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Already bilingual... How long to become trilingual?

Hello there! I am presently learning spanish (as you can guess). I have been using duolingo A LOT. I enjoy it so much! I gain up to 50-100 points per day, revising each day as well. I am fluent in English and French, which leads me to wonder how long will it take for me to be fluent in spanish (not mastered, simply capable of holding a conversation)?

I know this question has been asked a few times but I have failed to find any bringing up the fact that they speak french and english (I have been told that knowing both can help immensely in learning spanish)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bducdt
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With dedication and a lot of studying every day the average learner speaking only English can become conversationally fluent in Spanish in 6-9 months. But most people aren't going to study multiple hours per day, so we're looking more at 12-18 months for a person who keeps with their studies.

The lexical similarity of English and French is about 27%, Spanish and French is about 75%.

Drawing roughly from this, I would say if you're really dedicated, maybe 4 months, a more realistic estimation I would put at about 6-9 months, IF you study consistently.

If you aren't dedicated, it could easily take you 12-18 months or longer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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I had come across a good article someone posted in the discussions sometime back. You will find it interesting.

4 years ago

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Cognates = words that share the same origin. Example:
General is a Spanish and English word. Of course there's the French word général

I'm sure you already know this. There are many cognates in Spanish and English. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that French and Spanish share many similar words. You're already familiar with word genders. With a lot of enthusiasm, motivation, inspiration + (time ^ study) / practice . . . you should be able to to become trilingual in 6 - 10 months or within a 1 year if my math is correct. Some people believe that you can become fluent in 3 months.

Good luck! Seriously I imagine you should fly through the lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/indigobloom

Since English(my native language) doesn't have gendered words, I am now wondering, are they more or less the same between different languages, like say French and English? when they are cognates especially...

4 years ago

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Are there similarities between French and English? I haven't really explored the differences and similarities between English and French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/indigobloom

I took it way back in elementary school. I think there are more similarities than people realize but then even though I don't speak the language, I have lived around people who do my entire life so perhaps I've picked up a thing or two subconsciously?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/whoissteph_

There are very few similiarities between the two languages. Spanish has much more in common with French than English does. The two languages are very different. French has many grammar rules (verbs are a huge pain to learn).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/indigobloom

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and I think Canadian French does have more in common with English, and also there are some words we all just know because of food labeling regulations etc. (they have to be bilingual) I'm a little nervous about learning French again, with all the grammar complications!

3 years ago