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Polyglot people on Duolingo

I am very impressed by people who are learning 9, 10, 11 or 12 languages at the same time with Duo. I mean, how do you guys do it?

(I am jealous) :)

July 8, 2015


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Did someone say polyglot?

By the way: If you see people like me that have all these languages by their name, it doesn't necessarily mean that that person if learning all of them. The only language I am actually leaning is German, though I do study Hungarian and Russian outside of Duolingo.

July 9, 2015


Well, at your profile I see that in most of the languages you are at level 2, which means that you just jumped into those languages and maybe you are not really into learning them. But, I see other people that have archived high levels for each one...

July 9, 2015


I'm juggling between 7 languages (5 that aren't taught here), and I think the most important thing is you have to love learning languages and have a strong why/motivation for continuing to do so.

July 9, 2015


Yea, I agree. But I still find it difficult, unless people study very different and not similar languages at the same time. For instance, learning three or more Latin languages at the same time, to me it seems a big challenge, because languages mix in your brain (well, at least in my brain). :)

July 9, 2015


I see, so you're more struggling on the techniques for learning multiple languages that are similar. What you need to learn is to compartmentalize or in other words keeping each languages separate in your brain. One of my ways is using method of loci, which I wrote about a few months ago https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6886768

Other ways to compartmentalize: - Change your tone of voice, accent and personality for each language you learn. When I speak Russian I act more macho, speak deeper and confident. When I speak Japanese I have a much softer voice and I'm much more polite - Where you practice each language can make a difference. Perhaps try practicing one language in one room of your house, and another language in another room. - Picture who you're talking to when you're practicing. When I'm practicing polish I try to only think about my polish friends. Why? It goes back to my first point. If you were going to give a speech to children, you would probably change your tone, vocabularies and body language.

Hope any of these tips helped :)

July 9, 2015


The Duolingo "levels" do not really say very much actually.

For example, I do a little bit on all the languages each day to maintain the trees as gold. Every now and again, I may add a few lessons to languages that I feel I've totally mastered the content in. This means that, while I may be "level 10" in a language, I only actually know about 50-100 words. But I probably do know them quite well. Doing that kind of review requires only 20-30mins every day.

Beyond that I try to concentrate on pushing only one language significantly every day. At the moment I'm working on German. Prior to that, I had rushed the end of my Spanish tree, and life outside Duolingo means that I've let my Spanish tree decay a bit, so trying to maintain those languages takes a lot longer. The fact that I'm having some technical difficulties with Safari on languages that don't use English as the base means that I'm not doing anything on all those trees at the moment until that problem gets fixed, as switching to Firefox just for those was taking time too.

So, if you want to do lots of languages, it's certainly possible, if you do them slowly and a bit every day.

July 9, 2015


It amazes me the number of languages some people know! I am focusing mostly on German but I dabble in French and Spanish, I cannot imagine seriously studying so many at once. Pretty incredible if you ask me.

July 9, 2015


I've always loved learning languages, it's pure joy for me ... one of the reasons I majored in linguistics back in college, and after missing it so long, jumped back on it. I've been doing two 200-point sessions per day, spread among all the Eng - natural language courses. I'm repeating a lot in Turkish and Irish, as they're both unfamiliar to me, and as such, don't "stick" as well. The other trick is keeping the 3 Scandinavian languages straight... but hey, it's all good times. As for similar languages, I remember in college taking Italian 2 at 8 am and French 6 at 9am one quarter. French 6 focused, on other things, on the use of "si" ... in French, you use "si" to answer "yes" to a negative question. That threw me for a loop.

"Monsieur, n'aimes-tu pas des frites?" "Si... err, oui. Non. SI! J'aime les frites."


July 10, 2015
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