Hello Gabriel, I wanted to ask if you have any advice or tips for people who want to learn two languages at the same time, thank you!
Gabriel: Well well well, two languages at the same time. That’s something I do somewhat often, I guess too often sometimes. I think that the most important thing is to not get overwhelmed. If we bite more than we can chew and we start getting overwhelmed in either language, then it’s just a shame because we’re probably gonna get discouraged and eventually give up.
Personally what I try to do have one main language that I am primarily focusing on and then one second language that I am putting maybe 30 percent of my time into and the main language about seventy percent of my time. That way I’m getting great progress in the first language, right, that I’m primarily focusing on but I’m still progressing enough in that second language.
What else? I like to “color-code” everything, as well so perhaps let’s say that, if I were to learn Spanish and Italian at the same time, what I would do is just maybe keep everything in Italian just green – all my notes… And everything in Spanish in red perhaps, that’s specially useful if the two languages that you’re trying to learn are similar otherwise it’s going to be really easy to make a lot of confusion and that’s not good.
But if the two languages that you’re learning a really far apart let’s say Chinese and Italian, chances are you’re not really going to be really mixing them up so if your first language is English which, and it sounds like it is let’s say that you’re trying to learn Chinese and Spanish I’d recommend that you put a bit more effort first into Spanish just so that you can get a good basis, get some good progress, because it’s closer to English especially if those are the two first languages that you’re learning, and then focus a bit more on Chinese, although Chinese is of course more challenging for anglophones (for people whose first language is English) anyway.
Some polyglots think it’s a terrible idea to learn two languages at the same time, I personally don’t mind I’m guilty of it… I do it… I try to tackle a couple of languages at a time. Personally I think that there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you’re progressing enough in both of them.
I find it really nice to have that one main language you’re focusing on and then the secondary one then sometimes as you progress more in one of them you can actually switch and make the second one your “main one” so for example let’s say that I’m learning Russian and Japanese let’s say that the language that I’m putting most effort in right now is Russian let’s say that 70 percent of my time or 80 percent of the time I’m studying a language I’m studying Russian and the rest of the time I’m focusing on Japanese.
Let’s say that I made a lot of progress in Russian once I feel that I have progressed enough in Russian what I can do is essentially switch start putting more effort into Japanese and study Russian in the “background” I think that can be really successful. But the most important remember is to not get overwhelmed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed maybe just start focusing entirely on just one language at a time so you can progress more, then come back to trying to juggle both of them later. I hope this helps and good luck!