Learning several languages at the same time may seem like an arduous task, but not impossible. To make your task easier and to optimize your learning, we bring you a range of useful tips.
We live in a multicultural and globalized era that increasingly demands knowledge of several languages when traveling, betting on labor mobility -there are more and more digital freelances and nomads- and having more skills around future job interviews . At present, the languages most demanded by companies are English, German and French.
To learn several languages at the same time you have numerous resources at your disposal, from free online platforms such as Busuu or Hello Talk to specialized applications such as Duolingo, Babbel or Memrise, YouTube channels, specialized blogs and tutorials, MOOCs and free online courses or web pages full of free and digital training material.
In order to throw a cable in the practical field and not miss your purpose of learning two or more languages at once, do not miss the next battery of tips.
5 tips to learn several languages at the same time
- If possible, learn languages from different families: If you are learning Catalan and Italian at the same time, or Portuguese and French, you could suffer the problem of linguistic interference, mixing words or grammars. If you are studying languages of the same family, try to use each language with very different material and taking breaks between the study of one and the other. It is recommended that the languages vary in difficulty-for example, one similar to your mother tongue as another Romance language and another totally different language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
- Prioritize one of the languages: Dedicating more time and attention to one of the languages is essential, since in this way you can establish several different work rhythms, dedicate one more immersive experiences – such as series, movies, conversations with natives or podcast- and stick to a schedule, managing time better and assigning more to the priority language -which should be the one that most urges you, that most applies to your work environment and future prospects-.
- Translate the languages between them: A very useful active learning tactic is to translate fragments of the languages together. You can work with material such as cards, vocabulary cards, hobbies or interactive games and memorization, as well as playing to have a different personality in each language, working different modes of expression.
- Do not forget fun: To avoid being overwhelmed, bored or fall into frustration, adding a fun perspective to learning is elementary, from watching famous television programs in other languages to attending talks, exchanging knowledge with other people, buying comics or devouring novels of difficulty adapted to your level.
- Integrate languages in your daily routine: It is essential to be consistent, dedicating at least fifteen minutes a day to each language, taking specialized apps on your mobile phone, with a calendar with milestones and respecting the learning discipline. Do not forget to have small rewards to celebrate your progress.