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Questions tagged [multiple-languages]

Questions guided towards multiple languages, whether it be comparing them, using them in tandem, or questions about more than one language in general

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How to look for resources that are available in multiple languages?

In order to efficiently learn multiple foreign languages simultaneously, I noticed that resources provided in multiple languages can act as a big help. I have been using http://www.goethe-verlag.com/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How many languages did Vera F. Birkenbihl know?

Vera F. Birkenbihl (she insisted on the "F.", which stands for Felicitas) was a German management trainer and author. She coined the term "gehirn-gerechtes lernen" as a translation of "brain-friendly ...
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Original source of Arguelles' statement about learning at least six languages

The Reddit thread Alexander Arguelles’ Six Most Important Languages, which started earlier this year ("5 months ago" from October 2018) states that the polyglot Alexander Argüelles once said that an ...
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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 ...
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How can I quickly learn to understand a Latin text if I know Romance languages?

After studying French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and now looking at a Latin text it seems like I’m basically there, I’m just missing things. What are some things I could/should learn to ...
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Updated versions of FSI courses

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) courses (found here, here or here) are free, thorough, and an amazing resource for language learners. But they are quite old - many of the courses are well over 50 ...
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What are the most widespread languages besides English, Spanish, and French?

A great inspiration for some language learners is to be able to speak to a large number or wide range of people in more than one country. To that end, a language learner may want to know which ...
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Can I read nynorsk due to learning bokmål?

Suppose I learn enough Norwegian bokmål to be able to read books and newspapers well enough to follow what is happening, even if I would miss nuances and occasionally misunderstand something. I'm ...
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Using Multiple Languages in your Daily Life or Job [closed]

What are some ways that you can include the languages you have learned in your daily life and job? and what are some job where you could apply all the languages you know? I know spanish(native), ...
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Should I use my second language to learn my third language? [duplicate]

English is my second language (I do not have a good command of it.) while Chinese is my first language. I want to have Japanese as my third language. Can I learn Japanese from books/tutorials ...
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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: Hawaiian Maori Tahitian Tongan Samoan Ilokano Chamorro Which one is the ...
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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 ...
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approach to multiple language learning goal

So I'm in this situation where I'm going to live in Japan with my future wife. She is L1 korean speaker but lived in Japan for over 10 years making Japanese her L2 language. My own L1 language is ...
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What are some strategies for effectively studying two unrelated languages simultaneously?

We already have a few questions on this site asking about learning multiple related languages, however, what about learning multiple unrelated languages? I'm a (mostly self-taught) student of Spanish ...
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How to memorize German vocabulary by connecting it to English?

My background vocabulary is English. Can you help me how to memorize German vocabulary by connecting the words with English?
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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 ...
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Should I start learning another language even if I haven't mastered the last one?

I have studied German for the whole year last year. But I want to study other languages too. I haven't mastered German yet, and I am seeking advice whether I should start learning a new language ...
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Fluent in English and Spanish; according to scientific research, what order of learning other languages is most efficient? [closed]

I am a native speaker of the English language with 6 years of Spanish schooling. After re-establishing a fluent Spanish speaking status what should be the next language to learn? Latin seemed like ...
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Does native Finnish and literacy in another language give literacy in Finnish?

Our child speaks native Finnish (appropriate to her age). We are moving abroad. Supposing the child learns to read and write in another language that uses essentially the same alphabet (probably some ...
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What is my first and second language?

First, let's take a look at the meaning of first language by Wikipedia: A first language, native language or mother tongue (also known as father tongue, arterial language or L1) is a language that ...
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Do people fluent in two languages learn a third, unrelated language more easily?

The question in the title is strongly shortened. In full-length it goes like this: Do people who speak fluently two languages (which they have learned as a child) that are quite different from ...
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Why can't I think of anything to say when someone asks how many languages I can speak?

There is this fairly common thing I've noticed, when a multiglot is talking to someone about languages, and they say "say something in x", suddenly all words in that language leave my head and I can't ...
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How can I overcome fear and failure when speaking to native speakers of my L2?

I've been studying Russian language on my own for more than 1.5 years. And I'm still bad at it because of lack of speaking practice. I didn't study everyday as I also paused for several months so I'm ...
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Is there any common approach to learning programming and foreign human language?

