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learning two languages at the same time.

Is it a bad idea to learn french and spanish at the same time?...

Jan 16, 2015 7:40 AM
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It depends on your goal. If you want to learn two languages simultaneously, then it might be better to learn two unrelated languages (e.g. Spanish and Polish) than two incredibly similar languages. Early in the learning process, two closely related languages will likely be confused. Though learning two languages simultaneously is theoretically possible, your learning speed will be decreased considerably as compared to learning one language at a time. We all are language lovers here in the Italki forum. So much so that we see languages as a huge smorgasbord. However, even on a smorgasbord one can only sample a little at a time. Trying to digest too much at one time will certainly not sit well with us. Rather than dividing your time, it might be better for you to invest 100% of your time and efforts to one language at a time. Before closing, I will share an example. I have a friend who majored in French and Spanish in college. He received his degree but needless to say, his Spanish is atrocious (I can't comment on his French since I don't know it well enough to gage his level). In the end, if you want just a smattering of survival phrases, then studying them together might be just fine but if your goal is to reach fluency, then commiting to one language may be best. 

January 16, 2015

I think it may be confusing especially because you might get confused because those languages have some similarities.

I learnt French and then when my French was almost Fluent (I learned it from age 5) I began to learn Spanish,but even today many years later my French is much,much better than my Spanish.

January 16, 2015

I wanna try. But not sure if will mix them. I have read an article that it is possible. You can learn French in the morning and spanish in the evening. Cause these 2 languages are similar. Have you tried yet? Let me know how it works~

January 16, 2015

I think if you actually speak spanish you can start with french, because they are so similar. The problem with the spanish and french, it's the grammar because it's more difficult than english gramma.

If you are good at spanish I think you can do it with french!! Think about it as a challenge!!!

January 20, 2015

It depends on what you need from each language. If you need to speak and write it well (e.g. for business or school), you might want to learn one language first until you achieve a good level.

If you just want to watch TV and read fiction, you can learn them simultaneously but it will take a longer time to get fluent.

Personally, I like learning many languages at once, but I don't need them for business and I am not getting stressed over fluency and grammar.


In any case, be prepared to have one language interfering with the other, no matter how unrelated they are. Solid knowledge of a language doesn't prevent confusion, either. It all depends on which one you practice most, more often and with more enthousiasm.

January 17, 2015
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La Shaun
Language Skills
English, French, Spanish
Learning Language
French, Spanish