Should I learn two languages at once
Hi, I am a beginner in French and have been learning French for the 2 months or so. I am still relatively new to learning languages and is interested in learning as much as I can. I was wondering if learning a second language besides French could slow down or ruin my progress.
I believe that this question can really only be answered by yourself because we all have different ways of learning. Personally, I've been learning a couple different languages at once and am still comprehending it all. Though you might be a different type of learner than I am.
Have a great time learning new languages! :) -JJ
Yes, it will slow down your progress a lot in your target language unless you really, really put in a lot more time, which adds confusion and difficulty Is it worth it? Obviously I have chosen to study more than one language anyway because I enjoy it and I do NOT have a schedule or important reason for learning a particular one.
If you need one language for school, work, travel or relationships, it's best to focus on that until it reaches the level you want. If you are doing OK with the language progressing the way it is, you may try some other languages and see.
That is my answer, FWIW (which may be nothing at all, since I am not you!). Good luck in whatever you decide. You can always stop either language and start new ones here. That is one thing I like about DL. Sometimes when my main language gets very hard I like to work on the basics of another one. I have since found a much better way to stay motivated is simply to go back to the basics of the target/main language and do some practices or stories, etc.
I definitely think you could handle two, just make sure you work hard on both of them. Practicing equal amounts on each per day should avoid excessive confusion. I would not tackle any more than two at a time though, but good luck learning another language!
At my school we're thought Dutch, English, French, German, Ancient Greek and Latin, and for most people that amount of languages isn't really a problem. The main problem I could see is when you start learning the seconds language so much that you forget to spend time on French, but some simple planning should be able to prevent that.
Thanks for your reply! Do you have any suggestions for how I can plan my time? Any suggestion would be appreciated!
Routine can be helpful. Try doing no more than 10 or 20 xp a day on a second language just to see how you like it. Don't do too much. Don't overdo it. Just keep it fun. If you find you enjoy it, you can do more, or try a 3rd language. Lots of people work mainly on one, and do a little on another. You could do your French in the morning, and the other in the evening, or maybe if you spend some time travelling, you could do one then.
Yes, but at school they timetable in the time to work on these. A reasonably smart person can usually do two or three new languages at a time but most are snowed down by other calls on their time.
A search o this will give you thousands of opinions. But the bottom line is what do you want to achieve in French and how much free time do you have? If you cut your French study time to add another language it will take at least twice as long (elapsed time) to learn. But if you have a spare 30 minutes for a second language why aren't you using it on your French?
If you really need/want to learn French, stick with it alone for a year or two.
If you're learning languages for fun or curiosity, do whatever you want. But it might be a good idea to get to Level 10 or 15 in French before starting a second new language.
If you stay bored after moving into two or three languages, you might want to study drawing or poetry or something.
If you don't mind that you may get it confused with french (I had a hard time accepting that "il" means "the" in Italian), go for it.