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How can I avoid confusion or interference when studying two similar languages?

If your mind is having trouble with the differences between similar terms, differentiate them by learning them in a separate context. If you race cars, you might not have trouble driving normally, ...
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What are some techniques to better differentiate between the two languages?

Here are a few tips that should help avoiding mixing up languages: At the start of a learning session for a specific, listen to some audio in that language. This exposes you to that language's ...
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How can I deal with previously learned languages' vocabulary confusing me when I am learning a new language?

I can sympathize with you; that wonderful frustrated feeling... no thank you! Scientific community's thoughts With regards to language-mixing in children simultaneously learning two languages: "...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

No and definitely no. Are there any studies done to see if the same learning methods can provide different results depending on the language being learnt? The studies wouldn't even be possible. ...
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How to improve my English skills while using it daily with people who are not proficient in using it, without absorbing their mistakes?

I have some experience with the struggle you are describing in your post. My boyfriend with whom I am living is not from an English speaking country, nor am I. As I am not yet proficient in his mother ...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

I can't tell you about studies done for this, but it is actually an interesting question. Take Esperanto, for example, a language that has given rise to its very own language learning method(s): La ...
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How can I avoid confusion or interference when studying two similar languages?

I think that you have to first master one of the two and then it will be easier to learn the other.
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How to overcome demotivating interference from native language when learning a related language?

It sounds like you have a much better passive understanding of Czech (reading and listening) than you have in actively speaking or writing the language. You need an immersive environment where Czech ...
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How can I avoid confusion or interference when studying two similar languages?

I started learning French before I have started learning Spanish. When learning Spanish, I usually could see the similarities between the French word and its Spanish counterpart. I basically used this ...
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Can learning L3 interfere with my grammatical knowledge of L2?

Nice question! Ironically, I found myself in the same exact situation as you. I've been learning Spanish in school for about 5 years now, and last year, I began to learn Esperanto. Like you aptly ...
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What are some techniques to better differentiate between the two languages?

"Immersion" will help any language learner, but is probably particularly useful for someone in your shoes who is "caught" between two similar languages. Then immersion may be the ...
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Can learning Spanish and French simultaneously improve your knowledge in both languages?

Learning French and Spanish simultaneously can be both helpful and challenging. There are a large number of words that are similar in both languages. An example is that the word for "cow" is "vache" ...
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Can learning L3 interfere with my grammatical knowledge of L2?

Linguistic interference or language transfer can work in any direction: from L1 to L2 (or L3), from L2 to L3, from L2 to L1, etc. So your knowledge of Esperanto can transfer to your Spanish, and your ...
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Learning a fourth language is messing my third language: How can I avoid that?

First, accept that there will be some interference while beginning the new language. It is unavoidable but it diminishes over time. Second, a suggestion that has served me well: study your fourth ...
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How can I deal with previously learned languages' vocabulary confusing me when I am learning a new language?

In my interactions with fellow language learners,there are two different types of people. And what to do depends on what type of person you are. The first type of person can keep two languages ...
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My L2 and L3 are similar, will using L2/L3 flashcards increase or reduce the possibility of mixing them up?

My L2 and L3 are similar, will using L2/L3 flashcards increase or reduce the possibility of mixing them up? Regardless of your L2 and L3 (or L1 or LN), using bilingual flash-cards teaches you how to ...
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My L2 and L3 are similar, will using L2/L3 flashcards increase or reduce the possibility of mixing them up?

Gabriel Wyner (Fluent Forever) recommends avoiding translations in flashcards. Instead, he recommends creating L2-only flashcards for L2, and L3-only flashcards for L3. For concrete things, this is ...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

There are two ways to look at this question: some people may think that there are different learning methods for different languages because not all languages are taught in the same way (i.e. a ...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

You are probably mixing up the cause and the action here. Different study methods are applied NOT to the languages you study. Rather, they are applied TO YOU to allow you to master the language ...
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How can I deal with previously learned languages' vocabulary confusing me when I am learning a new language?

I'm not sure if you are already doing this, but if you learn your next language with your most recent language you'll be improving in the last language and the vocab shouldn't be so confusing because ...
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Can learning Spanish and French simultaneously improve your knowledge in both languages?

I studied my second year of French and first year of Spanish during the same calendar year. This was no problem, and was actually quite helpful in learning Spanish because I no longer had to ...
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Simultaneous intensive summer course in German and French? Or is it too much?

Your knowledge of Spanish will help you understanding French vocabulary in a great deal. It won't help you with French pronunciation nor grammar. Even a thorough knowledge of Norwegian would help you ...
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Learning a fourth language is messing my third language: How can I avoid that?

I've heard this situation quite a number of times from people learning languages. Mostly they start enthusiastically about say Spanish and they suddenly stumble upon an extraordinarily gripping French ...
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How to avoid L1 and L2 interference if learning an L3?

I think you need to train your brain to see French and Japanese as two different languages. After saying a sentence in French, immediately say it in Japanese also (and vice versa). This worked for me ...
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Specific techniques for learning Danish and Norwegian at the same time

In my experience, it is better to reach at least B2 in one language before attempting one of its close relatives. For example, my Spanish and Mandarin have reached a point where I can dabble in French ...
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Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

Although I am a language learner rather than a native speaker of Danish and Norwegian, I can confidently put forward that there shouldn't be too much interference due to some evidences I have ...
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