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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Language learning update
Welsh: This is now more or less in maintenance mode. I went to the Monday class, but skipped the Wednesday chat because I wasn't feeling completely well. I did do the Thursday Skype chat though. Spanish: I have done one SSiS challenge! I read a couple of articles on how to learn a new language without losing your old ones and that encouraged me to make a start on Spanish.

Scott Young -- Language switching

Benny the Irish Polyglot -- How not to mix up langauges

To summarise, the articles said that trying to learn two languages at once is hard, but if you're pretty comfortable with one, starting a new language won't affect it too much. Also the more different the new language is, the less it will interfere with the old language.

As Welsh and Spanish are very different, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Now I just have to sort out my learning methods because SSiS on it's own is not working well for me. I know a lot of people have done really well with the method, but my memory isn't good enough and there are some words and phrases that are just not sticking. I'm thinking of trying flashcards for extra practice.
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steepholm From: steepholm Date: January 11th, 2019 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's good news. I've been thinking I should start Welsh, since I work there and all, but want to get Japanese to a 'safe' level first. They're pretty different, at least, even though both have very cute names for microwave ovens.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 11th, 2019 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can definitely recommend trying Say Something in Welsh if you want to give Welsh a go. Personally I don't think I could have learned from scratch that way, but you can supplement it with Duolingo (for extra vocab) or books or a course.

But yes, it was a relief to discover that a very different language shouldn't interfere too much. It's people who are trying to learn Spanish and Portuguese together, or perhaps Dutch and German that have the most trouble with mixing things up.
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