has helped me with Spanish. I finished my French tree, but I've gone much slower on my Spanish tree. Now that I'm about halfway done with Spanish and using Memrise to reinforce what I've learned, I'm starting on German, but I'm going very slow on it (even though I had it in high school). French is a lovely language. I would definitely work on one first, then start the other much slower. I work all my Spanish stuff on Memrise, then come back on work on French stuff to keep them straight.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jellybean3242006

You might not get them mixed up, and you might. If you want to learn French, then go ahead and do it

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/painai2
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Yes, learn French. French is a beautiful language. From my experience, I don't get these two languages mixed up at all.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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Follow your heart! Learn the one you want to and dabble in the one your interested in.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

Children who grow up in multilingual households don't have much of a problem with it. It SEEMS that they separate the languages by whom they talk to / where they are / when they do it. You might use this to help your problem. Get a hat that you wear ONLY when you study Spanish. Wear your T-shirt with the French flag ONLY when you study French. Use your iPad ONLY for Spanish and the big computer ONLY for French. Give yourself some kind of signal about what you are doing ... There is no reason NOT to study two at once ...

8 months ago
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