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Two Romance Languages At Once?

For those who are simultaneously studying two or more similar languages (e.g., Spanish & Portuguese, Spanish & Italian), I am wondering if you are finding it productive to do this or if you would recommend becoming more advanced with one before starting the other. (I am halfway through Spanish and just started Italian).

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Of course you mix somethings up, but that you will do even if you know one of them good before starting with the other, so you could likewise start two, or more, at the same time.

More importantly it helps a lot, because your brain conect the languages helping you both understand and learn the languages a lot quicker, and deeper, than otherwise. It's effective, and it is also fun, wich help even more.

I strongly recommend learning many languages at the same time, especially languages in the same linguistic subgroups.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
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Personally, I have had a lot of fun with learning two Romance languages at a time. In the beginning i was mixing them up, but with more practice afterwards, it became easy to distinguish between them.

Good luck!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daviddempsay
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Maybe it would help to choose two Romance languages that are as distinctive from each other as possible. How about learning Portuguese and Romanian simultaneously?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasmineP.1

I started both Italian and Spanish at the same time (having some prior exposure to the Spanish language.) I found that I learned more Spanish if I focused on that alone. Productivity wise (for myself) focusing on one language at a time works best. However different things work for different people, and once I advance a bit more in Spanish I may try Italian again. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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I think it can be tricky... but it's workable, definitely. I'm learning three Romance languages, but am at very different levels with each of them - fluent/highly advanced in Spanish, intermediate in Portuguese and bare beginner in French. This means that the learning activities I engage in are quite different for each one. My main problem is verb conjugation and prepositions, this is where I get the most "interference". General vocab, and keeping it separate in my head, is fine. On the whole, I feel that the synergies outweigh the interference/confusion factor.

I think you should just see how you go and if it's not working for you, then put one of the languages on hold and pick it up again in a year or so, once you've managed to consolidate your primary target language some more. You'll get there in the end.

The people who are saying (not on this thread, but I've heard this) that you should never learn two Romance languages at the same time - well, that's just rubbish. Lots of people do it and succeed. But you've got to pace yourself, and maybe being at the beginner level with several is not ideal.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Some people recommend keeping them separate in your brain by studying one then studying the other one for speakers of the first one. For example, taking Spanish for English speakers then Portuguese for Spanish speakers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Wait till you are at the second checkpoint, at least, then ladder the languages - learning Italian or Portuguese or French through Spanish, for example. It really strengthens both languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1848emilyb
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I've found it helpful but I already knew spanish prior to starting my studies of other romance languages.

3 years ago