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Languages - December 9th 2015, 02:36 AM

So... call me crazy, but I am obsessed with languages, linguistics, the psychology of language, etc. Because of this, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I want to learn as many languages as I can in my life. I have made a list of some languages that I would like to learn based on usefulness. Now I am fluent in both English and French, but I don't remember learning either language as English is my mother tongue and I learned French when I was five. A question for people who are bi/multilingual and remember learning the languages: how hard is it and how long does it take to learn a language? I mean, it's obviously not easy to learn a language, but how hard is it exactly and does being bilingual help with learning?
Basically, I have 5-7 languages that I would like to learn at some point and want to know if it is realistic.

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Re: Languages - December 11th 2015, 11:44 AM

Hey, I think it's cool you are so interested in languages and linguistics! I too find them to be fascinating

I'm not bi/multi lingual, but I have heard that those who have learnt more than one language from an earlier age, tend to pick up learning languages easier than those who haven't. I think this is because in many languages, words can sound/look similar, and they might follow similar rules. You'll be able to spot patterns more quickly, making learning languages slightly easier overall. I'm not sure how long it will take, but I would assume it would be a few years per language. Another thing that makes it slightly easier, is being able to immerse yourself in the language, particularly by travelling to that country.

I think 5 is definitely realistic for a lifetime. Maybe 6-7, but I've heard that some people struggle for fluency around that mark.

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Re: Languages - December 11th 2015, 12:11 PM

I am bilingual (Fluent in Dutch and English), it will help you with learning other languages (I had German and French at high school, two subjects I really liked). It will take some years perfecting a language though.

Also, if you want to learn a new language, I recommend you learn German or Spanish, I would say Dutch too, but it's grammar is pretty difficult.

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Re: Languages - December 12th 2015, 05:05 PM

Bilingual here, since I learned to talk haha .

I find it's much easier, especially if you're learning a language in the same language family as the one(s) you already know. For example, I was raised speaking both Dutch and English and I find it relatively easier to pick up on German when I'm trying to learn a new language. Unfortunately it never sticks lol! Short attention span.

On a side note, I think it's amazing that you have such drive to learn so many languages. Good for you and I wish you the best of luck, I'm sure you can do it!

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Re: Languages - December 12th 2015, 08:29 PM

Well, how long it will take to learn an other language and how hard it is really depends on the person. Like, if you are really motivated to learn the language (and I guess you are, since it's your own free will and not school forcing it down your troath) it is easier, or at least feels easier. Also some people have a better feeling for languages and thus learn easier. Since you already know two languages you should have a bit of a feeling for it and thus it should be a bit easier to learn it.
How long it takes depends a lot on how much time you sent learning. Like if you only learn half an hour twice a week it will take a lot longer than if you study ever day for twenty minutes. Your brain needs time and a lot of repetition to memories the vocabulary.

Also for starters, it would be easier to learn a language that's from the same familie as those you already know, like spanish, italian, german or portugese. They all rot in latin one way or the other, just like french and english and thus should be easier to learn than others.

You can make learning easier, if you find someone who speaks the language you want to learn and who is willing to practice it with you because it's a lot easier to learn a language if you can practice it, not just read and learn the words. Also it will do wonders for your pronounciation.

I think it's amazing that you want to learn all these languages and yeah, i hope you will be able to do it!
Good luck and if you ever want to practice your german with someone feel free to pm me^^ (that is, if you want to learn german. i don't know whats on your list^^)

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