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I Want To Learn 2 Languages At Once - Any Secret Tips?

Sep 15, 2008
No! Anyone who has a deep interest in languages in general and has invested their time into really learning a language is going to want to move on to the next one before the first is truly learned (it can be an overwhelming impulse).

If you have a particular interest in languages in general, you may find it hard to concentrate on one at a time. You must make a decision though, as to whether you will study and commit to one language and become fluent, or will you try to pick up bits of a number of different languages instead. Be aware though, that this can lead you to not being able to speak much of anything at all!

You need to make a decision at the beginning. Are you wanting and willing to put in the time and effort that it takes to become fluent in a particular language? If so, set some targets. Allocate a certain number of hours per week for studying this language ONLY.

You can decide for yourself whether you want to become functionally fluent or simply to be able to hold a basic conversation. But focus on one language, take it to where you are happy, only then move to the next one.

It needs a lot of time and hard work to learn a new language. Even if you are smarter than average, have the best teaching program in the world, and are aiming to learn a fairly easy language (something not too far away from your mother tongue) it can still take hundreds of hours of study. If you think that you can just include a little bit of study on a different language here and there so that eventually you will know them all, think again, because you won't.

If your heart is set on learning a little bit of a few languages, then you need to find a method to optimise your learning potential.

Make yourself a promise once you have chosen your first new language, Spanish for example. Stick with it until you have reached your desired goal. There is no harm in buying a couple of grammar books for French and German, you can even do a couple of lessons for fun, but know in your own mind that it is only for fun until you have finished with the Spanish.

Don't get over excited and finish a whole book of german lessons when you are still only halfway through the Spanish course!

So no, generally speaking, learning two languages at the same time is usually not a good idea.
About the Author
About the Writer: Clare Innes has a number of health, fitness and lifestyle websites including one devoted to how to learn a new language . Look out for more of her lifestyle websites in the 'First For....com' series that is currently under development.
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