https://www.duolingo.com/_Moony

I'm learning like 3 languages :/

So much studying!! I love this site though <3 Any tips? :3

(French, Spanish, & Italian) -English is my first language

March 23, 2015

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

In my honest opinion you should only study one, but that's just me, studying one is better for me. I'm learning french by the way.

Ok, so you've chosen tree roman languages, in some way it's good, they are similar but in another way is not really good because they are quite similar in some parts. I speak, Romanian, Portuguese and Learning French, and I watch Italian news 30-1h a day and I am able to understand almost 60% without ever studying Italian.

The first thing you should do, and I really mean it, is to listen to as much content in the specific language as you can. Having chosen tree languages it will make it a bit difficult for you, but nothing is impossible.

I recommend listening to podcast in your ''dead time'', by ''dead time'' I mean when you don't do anything productive, this being, cleaning your room, driving, on the train, etc. If you manage to get the text extract of the podcast I recommend reading at the same time as the author but loud, it will help you develop your pronunciation.

You should read as well.

In terms of tips of what you can do, I don't have many since, I think the listening part is the most important in the process. You've learned your native language by listening not by studying grammar, right? :D

Now about some resources you could use.

Euronews Live app, and normal Euronews app. Its really great, you are able to watch the live broadcast in French, Spanish, Italian, and more 6 languages. The second app is where you have the news divided in segments, 3-4 minutes, and this is better than the first one because you have the text extract of the news under the video so you can read and listen at the same time, since sometimes is difficult to understand what a native speaker is saying.

Extra, TV series that you can find on YouTube, I not sure but I think you can watch them in French, Spanish and Italian as well.

Lingq.com, this is a really great site to learn new words and for pronunciation as well. They offer more than 10 languages, they have all the languages you are learning. The program consists in stories divided in parts, you listen and read at the same time, the words you don't know, you click on them and create flashcards that after you can revise.

Lingvist.com, it's really good for French, its like a flash card program where you learn words by phrases.

Verbling.com, for speaking with native speakers, it's free, you only need to have Google + Hangouts. You can find lots of interesting people there that are willing to help you.

Forvo.com, a site specialized in pronunciation, if you don't know how to pronounce a certain word you go to forvo and search it. You can listen to the audio that was recorded by a native speaker.

ARTE.com, Tv channel, French/German, you can watch an entire collection of interesting documentaries on their app or main site, everything is free. You can change the audio from French to German. Really good.

Tv5Monde.fr, French channel, free as well. This is good as well, they provide french lessons as well, grammar, listening comprehension, etc.

I think this is all, I'm not remembering other thing. But remember you don't need to use a large number of resources, just choose some of them and use those that suite you and that you like, because if you have too much it will get confusing and frustrating if you don't have the time to use them all, believe me, I passed trough this.

Here are some links for free books that are public domain. There are other sites where you can download Illegally, but you have to search for them on Google. ;D

http://www.ebooksgratuits.com/ Mostly french books.

http://www.loyalbooks.com/ French, Italian, Spanish, (Audio books and Pdf's)

https://librivox.org/ Audio books in French, Italian, Spanish, and more.

All the content I shared here with you is free, so you have nothing to worry about.

This is all I have, I hope it will help you.

I wish you good luck with your studies. =D

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LakerCat14

Very helpful to others as well! Merci!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

You are welcome!

I am happy I could help! ;)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

When I said that it's not good, I was referring that sometimes you might confuse one language with another.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Moony

Thank you xD I understood. No, seriously, this is awesome advice c: Thank you so much :)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

You are welcome! :D

Happy to help!

Flies away

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Well first, I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but you took 3 romance languages.

It is a good thing because the three languages are similar, so you will not have any trouble with the vocabulary and the grammar. But is is also bad thing because it is too similar. You will mixe everything up.

I have some tips for your learning experience : Watch TV shows in french (I have a website where there are american movie/shows with french subtitles, to expand your vocabulary). Read books. If you are a beginner maybe try children books. Newspaper, I have one in french as well : http://hitek.fr Change the language of your phone and computer (In spanish, italian or french).

Also, French is my first language, so I will be happy to help you with that, I am actually learning Japanese and Esperanto, so I know how it feels to learn more than one language.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Moony

Thank you so much! That sounds like an awesome idea c: I might attract some strange looks if I go to my library and ask for childrens books in French, Italian, and Spanish, but I'm going to try anyways c: Thank you so much for the help! French is your first language? You are amazing at English!! Probably better than most native English speakers here in the U.S. (Sighs, because of all the common slang, which I find bothersome)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanAJParry

In my humble opinion, you should focus on one language only until you have a very solid grasp of it. Then spread your wings to others. But look who's talking: I'm a mere B1 in Spanish and a puny A2 in Swedish, and I recently took on Portuguese!

But if you are going to learn more than one language, you just have to make sure you are disciplined. Set goals for EACH language and stick to those goals. Don't say, 'oh, I did some French today, so I can't be bothered doing Spanish'. Nuh-uh. Set goals, stick to them, work at it for years, learn. lol.

Hope that's hepful.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2

BryanAJParry , I agree with you. Its better to take on one language at a time till one has reached the desired fluency goals. Just doing one language regularly and progressing to the next level is a challenge so it is better to give undivided attention and nail it before moving on to the next language. It is also important to understand what is the goal of learning the language - is it learning a language for the sake of learning or there are other reasons, maybe to attend university in a different country, job prospects, personal reasons etc. That would give the necessary impetus. Thanks.

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanAJParry

Hi there, sandeepa2. I agree with your additional comments. Hopfully this is useful to _nox.

April 8, 2015
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