Learning two languages?

Hello , my name is Ana, I have a question : Do you think it’s possible learn two languages at the same time? it’s recommendable? Now I am using Lingq to study English, and I like learn Italian too.

I’m learning 4. I won’t recommend anything to anyone - I only know what works for me.

Hello Ana! I would recommend you to give it a chance. If you feel, you can’t cope with 2 languages at the same time, then focus at first on English (as you do it now) and start with Italian as soon as you achieve - let’s say - the B2 or maybe the C1 level in English.
Usually, it takes less time to refresh a known language than to learn a new language from scratch. But everyone has to find his/her own way, which is best for him or her. Good luck!

Thank you for your response,.
Do you know , where I can get free English test that determines the level?

Happy new year !!!

Well, actually I mean the evaluation you get by Lingq. I know, that they don’t exactly correspond to your real level. But when you’ve already achieved the Advanced I or II level, you won’t certainly be still a beginner.

There are some websites, which offer free tests:

e.g. http://www.ilh.com/tests/ilh-self-assessment-english-evaluation-test/


But I can’t imagine, that they are very reliable.

I think it depends on how much time you have/willing to spend learning. I assume your aim is to speak and understand both languages to a high level? If this is the case then because you are learning two languages at once, the rate at which you learn each language will be slower because your brain is absorbing both.

I’m studying 4 languages and I have no doubt that I learn them quicker than some people learn just 1 language. So, there are many factors to it all.

Until a few weeks ago, I was working on two languages at once, but I found it was causing me some confusion. Not often, but sometimes, if I couldn’t think of a word in language A, I would just get that word from language B stuck in my head and vice versa. I’m sure you can do it if it works for you (it obviously works for lmyirtseshem), it might be worth doing a trial period with both and seeing how you get on.

I’ve heard from some people that it helps if you have a break of 30-60 minutes between languages to avoid this, so you could do x minutes of English, rest for an hour, then x minutes of Italian, or English in the morning, Italian in the evening, whichever works for you. This helped the issue I was having somewhat, but since then, for other reasons I decided to drop one of my languages and just focus on the other.

I’ve heard of this problem but I’ve never experienced it personally. For some reason, I’m able to put the different languages into compartments in my head and they don’t get mixed because of this. Still, I try to avoid it by first doing Dutch, then some Hindi, followed by French then Yiddish. This just strengthens the compartmentalising.

Mind you, Imyirtseshem, you said yourself that you haven’t spoken Dutch (or perhaps any of the other languages), so you can’t really know if you’ll have this problem until you start speaking.

Of course, I’ve never spoken Dutch to anybody else. I do speak it to myself though! :smiley: When I do that, I don’t insert Yiddish words or anything.