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Portuguese, Spanish, or both?

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So basically, I had been studying Spanish for six years in school. I started to pick up Portuguese, and I found my Portuguese progressing a lot faster than my Spanish, so I took a break.

My current boyfriend's family speaks Spanish, so in the long run, my ideal is to be fluent in both. Should I just continue to study Portuguese, or do you think it would be fine if I pick up both at the same time?

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/FredrikVC

The comments I've heard from people seriously studying two languages is that the more similar the languages are, the more they interfere with each other. Unless you're already fluent in one of the languages -- B2 or better; much further than Duolingo can bring you -- you're better off picking one and running with it.

On the other hand, it's also well know that if you are already fluent in one language that is extremely similar to another, then learning the second will be much easier.

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https://www.duolingo.com/joduji08
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if you learn on fluent the second is really easy. I would recomend spanish first

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https://www.duolingo.com/tannercasa2

Both at the same time works really well for me

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https://www.duolingo.com/zohar.sh
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they are both very similar, but since your bf's family speaks spanish, i'd recommend you to start there.

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https://www.duolingo.com/imJamal12
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no, both languages have A LOT of differences

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https://www.duolingo.com/zohar.sh
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i've been speaking spanish for the past 10 years. yes, there are a lot of differences but at the same time theres a lot of similarity

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https://www.duolingo.com/imJamal12
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the both, portuguese is not same spanish.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Guimaraes
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I'm a native Portuguese speaker and when I study Spanish I start to make some grammar "mistakes" haha (and this is actually quite common).

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https://www.duolingo.com/ac.santos
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Saaaame! lol It's very easy to slip but for the most part, I'm finding the Spanish course ridiculously easy.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ac.santos
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You could technically do both at a time, but you might start to confuse words because of the similarities between the two languages. I'm a native (European) Portuguese speaker, and even before picking up Spanish on Duo, I could easily understand much of what was being said in Spanish. Can't speak it beyond simple phrases, but can certainly understand it.

That said, the confusion of words isn't necessarily a horrible thing in real-life applications because there's a good chance you'll still make yourself understood and if anything, I would imagine that your boyfriend's family would be more than happy to correct any mistakes and teach you some words. ;)

So really it's up to you, what you're enjoying the most and if you can juggle both at the same time.

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