Self consolation on giving up Russian and Hebrew

When I discovered Duolingo I went nuts. Here was a way I can learn languages while in bed, eating, walking, hanging upside down on monkey bars and dancing to Marcarena.

I began courses in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew (which slaughtered me immediately and I didn't dare proceed) and Russian. My finger itched to hit the add button for more courses - Italian, French, Hindi, Japanese, German, Latin, Greek (no particular order of priority here, I JUST WANT THEM ALL!!!!)

But I've already bitten off more than I can chew. The desire to learn EVERYTHING continues to burn strong but my learning curve has been severely stunted on account of being spread far too much and far too thin. With four language courses on my plate, I burned out easily, kept forgetting stuff from all languages, couldn't grasp basics of any. It was worse since I'm naturally prone to distrac- squirrel!

Where was I? Yeah, anyway, I've decided to stick to Arabic and Turkish. It physically hurts to let go of the others, but maybe it's not possible to learn this much at once (I envy you if you can). It's worse when you have to learn a new alphabet as well. I've gotten the hang of Cyrillic alphabet, but the Russian tree has to wait (more importantly, I have to wait for it) until I've made real progress in either Arabic or Turkish. As for Japanese and Hindi... those have to wait even longer. Ugly crying in Hebrew

Wait... what's my point? I had a point.


Yeah. I know there are others who want to learn as many languages as possible in one go, but lemme tell you, it's not worth it to jump in with that attitude because you'll end up barely learning anything at all. I advise newbies like myself (who has no specific purpose to learn these things) to pick one (maximum two) language(s) closest to your heart and focus, like really focus, on that selection. Perhaps it'll be wiser to choose languages of the same family if you go for more than one. Take an interest in the country of origin, research, read up on stuff, use Google translate to discover different words/variations, attempt to read new articles in that language (which is staring at a tornado of gibberish whilst reflecting on how little you know) and constantly tell your friends things you've learnt like "the pink cat reads newspapers in a saucepan" in the language of your choice. Avoid getting distracted. Ignore urges to jump into more and more and more (and more) random language courses. Just... Focus, focus, FOCUS!

Well. That's all I wanted to share for now. This is just an attempt to justify my decision to stop the Russian course. I... I really loved Russian. RIP.

cries in Russian

It's just so sad. BUT, I'd feel the same way if I gave up either Turkish or Arabic. So I'll stick to those two and see if my progress improves.

And then... one day, русский... I shall come back for you.

And, oh, btw, teşekkürler دوو ♥️

PS: I forgot about patience. Probably because I don't have it. Patience is good. Just like it's hard to learn 4-5 lingos at once, it's not easy to learn even one language as quickly as you'd like. Give time for what you've learned to simmer in your mind, build the vocab, repeatedly revisit your gold crowns and take the practice sess- squirrel!

September 9, 2019


know your limits I guess

September 9, 2019

Preach. ☝️

September 10, 2019

Очень хорошо, Comrade. I completely disagree with your decision to rebuke the tongue of the motherland, but I understand.

I personally couldn't handle more than two languages at a time. I practice both Russian and Spanish every day for around an hour each (including listening and reading outside of Duolingo). Any more and my already fragile social life would completely crumble.

September 9, 2019

I've been on the brink of social collapse for the past month. My friends and colleagues have been traumatized with my speaking in tongues, screaming at the red screens, and repetition of foreign phrases with my left eye twitching spasmodically. So yes, this change will help me restore my reputation. Amen.

September 10, 2019

Same ;A; Sticking to Spanish & little Arabic, Russian is next & afterwards so much more...

GL! :D

September 9, 2019

Thank you! GL to you as well. Just a question... The biggest reason I postponed Russian is because it caused a dissonance with Arabic. Do you think Spanish and Arabic are OK to learn parallel to each other? I'm finding Turkish and Arabic to be a good pair.

September 10, 2019

Great question. (I ain't an expert so I suggest you see what works best for you :))

I thought to myself: "Well, if I learn similar sounding/looking languages, I'd probably mess up so much! (ex. Spanish & Italian.) If that's so, my main focus is Spanish (which I know how to write in..) but I can 'allow' myself learn another language (focus mostly on said language's alphabet) such as Russian/Arabic because those have a completely different alphabet.

By the time I'm confident enough I won't confuse the words & grammar of both Spanish and Russian or Arabic, I'd be done with learning the basic writing system & words for those "Side(for now)-Languages" ;)

Hope it made sense... ;v; GL! :D

September 10, 2019

That makes sense! I think that's why Turkish and Arabic is working for me. They do have similar words, but differ enough that I never muddle the two.

September 13, 2019, 11:14 AM

Last count I found I'd dabbled in 27 languages. I am also just so curious to see what they are like - and would I like to do them? The answer is "Yes - I want to do them all!" Hebrew sure hasn't seen the last of me, though...have just written the alphabet on a whiteboard stuck to my fridge!

September 10, 2019

Woah! Exactly my sentiments... The curiosity is just painful to ignore sometimes. It's great that you're going ahead and learning them all bit by bit... But HEBREW!? Good luck with that. It killed me dead in just one course.

September 10, 2019

I've only done 2 lessons. lol

September 10, 2019

Are you sure you want to continue Arabic? That tree is a total trainwreck. I've already given up on it because of its inconsistencies and bad structure, and it seems abandoned by its creators as well. I hear that they've messed it up even more with the new audio they implemented which makes many more mistakes. There's even a thread by a native arabic speaker who advises users to disable the audio completely. I really don't think it's worth the effort, unless you have other better sourses to use.

September 10, 2019

I'd like to learn Hebrew, but I think I have to get familiar with its alphabet and phonetics elsewhere first. The Duolingo Hebrew course seems to be for those who already know these things. And for some reason, it's wayyyyy harder than learning the Russian script! As for Arabic, I already knew the alphabet when I began, so that sort of helps me ignore the faulty audio.

September 13, 2019, 11:11 AM

We are in an age that lots of learning materials can be easily accessed. However, our brain capacity doesn't improve that much. Therefore, focusing one thing and practing it patiently and consistently are the keys for making real progress. By the way, I can help you with Turkish, if you like.

September 10, 2019

I'm the same way, I came here trying to learn them all, but wound up learning almost none. Now I've deleted most of them and am focusing on the two I came here to learn in the first place-Dutch & Russian. It is hard to resist the temptation to add more, and will be even harder when Finnish comes along, but I've always had a bad habit of biting off more than I can chew, and I really need to learn to keep things simple.

September 12, 2019

Consider keeping Arabic and Hebrew they are more similar than Turkish and Arabic and might be easier to learn together.

September 11, 2019
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