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    Default Is it wise to study 2 foreign languages at the same time?

    Hello,

    I have been self studying English for a couple of years and now a new challenge has come: to self study German. I studied both of them at school.
    Some people say it's too much to be effective. My contemporary opinion is:
    why not? Maybe my neural network in my head will grow dense.

    What is your opinion?

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    Default Re: Is it wise to study 2 foreign languages at the same time?

    When I was in college, I was taking a higher-level French class (because I had studied that in high school) and an entry-level German class. They were one after the other on my schedule. I couldn't do it. I walked into German thinking in French. I had to drop the French class so I could learn German.

    You may not have this problem.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is it wise to study 2 foreign languages at the same time?

    I would say go for it. If you are a good language learner (which on the evidence of your English, you are), then your learning strategies will probably reinforce each other. The exception would be two closely related languages, which could interfere with each other. English and German are of course related, but I don't think they are too similar in practice.

    And if you find it isn't working, you can always stop.

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    Default Re: Is it wise to study 2 foreign languages at the same time?

    It's a very personal thing. Some people can do it, others can't.

    Orangutan's advice seems to me to be sound.

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    Default Re: Is it wise to study 2 foreign languages at the same time?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's a very personal thing. Some people can do it, others can't.

    Orangutan's advice seems to me to be sound.
    In France, all secondary school students are obliged to take English and, from age 13, either Spanish or German as well. I tutored students in English (privately, not in a secondary school) for ten years in France and I found that most of them couldn't manage at all, especially the ones doing German. There were some, however, who managed very well and passed both in the Baccalaureate. I think it's a good idea to give it a try, if you are motivated and as good at languages as you seem to be.

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