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Learning two and more languages

Some of italki members learn two and more languages judging by them profiles. And I have a question to them.
Isn't learning one of foreign language interferes with one another?

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It sort of depends, it's probably a bad idea to start learning two languages from the same family. However, if they're not really related, you should be OK. Sometimes after I practise German and go straight to speaking in Portuguese, I get confused with word order and stuff (but never the other way round). It's a bit weird, but it doesn't last long and it's not really a major problem. And if you know a language well, learning another one from the same family will be made a little easier due to shared vocab, similarities in grammar etc.

I think you can learn two and more language at the same time if you can do separate them. Myself I learn many languages at the same time and as it looks now it isn't a problem. I would say that it depends on person.

I really think it's hard to learn 2 or 3 languages at the same time especially if the learner is not living in the language enviroment "i mean with native speakers of the target language ".

 

The brain is the most amazing and mysterious biological machine ever created in all the universe.

I tried to learn Japanes and korean before at the same time.. For me it doesn't conflict or intefere.. I don't mixed words. The only problem I have I can't give same attention to both. I am more focus on korean language than Japanese.

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It doesn't interfere at all.. the ideal would be to learn only one subject in school all year.. I had 4 languages in University and I know that not everyone can take it.. yes I said University.. not highschool. Now learning 2 languages at same time that is basic.

from my personal view yes it does interfere, it's better to concentrate on one ;) 

No, it has never really caused me any problems. If anything it has only helped.

 

You're right. I'm studying French at school and learning Japanese on my own. When I try to remember a specific word in French, the Japanese word comes to my mind firstly. Although French and Japanese don't have any similarities at all! But I don't think it's a big problem if you want to study more than one language at the same time. 

I speak three languages and now am learning a fourth. All of my additional anguages I learned as an adult. In my experience, having already mastered a second language made it easier to learn another language in that language family (my native language is English). But ifyou haven't mastered the second anguage yet it might get mixed up in your mind with a third.

I first learned French and then Spanish. My French was solid enough that when I focused on Spanish that the French background helped rather than got in the way. Maybe that is partly becaue they share language roots. Now my Spanish is far more solid than French as I've been living in Mexico. However, when I return to work on French the Spanish only helps.

Now, beginning with Chinese Mandarin, I find it easier to learn the verbal part than any of the previous ones. I think that's because you brain has already formed additional anguage pathways...so it's actually less arduous in some ways as you add languages. Where I am having difficulty is with the writing...of course. That's because of the nature of the script is so different and much more extensive (and I am getting older!!! The memory becomes more of a challenge!).

I would say that if you are having two languages getting mixed up, maybe try to master one first and then turn to the other. 

It is of note that babies can learn any number of languages they are exposed to (listening and also having one to one interaction in conversation - yes baby sounds count as their part of the conversation!) THey will 'record' and integrate understanding and perfect pronounciation of each language without mixing them up. The brain is truly amazing! This begins to close up in stages...9 months, 2 yrs, 4 yrs then 8 yrs - as the hard wiring is established. 

 

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