https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaPhi12

Two languages at once?

I'm not even close to fluent in French yet, but I was thinking of taking on Spanish in addition to French. To anyone who has or is learning two languages at once, do you find it confusing? Do you get the languages mixed up? That's my main concern and the only reason I haven't yet started Spanish, but it would be very beneficial to me at work as I deal with a good bit of Spanish-speaking customers and I'd rather not have to use an interpreter every time.

July 7, 2015

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/magdmaj

I may be crazy but I'm learning Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French simultaneously. Yes, sometimes I catch myself inserting Italian word into conversation with a Spanish speaker but I find it enjoyable and challenging to give it a try and get quite a few laughs when I make mistakes. It's fun to learn of the cultures of countries that speak the above and that's why I took this approach. I try to stick to focus on one language a day and then maybe review the old skills I gained in others to keep up the skills but mixing up the routine has been fun, too. I think if you're learning languages for pleasure, that approach is OK, if you're learning for work and want to learn quickly, then I'd stick to one and get yourself completely immersed in it.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

I am doing the same thing - although I have finished Spanish and about to finish my French. I will be doing French for spanish speakers to refresh both languages. I find it fun as I am only learning for pleasure, so why not!

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/magdmaj

I love the idea of taking French for Spanish speakers- that's a challenge and opportunity for practice. I guess we're in the same boat :) Let's keep in touch!

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

Okey dokey, sounds good!

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz

Learning two or more languages at once helps with boredom.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

When I was about halfway through in my Spanish tree, I started doing French. In my opinion I don't think it's confusing at all. Spanish and French are so alike that it just made it very easy to remember both. But it is better to have some experience in one of the languages at least. Any help? Tell me if you plan to do it. :)

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaPhi12

Thanks! According to Duolingo, I'm 40% fluent in French. I'm not so sure about that lol, but we will see. I may try to get a little further in French before taking on Spanish. I am finding myself understanding more and more Spanish though, I guess because I hear it so much.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

That's Awesome! Well, Good Luck in Learning!! :D

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Once had finished my French tree (but wasn't, and still am not, in any way fluent in French), I did the Spanish for French speakers tree. It was a great way to learn Spanish and practice French, while both comparing and contrasting them. I think I would have mixed them up more, had I done the Spanish for English speakers tree instead.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

I was doing French and Spanish together for a while and kept mixing up ella and elle. I stopped and just started taking up Spanish again - and I made the same mistake :( I am going to keep going this time, though, because I think that's the only part that will confuse me. When I do Spanish and get a sentence like "Yo bebo" my fingers automatically want to type "You bebo." My advice is to give it a try and see what you think. It's an individual kind of thing. Best of luck to you.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NicknameK

People advise most of the times that you learn languages from a different family so that you don't mix them up. Spanish and French are in the same family (Romance languages)

I once started Dutch while I was learning German, but I immediately dropped it by the time I caught myself mixing up words.

Now I improve my german (I have a C1, my level here does not represent it) and learn French (since it's closer to english rather than german). I've also started turkish, but dropped it because I found it difficult but I may restart it sometime. Now I 've just started with norwegian, which is close to english and german so I ll see how it goes. I've read that Norwegian is closer to english and Swedish closer to german, so I chose Norwegian for now. We'll see!

To conclude, Duolingo offers many languages, so my advise would be to learn an other language than Spanish. It all depends though on your fluency level on french/spanish. Good luck! :)

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien

I'm probably about half fluent in Spanish and I used to be about half fluent in French, but I'm very rusty right now and my grammar is a trainwreck.

My Spanish is a lot better than my French, but I speak French better than Spanish (my family understands it so I was always able to use it at home a bit), so there are a few strange cases where if I'm trying to speak Spanish, I'll still accidentally toss in a French word. There's really only one situation where I've noticed that, though (using "entender" instead of "oír" to say "to hear" because of French "entendre"). It's not really a matter of confusion because I know which one is which, but my tongue does like to slip on it because of French anyway.

I will also sometimes accidentally switch between one and the other, though that usually only happens if I'm talking to someone in French and the topic of Spanish comes up, or vice versa. However, after a full year of ignoring French in favor of Spanish, I've been pleasantly surprised to learn that I can still speak it with about the same facility as I used to be able to, so it's not all bad.

