This is Part 1 of a series on How to Learn Multiple Languages at Once. Take a look at Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5.
10 minutes of target language review each day
Spend 10 minutes every day on each of your target languages, especially if you are at an advanced beginner to intermediate level. Without this daily maintenance, your skills in these languages will deteriorate and you’ll wind up relearning whole batches of old material. Check out my favorite methods for 10 Minute Language Exercises for Maintenance.
If you don’t have 10 minutes to spend on each target language, cut languages
I’ll reiterate- You need this maintenance time. I lost oodles of Spanish because I never kept up with it, and 3 years after starting over with it, I find myself relearning things that I remember knowing 10 years ago. It’s a terrible wasted opportunity feeling and a real drag. Ten minutes a day will prevent it. If you don’t have 10 minutes a day for 4+ languages, then don’t learn a fifth.
Take any extra time and practice your current focus languages
You should have 1-2 languages that are your primary focus, languages you are actively trying to improve. If you have another half hour, use that time to study grammar and vocabulary in your focus languages.
Maintenance is the best way to learn multiple languages simultaneously
These ten minute increments are important. Guard them jealously. They are the bare minimum you will need to maintain the languages you’ve worked to learn. Turn off your phone, shut your computer, and focus for 10 minutes on mastering what you already know.
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