Learning foreign languages

I've heard that once you learn a foreign language for the first time, it's easier for you to learn a second foreign language than for another person to learn a first one. Do you agree? What do you think; is it true or false? And what is your experience?

Jul 4, 2014 3:45 PM
Comments · 3

Definitely true for me!

 I am a native English speaker from Australia and our education system here doesn't really teach grammar very well.  So when I studied (properly) my first foreign language was was French, I had to really learn grammar properly and know concepts like auxilliary verbs, tenses, word genders (which doesn't really exist in English!), subjunctive etc etc.


And so when I decided to learn another language, German I didn't have to re-learn these concepts obviously and have found learning the second foreign language easier and quicker.




July 4, 2014

Adrian: I agree with you! Once you start learning a new language, you have to re-learn your own language's grammar too, because we usually just use the words in a certain order, without knowing why. And learning that well helps to understand another language.

Beatrice: I agree with you in that there are languages similar to others and that they're easier to learn. Althought I find it some times to be a contradiction in that you can easily use the words of your language in the other language confusing their meanings. E.g.: I can read Portugues because it's very similar to Spanish (my mother tongue) -speaking it is another thing... very difficult for me!- but I sometimes find words in Portugues that are the same as in Spanish but with very different meanings. That can be really tricky some times!

So I think it is easier because of the similiar grammar the two languages have, but it's more difficult if we think of the vocabulary. Don't you think?

July 5, 2014

HI! it's true, i agree with you, it's harder,  but i feel is a very clever idea to start studying a language similar to your, to continue, finally, step by step, finding connections (grammatical, cultural and so on). passion and curiosity is the way (:

for example, italians can study first spain or french, first. then, they can improve english till to discover german....
i hope my opinion will be useful for you, and no problem if you have problem! it's normal for all persons.
sorry for my bad english!





July 4, 2014