Some tips for learning more languages at the same time!
Currently, I’m learning two languages: German (I need it in real life) and Japanese (I study it because I like it a lot, so).
They are two different languages and so it’s not so confusing and I don’t risk to mess them up.
Since they are two languages is pretty hard (and expensive) buying all the material for studying like books, vocabularies and stuff.
I have some tips that maybe can help, I hope:
--1st : Books in two languages.
Today I have bought a dictionary German/Japanese:
Well, they are not my native languages but this dictionary is good because there are pictures in it and so, even if I don’t know the exact translation of a word, I can understand what it is thanks to the pictures. It’s a “Visual Dictionary”. Actually, this book is for German people who want to learn Japanese but it’s pretty useful if you want to learn both of them because, thanks to the pictures, you already understand everything without searching for the word to Google in your native language. Pictures is a universe language and everybody can understand it and so you don’t get confused! Of course, you can do it with any languages you are studying and if you are studying more languages at the same time!
--2nd Tip: Learning with pictures!
This is a tip I want to give to those people who love drawing (but everyone can read it) and I have even tried it by myself but I was too lazy to continue it. It’s easier memorizing a word if you associate it to a picture/photo and so you can create your own visual dictionary. For example, you can draw a dog and write the translation of the word dog without using your native language. You can also print pictures and create this dictionary, it can be fun and also very creative (in my opinion).
--3rd Tip: Learning a language by using another language /not your native language:
You can do this if your level is high because it can be a little hard if you are a beginner. My level in German is not very high but it’s higher than Japanese and so it would be very useful if I’d start learning Japanese with German Books and so I’d improve both of these languages. This is a thing true Pros do, and I’m not still a true Pro but you can do it! I think, when you are learning a new language you must forget your own because it can be confusing sometimes.
I hope you have appreciated my advice.
Every new advice is welcome!
Great tips! Learning two different languages was so hard to me, i stopped some time ago because i wanted to dedicate all my free time to english until i reach a higher level. One method that i used to do for vocabulary was to make flashcards, in the a side i wrote the word in the first language that i was learning (english) then in the b side i wrote the meaning of that word in the second language, that was very helpful to me because i was learning two words in less time. Good luck and don't give up (like me)!
What would you offer as advice to someone who wants to learn two similar languages (Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, etc.)?
I'd say, don't stress too much when you get them mixed up occasionally. You get plenty of benefits from seeing the similarities between the languages, so take advantage of that. You can also separate them a bit by focusing on one language one week and the other one the next week, and alternate. Or switch from day to day, or work on one of them in the morning and the other one at night. And get some physical reading materials in your two languages, such as easy readers.
Reading the Wikipedia pages for Portuguese and Spanish phonology and then listening to music in both languages while looking at the lyrics should help. Particularly slower music, for Brazilian Portuguese I really recommend the Ludov - Disco Paralelo YouTube video, the singers (well, it's the lead singer in all but one song) are really emphatic on how our nasal vowels are actually pronounced.
Great tips. I happen to be using some of them without knowing. I'm a native portuguese speaker, but I'm studying Japanese from English which I'm already advanced.
I have another tip that generally those who already learned a language do. If you are quite good at the language you are studying, wherever it's possible, use that language in your environment: change your social medias, e-mails, computer and cellphone languages to your second language. Watch movies, news and series, read books. Enter into the language universe so you will be learning just by doing your daily activities.
Thanks for shared your wisdom and have a great time studying!