If you're confident that you know your French well enough, then I'd say go for it. It's really worth the weird challenges to have them both.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Frenish_Eng.Tr

Im studing two language French and Spanish. Loads of vocabulary are same in english or each other. And the structure are similar. I like it. And We will see.

The most important thing is review frequently otherwise you will lost.

Ça va Ça vient.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolemarie13n

Take one at a time, it´s better. I speak spanish and english, im learning to speak french. you can do it!! don´t give up on this!!

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I did the Spanish tree before focusing on the French tree. Now, I'm maintaining both. Although I get them a bit mixed up at times, it's not too bad. Except for mostly typos/spelling in French, it has not been confusing for me. Others find it too difficult. You could always try it and see for yourself.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaagii

I have studied dozens of languages over the years and while I have never been truly fluent in any other than my native English, I have certainly reached a good conversational level in several. If I am having trouble with a language, I found the best possible thing is to start studying another: Somehow, it makes the previous much easier.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alidun

I think it helps if the two languages are very different; I'm currently learning French (here on Duo) and Japanese (elsewhere), and since they have very very little in common I'm not having any trouble focusing on both of them at the same time. With French and Spanish, you might find that you mix them up because they're quite similar.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/janonwhidbey

Where are you doing Japanese? I have studied Japanese in a class some years ago but have forgotten most of it and wouldnlike to get it back. I keep waiting for Duolingo to come up with Japanese but it hasn't arrived yet.

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alidun

Wanikani, Memrise, Textfugu and http://delvinlanguage.com/ :) がんばって!

July 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Feeniqs

Don't worry. It actually just depends upon you, really. I'm learning four languages, for instance. And no, they're not confusing.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ratakoolta

I'm doing Germán and italian at the same time and there is not confusion nor mixing up. You can do it. Just set goals in one anguage so you can shift to the other and so. Learn spanish, todo el mundo lo esta haciendo!

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Silmendil

I'm doing 5 languages at the same time and if you concentrate enough there shouldn't be a problem.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sofianesp

I am in the same situation. I want to learn spanish at the same time than french. But, according to duolingo i'm just 20% fluent in french. So I think I'll wait until I have more french skills.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/greatlanguages

I would concentrate on learning French first. Finish the tree at least once and then start Spanish. That is what I have done. It is actually quite fun to do two languages at once. I can literally feel my brain shift when I switch languages and it makes you really think in whatever language you are currently working on. When I switch to the other language, I intentionally read a few of the words in the upcoming lesson so that I get my head into the language. Next I look forward to doing French to English or French to Spanish - once I have gotten to level 25.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Stacia.Mintner

I'm taking Spanish and French at the same time. I think it's helping my ear in hearing the individual sounds, and a lot of the words are similar

July 8, 2015

[deactivated user]

    I'm learning Swedish and German at the same time. So far I personally don't find it confusing, but I am aware of the fact that the confusion might start to show in the near future as I go up to higher levels. So I put my main learning efforts on Swedish, focusing on gaining as much as possible. For German, instead of caring how much progress I make, my focus on it would be reviewing what I've learnt so far over and over again. If I feel confident enough, I would step forward in my German tree,if not, just keep smashing that review button.

    July 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/TonyaCompton

    I started studying French when I started using this site but I became frustrated at level 9 so I switched over to Spanish because I remembered learning some Spanish words and phrases from people I used to work with years ago. It gave me confidence because I was a little familiar with it, and I progressed fairly well by my standards anyway. Get a good grasp of one and if you become bored or start to feel ineffective switch over to the other renew/invigorate your interest. Study a lot and you will succeed!

    July 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/AverySage

    Getting to know French first is a good idea so you'll see the two languages separately. If you learned them at the same level simultaneously, then your brain could mix the two up. As French and Spanish are both Romance languages, the similarities in vocabulary can get confusing. But as long as you have a decent knowledge of French beforehand, it's totally doable! I find that once you learn one language and grasp the grammatical aspects, learning others become much easier! That's a positive of learning two Romance languages: the grammatical structures are the same, but with different words and slight variations. So it depends on if you think this information would impact you personally positively or negatively, as everyone learns differently. From my experience, French and Spanish vocabulary are different enough to not get mixed up too easily, so as long as you stay focused, I totally think you can do it! Good luck!

    July 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/POpanky

    I'm very muixed up with my Turkish and Swedish words

    July 7, 2015
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