No one needs to be convinced anymore that learning a foreign language is one of the best investments. Nowadays we are eager to polish not only English, but also other languages. Some may wonder whether it is worth learning two foreign languages at the same time.
Already learning one foreign language can be a big challenge, but what if we wanted to learn at least two, and at the same time? Certainly, many people wonder whether learning such a large amount of material at the same time will be successful. It turns out that yes! However, it is necessary to prepare for it properly.
Can we learn two foreign languages at the same time?
Yes, we can learn two foreign languages at the same time, and we can do it both at school age and in adulthood. Our brain has been adapted to absorb knowledge from different fields at the same time. In everyday life, we often take on many new challenges. Learning foreign languages is simply another one of them.
The decision to learn two foreign languages at the same time can be dictated by various necessities. Sometimes it is a requirement in our work, other times we want to make international contacts or intend to travel a lot. Sometimes we are driven by our own ambitions and desires for comprehensive development. Any reason is good to learn foreign languages. We just have to be careful not to fall into the traps of such learning.
Learning goal and plan
Okay, then we already know that we can learn (and successfully learn) two foreign languages at the same time. So where should we start our learning? First of all, let’s avoid chaotic activities. We need a concrete plan that will help us keep our learning in check, which must not resemble sudden spurts.
At the beginning, let’s set goals. Let’s think about why we want to learn two foreign languages and why we intend to do it at the same time. Let’s remember that this kind of challenge requires us to be persistent and consistent in our actions, as well as patient, as the results will not appear overnight. Let’s take a look at our motivation to make sure we don’t abandon learning after a few days, discouraged by the lack of visible progress. Let’s also think about how long we would like to achieve a particular level of language proficiency.
Once we have precisely defined our goals, it will be easier to create an action plan, without which we should not even start learning. Let’s choose fixed days of the week and times of the day to dedicate to learning. A good solution is to sign up for classes at a language school. This is often a strong enough motivation to learn, especially when it involves high fees. We can also attend individual tutoring. However, nothing prevents you from learning on your own, at home. In this case, it is important to set a specific time to study, which will allow you to form a habit.
In learning, regularity is much more important than the amount of material absorbed. It’s better to study even several times a week for 15 or 30 minutes at a time than to spend several hours in a row over books once every two weeks. If you are learning two languages at the same time, try to devote the same amount of time to each. Let’s not favor one language because the other will seem more difficult, which will make us lose motivation. Let’s also make sure we have daily contact with the languages we are learning. We can use apps, read articles on foreign portals or watch videos with subtitles.
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