How I tried to learn around 10 languages at once🤓
I’ve tried learning multiple languages on various occasions, so as examples I’ll give two
different, contrasting combinations:
1) Earlier this year, I tried to learn a very diverse group of languages with which I have
very little experience, purely passively. Among others, this included Cornish,
Mongolian, Finnish, and Swahili (you may think it's an unusual combination, but I don't :) ).
2) More recently, I tried to learn the following simultaneously: Georgian, Romani, Polish,
Dutch, Latin, Esperanto, German, and Russian.
The last three are languages I
already know well and am more maintaining than learning, the middle three are
closely related to those ones, Romani has a lot of Slavonic loan words, and only
Georgian is completely ‘new’.
So my 2 approaches were:
1 ----> For the first combination, I simply read textbooks 📒 and listened🔊 to audio Bibles or read
electronic Bibles. My aim was just to be able to understand 🖕the Bible in these languages, not
to speak them.
2 ----> For the second, I used a simple system in which I read in the languages every day,
rotated listening to podcasts and radio in them, regularly learned vocabulary, and SPOKE to
people on Skype for each one roughly once a week.
Despite some success I was UNABLE to sustain either of these methods for very long.
The problem is, it’s hard not to
start taking them seriously and wanting to get properly fluent once you start to see progress!
I think the IDEAL balance would be to allow myself to dip in and out of as many languages as I like, while simultaneously learning 2 or 3 seriously😏.