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Joined 2230 days ago

2 posts - 2 votes
Speaks: Polish*, English
Studies: German, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, Welsh

 Message 1 of 6
29 October 2014 at 1:50pm | IP Logged 
Hey, dear everyone!

Frankly, the fact I can only speak Polish and a bit of English makes me highly
frustrated. Something inside makes me desire to learn more and more. And
attempting to acquire languages simply makes me happy.

I can learn by myself – but I know I procrastinate too much. I need somebody to
sort of ‘push’ me. Thus, having a tutor helps me to be consistent(that is, study
at least around two hours a week) - currently I managed to find a German,
Tibetan, Japanese, Mandarin, Welsh(at my university) teachers and I am trying to
find Sanskrit, Irish Gaelic and Mongolian ones. When I was much younger I had
tended to be afraid focusing on more than one language is a really bad idea,
though now I know learning few tongues at a time is not a problem for me(though,
I tend to be awfully lazy).

I am highly interested in minority and endangered tongues, thus I sincerely
hope one day I will be able to help some at least a little tiny bit and learn
more of them as well as about them.

Many of the people here, on the forum, are very inspiring, working hard and
often keeping consistent. It is amazing to check the logs and see others’
accomplishments and all the languages love. It is wonderful!
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Joined 5249 days ago

9078 posts - 16471 votes 
Speaks: Danish*, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Esperanto, Romanian, Catalan
Studies: Afrikaans, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Icelandic, Latin, Irish, Lowland Scots, Indonesian, Polish, Croatian
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 Message 2 of 6
29 October 2014 at 3:30pm | IP Logged 
Good day to you too.

I hope you don't break your neck on a language program involving German, Tibetan, Japanese, Mandarin, Welsh and pssibly also Sanskrit, Irish Gaelic and Mongolian (provided that you can find teachers - and hopefully not at the same time, because then you WILL break your neck!)
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Senior Member
Joined 4651 days ago

707 posts - 1219 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Polish

 Message 3 of 6
29 October 2014 at 4:54pm | IP Logged 
Witamy na forum!
I like your name 'Chestnut'
Good luck with your studies :)
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Joined 2880 days ago

280 posts - 488 votes 
Speaks: English, Spanish*, Japanese, Italian
Studies: Esperanto, French

 Message 4 of 6
29 October 2014 at 5:57pm | IP Logged 
Good day and welcome to the forum.

It's great that you're interested in endangered languages and are willing to put in the work to learn them all, but I'm with Iversen here--if you know you can be lazy and have a tendency to procrastinate, then you should focus on maybe two at a time. Use your time productively, friend.
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Joined 2230 days ago

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Speaks: Polish*, English
Studies: German, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, Welsh

 Message 5 of 6
29 October 2014 at 6:48pm | IP Logged 
Oh! Thank you for your kind words, fellows. My neck seems undamaged for now.
Honestly, by saying ‘I managed to find…’ I meant – clumsily – that I already
have been learning with those people for some time. As I said, when I was a
child I was certain it is unwise to learn more than one tongue at a time. I
thought every word and writing system would create a chaotic mishmash in my head
and I would end up learning nothing at all. But I see now it is untrue –
attempting to acquire languages gives me joy and does not bore or tire me. With
laziness I dealt by deciding to find teachers.
Naprawdę, nie przysparza mi to żadnych problemów, a jedynie radość i
satysfakcję. Jeśli uczyłabym się jedynie jednego lub dwóch języków obcych,
byłabym na siebie zła, wiedząc, że mogę zrobić więcej.
Nigdy bym nie podjęła takiej decyzji bez przekonania, że sobię poradzę.

Niechaj tobie też się powiedzie, kolego Mooby:)
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Senior Member
Joined 5128 days ago

2314 posts - 5695 votes 
Speaks: Swedish*, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese
Studies: Czech, Latin, German

 Message 6 of 6
30 October 2014 at 8:20am | IP Logged 
It's true that they won't necessarily interfere with each other, as long as the
languages you're learning aren't closely related. But time constraints will likely
make progress very slow if you take on many languages at a time, especially since most
of your languages are pretty difficult ones. Mandarin will take you several years even
if you devote hours a day to it, and spreading yourself too thin might kick that
number up to over a decade.

The common advice here is to not do many languages at once unless you're an
experienced learner with at least one language under your belt (as in, you can
converse, read books, watch movies etc. in it).

But then again, the number one factor is enthusiasm, and if you're enjoying the
process, I'm not going to poo-poo your choices. Just be aware that progress will be

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