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Juggling learning 2 languages - Any tips?

Hi! I've been learning German for about 3 months and I'm really enjoying it, but I also want to learn Esperanto, I don't want to lose my progress on my German, but I want my main focus to be Esperanto. Any tips on how to juggle between them? Thanks, Lingots to best answers.

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I speak fluent Esperanto and fluent German. I tried all the tricks (studying in different rooms, different times of the day, using different methods, different color flashcards) and what really works best is - practice.

Three months of German is still very much "beginner" level. (Well, unless you're doing a home stay immersion or something.) I predict you will have lots of trouble with "mixing" as you progress with Esperanto. It will be frustrating. The only solution is to push through it. I would push in larger chunks depending on your language use needs. That is, do a week or several days of one language before switching.

I'd completed a minor in German (3 years of college) before working on Esperanto, and countless hours working on both since then. The good news is -- time is going to pass whether you use it to learn language or watch viral videos. You may as well use it for something cool like German and Esperanto. :-)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonMey
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If you try for two, I would recommend having a dominant language with the second "on the side." Actively work on the first and mostly maintain the second. For me, that is now French (dominant) and Spanish (on the side). That was what worked best when I was only learning Esperanto and French. (Esperanto was dominant for me.)

Now, I also dabble with Korean every few days, but I am just trying to get the basics of the alphabet and phonology down pat. No actual study of words or grammar yet. And I do keep my Esperanto tree gold, but I haven't been studying beyond that for a few months.

YouTube polyglots I've seen almost always recommended no more than two languages at a time, so my inclusion of Korean is questionable, and I may drop it for a bit until I reach B2 in French, but for now I think it's okay as I just want to familiarize myself with the language, not learn it yet.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam090615

Thanks!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDiaconescu
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Maintain both. Strengthen and learn 2 new chapters for the main focus. Strengthen and learn 1 new chapter for the secondary.

Alternating them is another option. Mon wed fri sun for a language and tue thu sat for the other

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam090615

Thanks, I'm going to try this, seems like a practical solution!

5 months ago

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Like everyone else says - Make one primary ( the actively learning one) and one secondary and split the learning times - on a good day i do revision and maintainance on several languages first thing in the morning then on my active language i do a second session later in the day, one or two lessons consolidation and maintainance thus far and one or two lessons on new material.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

Make sure your brain knows that you have changed gears! Wear a different hat (literally) for each language, change rooms, use the iPad for one and the main computer for the other, make a vest / sleeveless shirt you put on for each language, keep your notes in VERY different notebooks with different color ink. Have fun!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ann873676

I'm doing the same thing. (Esperanto and Spanish) I usually do 3 days in a row of one, then 3 of the other. If I do both in the same day, I take a 10 minute break in between, where I try to do something in my native tongue (English). I find it helps me to switch gears. Then I do 1 set of skills strengthening for a review. Also, I move to a different area of the table that I study at... good luck!

5 months ago