Rotating Language Learning

Is anyone doing this at the moment?

For example 1 day you spend 2 hours learning spanish the next day studying German for 2 hours then repeat?

Or 1 hour for Spanish a day then 1 hour for German?

Interested to read your replies

I think this might be a good method to even out languages you want to learn.

If I were learning two languages I’d rather choose my target language and spend most of my language learning time on it, of course, spending 20-30% percents on the second one. To be honest, I’ve never tried to learn two or more languages at the same time, though I assume that I’ll start learning the Spanish language somewhen.)

I have never really enjoyed rotating languages in this way. I find it quite nice to rotate what I am doing in the language, with respect to the other languages. So if I am learning German, French and Portuguese (learning/improving slowly etc), I could have a month or so where I have the following daily habits:

German (watch TV)
French (read novels)
Portuguese (read non-fiction, and speak more)

After I get bored of a certain thing, I can now change what the main task for that language is :slight_smile:
This is the kind of thing I like doing, you might find it useful too :slight_smile:

I’d be really interested if anybody has any ideas about establishing a self study routine for language learning? There are lots of different parts to learning a language: verbs, grammar, vocab, listening, reading, writing, speaking etccc… does anyone have any tips on how to create some sort of plan or routine to tackle each of these areas? (I study German and Spanish at University) Thank you! xx

Honestly? I just read and listen here on Lingq and that is basically my only activity until I am more comfortable in a language. Then I read on my kindle whenever I feel like and listen to some podcast on my way to shop etc. I wouldn’t worry about learning vocab if you are using Lingq, and as for grammar it depends on you, if something interests you then I suggest seeking the answer, but to study it? That’s boring, at least for me. Best of luck!

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I would watch some of Steve Kaufmann’s Youtube videos (he is the founder of this site). A nice place to start would be his “Steves summer sessions”, where he covers the main questions about language learning in 5 videos :slight_smile:

great, thank you!

I’ve just watched the first video; they look really helpful!

As for rotating languages I do not do it and it does not appeal to me much. But depending on time and wish I sometimes spend time with 2-3 languages but improving them not learning from scratch. Some days it can be only French, others also Spanish, Italian or English, It really depends, I do not have a fix scheme but at least every day I try to do some lessons in one language on lingq, For other language it can be watching tv, this is mostly Italian or reading a book or an article in newspapers,

Sort of. Every day I study Korean for about 8 hrs. Every other day I maintain 1 of 6 other languages for about 2 hrs.

This seems relevant to what I am currently doing.
I am maintaining 3 languages, reviving one slowly, and learning a new one.

I spend 10-15 minutes reading/listening and 5 minutes reviewing phrases in the ones I’m maintaining/slowly improving.
The one I’m trying to revive/bring back up to a formal level I try to blast through content, lingQing as much as I can in 15 minutes.
For the one I’m learning, I spend 1 hour reading/listening/lingQing.

I’ve tried rotations on a WEEKLY basis (such as, one week Spanish, next week French, etc) but those I rarely feel like I improved in that short time.

For the first half of the year I was rotating on a MONTHLY basis (still maintaining the language I wasn’t doing by only doing 10 minutes a day or watching a video/listening to music in the language). This seemed to work pretty well, but the more languages you acquire, the least effective this method feels.

My personal opinion, it is better to spend time on each language each day. Learning more than one language at a time can be done, and I’ve done it. It just takes dedicated and separated time each day (1 hour morning for Spanish, 1 hour evening German).

I’ve lost too much motivation doing weekly/daily rotation and ending up losing languages, and burnout is higher when learning more than one language just an FYI.

I studied two languages at uni myself, and the only studying I did outside of class for my languages was LingQ. I just read/listened to the languages for an hour or two, watched videos and that was enough to put me ahead of everyone else in the class.

Watching Polyglots videos can offer insight into their routines, or general ideology of language learning.

Good luck.

Hi again everybody :slight_smile: Was just wondering if anyone could please recommend to me a website/dictionary for Spanish and German, where it tells you a synonym of the same word but in both informal and formal contexts.

For example: if I wanted to look up what “to die” was in Spanish (morir), and then it would hopefully also say that a synonym in a formal context would be “fallecer”. I have tried Wordref but this doesn’t always say what the register is of the word.

Hope that makes sense! x

you can use

ah you know wordreference so other I do not know

You can learn by yourself. But if you have the environment, learning foreign languages will be more convenient.

That’s great for the synonyms but it doesn’t seem to tell me what the register of the synonyms is :confused: xx