IWTYAL 004: Can you learn 3 languages at the same time?

In today’s episode we feature a question from Terry: “Is it a good idea for me to learn three languages at the same time, or should I just focus on one?”


In this episode:

  • Is it possible to study three languages at the same time, and get good at all of them?
  • Or should I just focus on one?
  • Why depth and focus is the trick to making quick progress in a new language
  • How to use the 80/20 rule if you do decide to study multiple languages at the same time
  • The difference between learning and maintaining languages

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  • Alejo Falahé

    Very Good! This was perfect for me. I’m always learning languages and I deal with the issue of learning multiples languages at the same time and I have to admit it. It’s hard, right now I’m dealing with arabic, hebrew and french at the same time and the podcast was very useful. Greetings from Argentina!

    • HI Alejo, yes… it certainly gets quite complex when you’re learning 3 languages at once!! 🙂

  • Nina

    I just came up with an idea to start learning 3 languages right now. I am seriously learning French for quite some time, and learning it not so serious for a few years, but I wanted to add just a little bit of maintaining my English , and to learn Arabic from scratch a little for some silly reason (I call it a “fling”, because I don’t think that I will stick to it for too long, or seriously, but I want to learn it very good in the future. I am not very serious with the latter two (mainly with putting the time), and I don’t want my French to suffer because of it. I will continue to do the same things which I do every day in learning French, and to continue to be immersed in it as much as I was before.

    • Nina

      Actually, I don’t think that I will study Arabic. I just have one friend from Algeria, and of course, as you mentioned, there are a lot of Arabic dialects.

  • Luís Romão

    As with most things in life, there is never just one right way to do things, so I suppose it really depends on the learner. If I spend all my time focusing on just one language, I’ll easily get bored and start thinking about other languages, whereas if I switch between languages every other day, I feel like I’m learning more in both of them! 🙂