Dangerous learning multiple languages at the same time?

I have been learning PHP for a few months now and I'd also like to learn JavaScript as I think they would make a good set of languages together for the type of projects that I like to do.But is it wise to learn two languages at the same time? What are your experiences with this, do you get the syntax of each language mixed up with each other.To add onto the question, how many languages do you know?...Read more

Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

I am presently learning Danish, but will soon move to Norway. The languages are very similar, to the level that I can read both without ever having studied Norwegian. Norwegian pronunciation is likely to be easier to me than Danish one.What kind of interference between the languages should I expect?I am specifically interested in studies on what kinds of interference from Danish I will likely face, and how it will affect my learning of Norwegian....Read more

multiple languages - How can I stop myself from pronouncing abbreviations and numbers in an L2 in my L1?

(The question title is clumsy. Any help to improve it is appreciated.)When reading a text in English, occasionally I will meet a symbol. I of course know how to speak that symbol in English, but most of the time I pronounce it as it is in my native language. It can be symbols (!@#$%^&*), letters and abbreviations (WTO, HIV) or numbers. The only exception is when the symbol only has one digit or character (1, 2, 3 or A, B, C) or in a well-known structure that I have got used to pronounce it in English (the United Nation is not abbreviated as...Read more

multiple languages - Is L2 fluency retention better than L1 fluency retention?

One of my friends grew up with his family in a Spanish-speaking country (for ~10 or so years), knowing/learning both Spanish and English, but he and his family have since moved to the United States, and started using English almost exclusively. His Spanish has since gotten a little rusty. His parents, on the other hand, learned Spanish as a second language, and have not found their skills deteriorating much despite their lack of use. (As far as I know, and for the sake of the question, both him and his parents had very similar levels of fluency...Read more

Which Austronesian language is simplest to pick up?

I am thinking of experimenting and trying to learn an Austronesian language that my school offers. I have the option of:HawaiianMaoriTahitianTonganSamoanIlokanoChamorroWhich one is the easiest to pick up and start understanding for a fluent English speaker, who also knows some Chinese?I also plan on taking Indonesian in addition to one of these languages. I am planning to take Indonesian because it is recommended that you take a second Asian language in the Asian Studies program I am in and I would like to work possibly in that part of SE Asia....Read more

Is there any vocabularies or best practices for a technical support how to communicate in multiple languages?

I am a technical support engineer.My mother tongue is not English, I still write and speak with a lot of mistakes, constantly improving my English skill, please do not judge me strictly ;)In my job I have to communicate with people around the world from Alaska to New Zealand and not all of them speak English clear and fluently. Sometimes it's really hard to understand them, sometimes it's just impossible. Even they think they speak English very clear and without mistakes, but it's not (unfortunately).I decided to start learn another languages i...Read more

motivation - From an economic point of view, what are the most important foreign languages to learn for Germans?

Discussions about which foreign languages to learn are often based on the number of native speakers a language has. However, on the job market, what languages look good on a CV is determined by other factors, especially,the economic relationships between your country and the countries where the target language is spoken,the scarcity of other applicants who can use those languages on a professional level.For Germans, English is presumably the most important foreign language, i.e. the one that is most often expected on a CV. However, after Englis...Read more

How to maintain three foreign languages (polyglot)?

For the sake of this question, assume that you have reached CEFR level B2 (basic fluency) or higher in four languages (one of which is your L1). What sort of daily/weekly techniques and time commitments are needed to maintain your three foreign languages at a minimum of B2 for the rest of your life? Let's assume that you speak only L1 at home and at work and that your foreign languages are unrelated (e.g., Arabic, Mandarin, German)....Read more

interference - How can I deal with previously learned languages' vocabulary confusing me when I am learning a new language?

This is a question from the Language Learning subreddit: So I took German for one year in my third year of university and I was so into it. 4 years later and I'm still constructing sentences in my head and trying to talk to myself in German unintentionally. My problem is it's getting in the way of learning my new target language. Do you guys ever have old target languages creeping up on you? How do you deal with it?Are there any ways to prevent languages you've learned in the past from interfering with a language you're learning now? For ...Read more

Can learning Spanish and French simultaneously improve your knowledge in both languages?

I'm currently learning Spanish in school while learning French in school. I've noticed that the vocabulary and grammar of both languages is structurally similar. I've had teachers tell me that I should focus on one language at a time while others suggest that I should continue learning both languages at the same time. Will learning both simultaneously only cause confusion or help reinforce similar concepts? I'm a native English speaker if that's significant....Read more

How was the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) list of language learning difficulty compiled?

There is a fairly standard ranking of the difficulty of learning various languages for English speakers, based primarily on its similarity to English. (Note: I've seen some contradictory information about the list). Some of them are fairly clear (e.g. Spanish, French, and Italian are Category 1 - i.e. "Languages closely related to English," considered relatively easy for English speakers to learn). Category 1 languages are estimated to take 23–24 weeks (575–600 class hours) of study to learn.A Category III Language is defined a language which i...Read more