Is there any common in approaches to learning foreign language and programming language? Both machine and human languages have common structure: syntax, vocabulary and rules. Can we expect that a man, ...
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What are the effects of learning a third language in your second language? [duplicate]

How will it affect my language skills if I choose to learn Indonesian in English instead of my mothertongue (Czech)?
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Effect of trilingualism on babies

I'm interested in how to manage languages with small babies. Is trilinguism problematic as opposed to bilinguism? For example, will the baby take longer to speak than he would if he was bilingual?
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WebCAPE vs AP Exams for domestic prep

I am going to be teaching a foreign language in some capacity and am not sure if I should teach to prep for the WebCAPE exams or Advanced Placement exams from CollegeBoard. I'll be following ACTFL ...
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required standards for US domestic foreign language education

In reference to my earlier post, I'm going to be teaching foreign languages in some capacity and was advised by a board of education that I ought to understand and incorporate foreign language edu. ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of learning typologically similar languages?

Flimzy previously asked, Are there any studies which address the effectiveness of studying multiple related languages simultaneously? Genetic relationships between languages (as established through ...
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Are there any physical resources that have basics for multiple languages?

I'm looking for a physical learning resource that contains the basics of multiple languages (I don't care which), so that you could get a sampling of several different languages. Ideally this resource ...
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How can I avoid mixing two or more languages when I speak?

When I speak L2 or L3, I say sometimes some words from the other languages that I know. I also have seen many people who have the same issue, they speak in English in some conference for example and ...
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Are there any studies showing that you will tend to be more fluent in the first L2 you learn compared to your L3?

As an example, take the case of someone who speaks English as an L1, and wants to become fluent in both Spanish and French. If they learn Spanish first and French second, will they tend to be more ...
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Learn languages by memorizing rhymed poems

My native language is Portuguese and I had the initiative to read and memorize Os Lusíadas by Camões, the principal literary work in Portuguese. So I started to memorize the Divina Commedia by Dante ...
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Is it possible to learn many languages at the same time and become fluent in all of them?

I think the answer would be yes for the first part of my question, but I am not sure what it would be if we seek fluency in all languages that we learn at the same time (maybe 2 or 3 languages).
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Are there studies showing that learning an L2 makes it easier to learn an L3?

Assuming that I'm fluent in an L1 and an L2, are there any studies showing that already overcoming the barrier of learning the L2 aids my process in learning an L3?
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Learning L3 through L1, L2 or L1+L2? [closed]

I can study L3 with L1 or L2 material/textbooks/dictionaries, or combination of L1 and L2 materials (switching daily for instance). Which will be most beneficial? My main concern is retention of new ...
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Is there a known limit to how many languages a person can be fluent in? [duplicate]

I wonder this because I'm not sure whether it'd be too hard to separate all the languages at a certain point.
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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

The Indo-European languages that I know (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) all make a distinction between "too" (meaning "to a higher degree than is desirable, acceptable or allowed") and "very"...
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What makes a language propaedeutic?

Learning any language helps learning another language after faster. This propaedeutic value is found in all language, but is more noticeable for some languages and combinations. For exemple, for ...
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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 ...
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How to render proper names having a hidden overtone in their semantic structure as it has essential meaning for prose fiction? [closed]

Should a translator create a new name using a potential of the target language and save its meaning, or omit this feature applying method of traditional transliteration?
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Why do words first come to me in a recently studied language when I try to talk a previously studied language?

In high school, about 15 years ago, I studied German for three years (my mother tongue is Dutch). The last eight year years I have studied and practiced Spanish and Catalan. And every time I try to ...
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How does translanguaging work?

I came across a term in linguistics that I have never seen before called translanguaging. The definition provide was very dense and complex. Could some explain exactly what translanguaging is and ...
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Is there a term for the prestige language that's learned more-or-less natively?

I've seen here a lot of use of L1 and L2 to distinguish between the mother tongue, and the language learned later in life. This makes me wonder if there is any good terminology to refer to the ...
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Is maintaining a L2 detrimental to learning a L3?

At my peak in mid-2014, I was part of the way through my second Japanese textbook, "Japanese for Busy People II". Since then, I have tried maintaining the level of language I had, and picking up bits ...
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Is it possible to understand what person in front is saying in different language, but yet cannot speak it

In many TV Shows and movies I've watched, person A is saying something in language X, and person B understands it, but cannot speak language X. I looked this up on the Internet and found an article ...
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How can I gauge my readiness to start learning a third language? [closed]

Deciding whether to start a third language or continue studying L2 can be completely opinion-based. Some people think English is enough but others don't. But there are always people (For example ...
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What is the impact of studying a third language in a second language?

when learning a third language, what are the relative advantages or disadvantages of studying the third language in either my native language or my second language? More specifically, if I choose to ...