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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nailya.sha

Learning more than one language at a time?

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering whether I should try to learn more than one language at a time. Just to give you some background - I was born and raised in a more or less bilingual environment. My mother tongue is Tatar, but I switched exclusively to Russian at a very young age. I still understand Tatar quite well and know its grammar structure, but I can't can't speak it fluently . I have been learning English since I was eight and I am now totally fluent (I've been living in the UK for six years). Back in Russia I started learning French at school, but it didn't go too well. I picked it up again last year and did a very lightweight course. I am doing a reading course atm, I go to classes once a week. Turns out I need to learn Dutch for my work, so I picked it up. I spend about an hour to an hour and a half a day on it, and I all but gave up French. However, I really want to defeat the wretched thing someday, and preferably sooner rather than later. So, first question: do you think it is ok for me to go back to French at some point soon or should I concentrate just on Dutch for now? (for reference, I started doing Dutch half heartedly a couple of months ago but began putting the effort into it about a week ago). Thanks.

January 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jcarlosmjr

My situation is similar to yours. I have been focusing on Dutch for some months, but last week I've also decided to refresh my French and study it with more discipline - I took a pause in my French classes almost two years ago and in Duolingo I just flew through my French tree with little attention. Balancing learning two languages could be quite tricky sometimes, but I think that it always comes down to discipline. If you try to share your efforts between them in a regular basis in order to keep both fresh in your mind, I would say it's totally possible. At the moment it's working for me and I hope I can see good progress with both. Good luck with your learning!

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DogePamyuPamyu

French and Dutch aren't similar at all so you won't mix them. It's all based on the amount of time you can put into it.

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nailya.sha

I tried to do a French exercise yesterday and just kept wanting to translate English into Dutch or making mistakes on the level of 'tu mange'... This is hopeless.

January 13, 2015
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