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How to Learn 3 Languages at Once (My Personal Routine)

Learning multiple languages at the same
time is not something I would recommend to the average Joe, but the reality is
that I’m doing just that, I started learning three languages at the same
time. Hi, my name is Luca from Luca and today you’re going to see how you
can learn one, two, three, four or more languages every single day. So the
languages I’m learning right now and every single day are: Danish, Greek, and
Hungarian. There’s a specific reason why I’ve listed these languages in this
order. In fact, every single day I always start by learning the language in which
I have the lowest level. In this case Danish. I just started learning Danish
some three weeks ago, and I consider myself a beginner. On the other hand, I’ve
been learning Greek for two years and Hungarian for almost three and I have
reached a more or less a lower and upper intermediate level in these languages, which
means that it takes much less effort for me to learn Greek, or Hungarian for that
matter than it does Danish and that’s the reason why I do Danish first. Establishing priorities is a crucial
factor in learning multiple languages at the same time, because as I said before: time. It’s not just a matter of time, we tend to use this word, to throw this word
around, but the truth is there’s two factors which are just as important as
time and which are energy and your concentration. And they’re all entangled.
The reason why I always wake up early in the morning to learn languages is
because I know that my energy is at its top in the morning and at its lowest in
the evening so that’s the reason why my rule number one for learning multiple
languages at the same time is actually wake up early and hit the books in the
language at its lowest level, which is Danish in this case. Those who’ve been
following me for quite some time know that I love ASSIMIL, which is a
small book, a perfect learning resource for beginners and I’m using that and I’m
applying my bi-directional translation technique to it, which requires energy
and most of all, requires a lot of concentration, for at least 30 to 40
minutes. So after spending 30 to 40 minutes
learning Danish, I can do a number of things: I normally organize things so
that I can do Greek after doing Danish so that I can actually kill “two birds
with one stone” – actually there’s a lot of birds that you can hear here because
we’re shooting outside – and the reason why I as I said I do Greek is because I
know it’s less than I do Hungarian, but the good thing is that I can relax a
little bit more because I’m not using a ASSIMIL anymore. I still do listen and
read at the same time but sometimes for example I talk to my ITALKI teachers so
it’s a different thing I started really enjoying the language that’s the reason
why this comes second is because I know that I have to do it but I also want to
do it because it started being fun so on a normal day I set things up so that I
can start working around 9:00 and I dedicate time to learning Danish and
then Greek (before work) but sometimes, like today for example which is filming day, some days
are more intense than others, so when I have really intensive days I try to make
sure that at least I take care of the “last born” of the family maybe the other
one’s a little bit like grown-ups and they think can take care of themselves
so to speak. So don’t beat yourself up when it comes to learning multiple
languages at the same time, if you can’t learn three languages every single day,
that’s not the end of the world as long as you keep learning them on a weekly basis,
and the first one – the “newborn” – you should take particular attention to. So Danish and Greek possibly in the
morning, what about Hungarian? Well, I’ve tried to do Hungarian after doing Danish
and after learning Greek but I’ve just realized that after that, I’m not I’m not
able to work because it’s a lot of intense work on languages first thing in
the morning and, you know, life gets in the way, I also have to work, give lessons
teach, coaching, writing articles so I told myself okay so two languages in the
morning when I’m fresh, and possibly one language in the evening. I take language
courses language lessons with two Hungarian teachers and I try to talk to
them around 1:00 PM and I rehearse and I listen to these lessons after after
taking these lessons maybe 48 hours later, possibly at night. So I just
distinguished the Danish & Greek routine in the morning and then Hungarian in the
evening. On top of that, I’m also using a magazine which is called MAGYARUL TANULOK and the reason why my routine with Hungarian is even more relaxed is
because again I have I think I have an upper intermediate level so I can be
even more relaxed and it’s what I normally do to keep my Hungarian going
and motivate myself is to you know get get to go to Hungary on and off I’m
going to Hungary in a little bit so that’s more or less how I organize every
single day. One thing that I’ve been doing for years
and it really works wonders is to keep a logbook. I open the Google
Doc and at the end of each learning session, I make sure that I go to the log
book and I write exactly the date what I did and how long it took me. Now for this specific project I have
created a logbook which includes all three languages so every single day, at
the end of the day, I just copy each entry and I transfer them into the
general logbook so that I can get a clear picture of what I’m doing every
single day for these three languages. So the trick here is that if every day, at
the end of a learning session, you put your entry, and then you transfer all
these entries into the big logbook, you will see the progress that you’re making
not in one, not in two, but in THREE languages, and that’s an amazing feeling,
just as the feeling that a climber has when you know halfway he looks back and
sees the path that he’s covered that’s amazing that’s amazing for your
motivation because you always have to remember – and I can’t stress this enough –
that language learning is a marathon and learning three languages at the same
time it’s like you know running three marathons at the same time. You better
keep track of where are you going and how much track you’ve covered. So to wrap
up: 1. First, it is really important to establish priorities I don’t recommend
normally to learn three languages at the same time but if these three languages
two or three languages are at different levels, that’s fine. 2. Point number two is
that it’s really important not only to organize your time but to organize your
energy and your concentration. 3 And third make sure that you keep accurate track
of your progress, do keep one single logbook for each language but also make sure
that you have a bigger logbook where you can see the entire framework and the
entire picture that you are drawing for your future. So, if you’ve enjoyed the
video, please share it around if you haven’t subscribed, please subscribe and
click on the link below because there’s an amazing article waiting for you with
a big surprise: for the first time I’ve decided to publish my Google Doc where
I’m writing each and every single day what I do with these three languages so
you can see every single day you have free access to what I do with comments
and tips, and considerations and observations that are right there every
single day. Enjoy! you

