Should I do French and Italian together
I am a native English speaker but with Italian heritage (maternal grandmother is Italian) I've always wanted to learn the language and started this in May.
Also I've wanted to learn French for a while as it's a beautiful country, and it's much more useful in my life, I want to work for the OECD (they like you to speak French)
I keep reading different sites and opinions, some say that studying them together will help me learn them faster as they will compliment each other. Other sites say it will slow me down as I will confuse them so I thought I'd ask the experts.
Would it help or hinder me to add French to my Italian study?
I think you've answered your own question in what you've written !!! You have an incentive to learn French (both culturally and in your career ambitions) and bear in mind that at about level 16 your Italian will really start to develop as you'll be able to have more in depth conversations with your mother and this "one on one " is the best type of environment for language learning. From what I've seen so far Italian will give you an excellent grounding to tackle French - I wish I had learned Spanish or Italian before French but can say that having other languages to refer to definitely improves your ability to take on and understand linguistic concepts that may not be immediately obvious . My advice would be to start learning French and Duolingo will give you an excellent platform to do this.Best of Luck !!
I personally enjoy learning multiple languages at the same, but I adopted what I'd like to call the 80-20 rule. This means that one language is the primary one and the other is the minor one (respectively getting 80% and 20% of my studying time).
Languages being similar has both pros and cons: pro being that there's a large spill-over in knowledge, con being that you can get them mixed up. So it's hard to say if you should do it. I'd say just give it a try: you'll find out soon enough what works for you.
Why not try? There are plenty of people taking more than one language. I am not one of them. French and Italian are both Latin based, as you know. I studied Italian in the early 90's and although my vocabulary disintegrated to almost nothing, it has helped me study Spanish. I have seem some people on here say wait until you are half way down the tree.
I want to add, that if you study another language similar or dis-similar will have their pros and cons. Your time is going to be divided between the two, so that is something to consider. I agree with moogy, when he or she said :'that having other languages to refer to definitely improves your ability to take on and understand linguistic concepts that may not be immediately obvious.' It doesn't hurt to try.
Go for it! Become trilingual! Make the owl happy! runs around waving a motivational poster I think the languages would supplement each other well, as they both derive from Latin 'n stuff. And you have good motivation for both languages. puts on an owl costume and continues to wave poster