Is it even possible to do a multilingual lesson?
Is it easy? No. Is it possible? It’s doable. Is it fun? Definitely! How about efficiency? It totally depends on your learning goals. Logically, if you need to learn French for work or Spanish for a lover, just go for a course in one of those languages. If, however, you are a language enthusiast who is eager to know the similarities of and differences between a number of languages within the same language group or actually from a different language (sub)family, then a language comparison could be helpful.
Mixing up languages when learning multiple at the same time
This is however, not the same as learning multiple languages. I would argue that the actual acquiring speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at a certain, say, intermediary level, plus learning vocabulary requires a learner to focus and not get mixed up between two similar languages coming from the same (sub) family. It depends on your background in other languages and your target languages if you mix them up. For instance: a guy in class back in high-school started to speak German on his French oral. But I would sometimes say something in Catalan in front of a Portuguese speaker. Or I noticed I started to confuse Afrikaans with Frisian or Luxembourgish when seeing translation lists of the same sentence below one another, both grouped with Yiddish and other Germanic languages! And sometimes when I’m switching from Arabic lessons to Turkish I also get confused, so I need to do something else in between to clear my (Arabic) mind. To know if you’d mix up languages, you can always try and find out and then decide to focus on one.
Still interested to learn more than one language?
OK, in that case… Get comfortable. Well, for reading this. For the actual learning you might want to take a more active position. If you’re interested in learning multiple Romance languages at the same time, I can help you.
Do you want to learn multiple Roman languages at the same time?
From my own language study efforts combined with my (other) language teaching experience, I can help you with (French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan-Valencian, Portuguese, Latin – and to a lesser extend explain the similarities and differences with Romanian, Occitan, Sardic, Venetian, Sicilian, Aragonés and some dialects and regional variants).
Do you want to learn English, Scandinavian and other Germanic languages at the same time?
Being a Dutchie, I have taught expats, immigrants, university and high-school students Dutch and English. I’d love to help other learners with the former two and other Germanic languages, such as German and Swedish. I’d be happy to discuss the general ways to learn these languages by either presenting a broader overview of the family as a whole, including Afrikaans, Frisian, Luxembourgish and Yiddish and those from the Scandinavian sub-family Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic or to dive into one or more of them.
Interested in taking a multiple language lesson of the Romance, Germanic language group or learning how to learn multiple languages at the same time? Leave a reply.