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Guide How To Learn Various Languages Simultaneously

In: How to August 9th, 2016

If you know foreign languages, many roads can be opened in front of you. Nowadays, the knowledge of foreign languages is a skill, according to which, you can find high-paid job. In addition, it is much easier to travel and to communicate with other people.

Learning several languages simultaneously, according to Wikipedia, is quite simple if you are doing this correctly. However, you do not need to rush out and buy a stack of teach-yourself books on different languages. The conventional view states that the study of two foreign languages ​​inevitably leads to confusion, and the emergence of "nonsense" in the head, but from our own experience and the experience of many professional philologists, we can say with certainty that it is not like that. In order to learn at least two languages simultaneously, you should meet the following rules:

  1. At least one of the studied language should not be lower than the average level of knowledge. You can learn both languages ​​from scratch, but in that case the problem will be more complicated, and the method loses its effectiveness. It is better to learn one language to the average level first, and then move on to the next item.

  2. Use reference materials to translate from language #1 to language #2, or simply use explanatory dictionaries without translation with extended explanation. Any teaching and learning materials, books, podcasts and so on, will be very helpful.

  3. Divide your studying time into fast and slow phases. During the fast phase, try to minimize the usage of the native language. Dive into the atmosphere of the language you learn. If you are learning the bunch “German-Chinese”, you should learn information about Chinese in German. Read resources in German language and use the methods offered by German speaking authors. Very soon you will notice that German becomes more and more familiar to you. Many phrases and set expressions you can remember easily, without any "memorization", simply by means of meeting them in the text over and over again. During the slow phase you should continue to study the scheme described above, just doing it not so intensively. Otherwise, the process of learning may become disgusted with you and this will inevitably lead to a loss of motivation and the development of depression. After all, we can easily and simply do only those things that bring us joy and pleasure.

  4. Forget about the stereotype about the fact that it is better to learn languages of one group. The most important thing is to learn languages you are interested in. Only this will help you to preserve the “fuse”, in order to achieve an acceptable level.

  5. Pay from half an hour (during the slow phase) and up to 3-4 hours (the fast phase) per day, when studying foreign languages. This condition must be met both on weekdays and weekends.

It should be noted that the movement will occur abruptly. This is normal. The purpose of the fast phase is a quick accumulation of lexicon, vocabulary, while the slow phase is meant to consolidate learning and prepare you for the next "jump". This method makes it possible not only to learn several languages simultaneously, but also to keep them in you mind, making it impossible to forget none of them. Everything is in your hands and there is nothing impossible, so do not worry, and start learning foreign languages right now!