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Decide on Your Language Learning Goals

Decide on Your Language Learning Goals

Do you want to be able to speak, write, and read in the language, or only be able to do one of these things?

Your goals will play a role in how you approach your learning, the resources you use, and how much time you allocate.

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Motivation Matters ‍

Motivation Matters ‍

Someone who’s passionate about learning languages or learns a language to gain a greater cultural understanding is far more likely to achieve their goals than someone who learns a language for the sake of it i.e. because it’s cool.

So, take note of your motivations, make su...

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Create a Schedule

Create a schedule in your calendar and block out time slots for the language. Because you’ll be alternating between them, it’s important to study daily to keep the languages fresh in your mind.

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Set Realistic Deadlines

Make sure your deadline are realistic and in line with the fact that you’ll be learning multiple languages at once.

There are people who set unrealistic deadlines like learning a language in two weeks. The problem is: it becomes disheartening when you don’t achiev...

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Choose High-Quality Resources

The time pressure you’ll be under means you must pay attention to your resources. Carefully select resources aligned with your learning method and learning goals.

One of the best ways to learn any new language is through immersion. Immersion is great because the more you practice in real li...

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Choose one Easier Language ‍

Choose one Easier Language ‍

To make things easier and prevent the chance of burn-out, we recommend picking at least one easier language.

Luca Lamprariello of Polyglot Dream recommends allocating 70-80% of your time to the d...

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Practice Patience

Learning multiple languages won’t happen overnight.

Take solace in the fact that you’ll be taking smalls steps to achieving your language learning goals. Over time these wil...

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Make It Fun ‍

Make It Fun ‍

Make it fun by using language learning apps, reading children’s books, and conversing with people on the street.

Also, read about topics you’re interested in. If you enjoy music, read about music in the foreign languages. If you enjoy fantasy books, why not grab a fantasy book in the targe...

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Manage Your Time

Manage Your Time

Your time management is imperative if you’re learning multiple languages at once.

You will need to schedule your time to cater for both languages and account for a longer learning curve.

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Choose Languages That Are Different

Choose Languages That Are Different

It may seem logical to learn two languages that are similar because the overlap will make language learning easier. But it is this very overlap that can cause confusion - where you mix up words and grammar.

When studying a new language it’s this confusion factor we want to minimize. For exa...

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Make One Language a Priority

No doubt, you’re learning multiple languages at once because you enjoy the challenge.

But if you start and you’re not 100% sure that you'll follow through, consider making one language a priority .

If ...

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Choose Your Learning method ‍

Language learning requires that you understand how you learn best as this will improve your productivity.

Now that you want to learn two languages simultaneously, the efficient use of time becomes even more important.

So, how do you learn best? Is it with visual, writing, audio, or ...

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