There are many methods you can use and the possibilities are endless! It's good to stick to a base rule that if you're a beginner in languages, first learn 1 language to intermediate and then tackle others.
🤓 I try to learn one language to an upper-intermediate level so that it's good enough to be a language of instruction for the other language. For example, once I learned Korean to a good enough level, I was able to study Japanese using textbooks written in Korean. ⏰ Try the 80/20 approach if you're learning two languages at once. Spend 80% of your time on one (main) language, and then 20% of your time on the other language. This works best when they are two different languages or if you are intermediate+ in both. If you've decided that Italian is more important for your future than French, for example, you can dedicate majority of your time to learning Italian and the rest for French. You won't feel guilty for not spending the same amount of time on both since you've identified Italian as the main language.
🎶 Regularly maintain your more-advanced languages. Listen to music and podcasts, and read articles as much as you can. Once you're upper intermediate in one language, you can spend more passive time on it and actively learn the languages you're less strong in. Check out my Spotify for playlists in various languages!
📖 Choose separate days or times for separate languages. I prefer to study multiple languages in little bits in one day (e.g. doing Spanish grammar in the morning, Korean vocab in the afternoon, and watching a French series at night, for instance).
📱 Use different methods, notebooks, apps or systems for your languages. Some people have separate YouTube accounts to browse and get video recs in a specific language. You can also change your phone language often.
🎯 Finally, set language-specific goals. Your goals can (and should) differ from language to language. This helps you prioritize the time you spend on each. For instance, I want to practice my speaking in Hungarian and improve my advanced-level vocabulary in Korean. I already speak Korean and need to focus on different skills than I do when I'm practicing Hungarian.
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Reader Q&A - learning less-popular languages
Reece from England asks:
I am learning Catalan as well as Spanish and was wondering if you have any advice on the best way to learn a language that might not have a lot of books or learning resources?
Great question! Here are some quick points:
Check out Facebook groups and language threads on Reddit to meet fellow learners who share their resources
Some apps have a ton of less popular languages. These include uTalk, Ling, Mondly and Bluebird Languages.
Tumblr is a surprisingly good place to search for resources. Just search the language you're learning + resources and you'll find lists people posted
Google words in your target language and you might come across articles, podcasts and images that can help you learn
With some motivation and a good dictionary, you can use any song lyrics to try and teach yourself. That's pretty difficult but worth a try. It's what I did with Hungarian a few years ago. You can use the audio to text feature on Google Translate to get the spelling of some words if you really need it.
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You are likely to find independent tutors and content creators who make videos on YouTube teaching their languages. Here's the search result on YouTube for "Learn Catalan".
Even though they might be of poor quality, it's worth a try to see which apps are in the app store. I found some useful apps for small languages like Kalaalisut.
Sometimes I find obscure language resources in second hand bookstores and libraries. Take a look if there's one near you!
You'll be pleased to know how many native speakers will be happy to help you. You can find them on apps like Tandem, HiNative, HelloTalk and even on italki forums.
italki has a few Catalan speakers that can teach you!
If you know enough Spanish, you can use that as a base language to search for content and resources for learning Catalan. There are likely to be more Catalan resources written in Spanish than in English.
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Check out these 3 free sheets designed by me that you can download and print or use digitally. They have rows for vocabulary words and for example sentences - which is the way I like to learn languages best.