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ExRN
Groupie
United Kingdom
Joined 1563 days ago

61 posts - 75 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Italian, Spanish
Studies: Dutch

 
 Message 1 of 3
17 October 2015 at 4:46am | IP Logged 
Long time no post guys, I have just been settling into university.
I have spoke a little about my dilemma in my Spanish log but thought I would ask the question directly.
I have started studying Spanish, Italian and dutch at university. Italian and Spanish aim to get people to
equivalent of a b2 withing the first year and dutch is a language that is aiming for a2 and only taught for
one year altogether.
I am currently in beginners/improvers classes for Italian and Spanish and having never heard dutch before,
this is from scratch. The reason I am in the beginners class is purely because I have no qualifications in
eithrr language. At the end of week two, I am finding the pace we are going at and the material we are
covering extremely easy and I am able to go to classes and this is enough. This means I can put most of
my free time into learning dutch with the aim of reaching b2 within a year.
Here arrives the problem......during todays Spanish class I have been discovered as being able to get by in
spanish and communicate most needs in the language. It has been suggested i move to the post a level
class which is classed as advanced. Doing this, i would probably need to learn more Spanish outside of
class which in turn reduces my dutch allowance. I could carry on cruising and focus all of my attention on
dutch......its the same.degree at the end of it all no matter what class I start in. What would you guys do? :-/
stay bored in the beginners or be stretched in the advanced? Its all to do with Dutch I guess :-/
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dampingwire
Bilingual Triglot
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United Kingdom
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1185 posts - 1513 votes 
Speaks: English*, Italian*, French
Studies: Japanese

 
 Message 2 of 3
18 October 2015 at 10:44am | IP Logged 
ExRN wrote:
Here arrives the problem......during todays Spanish class I have been discovered as being able to get by in
spanish and communicate most needs in the language. It has been suggested i move to the post a level
class which is classed as advanced. Doing this, i would probably need to learn more Spanish outside of
class which in turn reduces my dutch allowance. I could carry on cruising and focus all of my attention on
dutch......its the same.degree at the end of it all no matter what class I start in. What would you guys do? :-/
stay bored in the beginners or be stretched in the advanced? Its all to do with Dutch I guess :-/


"stay bored" says it all doesn't it? The time you spend being bored is, more or less, wasted. If you move up to a harder class you
will have more opportunities to learn. Admittedly that will mean more work, but you can control that: you can find more time or you
can decide to limit the time you are going to spend on Spanish and give it to Dutch instead.
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Striver
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United States
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Studies: French

 
 Message 3 of 3
19 October 2015 at 4:01am | IP Logged 
Are you willing and able to work considerably harder than you currently are? If so, move up. If you can't or prefer not to work a lot harder, then don't.




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