50 Replies to “How to Learn 3 Languages at Once (My Personal Routine)”

  • Man, Luca… you are THE BEST.
    I love how when I looked carefully, I could see that you're learning Danish from a French book hahaha. Like I know you speak French to a very high level, but still, I love how naturally all this comes to you.

    But I am also so glad you said the thing about the different levels: I completely agree (although basically anything you told me, I'd believe even if it cut against what I already believed) but yeah, I put it like this:
    – You can learn a few languages at the same time, but you can't (or shouldn't) learn them SIMULTANEOUSLY. Don't START in Danish and Italian at the same time. Get to the point that one of them is like practicing running, while the other is at the point of being like practicing backflipping. This makes them so different that you won't get confused.

    I'd love to know your thoughts on short term language "boot-camps", e.g. I have not stopped learning Swedish altogether, but I have put it on hold for a bit while I attempt to study 250 hours of French in 3 months (about 2.5 hours a day). This is just to give my French a bit of a boost, while my Swedish will hold because it's about at the same level as your Hungarian.
    As a guy who studies both or all 3 languages every day, what do you think about that?
    Love your work Luca – you are my biggest inspiration!

  • Grazie Luca, inizierò a studiare una terza lingua a breve e mi stavo appunto chiedendo se fosse troppo o comunque fattibile. Il tuo video calza proprio a pennello e mi ha dato la giusta carica per iniziare con una mentalità positiva!
    Grazie e complimenti

  • Интересно, Лука.
    Я не совсем понимаю зачем учить так много языков, думаю здесь уже включается спортивный интерес.
    Обычному человеку, который не занимается коучингом в этой сфере, не зачем знать много языков, а тем более учить по три одновременно.

  • Do you have any videos on how to brush up on a language that you already can speak? Like how to get out of the intermediate plateau and reach more advanced levels

  • Luca, how would you recommend practicing a language like modern standard Arabic, where the language itself isn't spoken in homes but only in professional settings? It makes the language process a tad bit more difficult.

  • Hi Luca, I´m Elias from Brazil, I have 35 years old and I love your tips about how to learn languages. I´m studying englis alone and I have some difficulties because I don´t know how set up a study schedule. My level in English is B1 and I would like you to teach me what a study session is like in your daily life because I don´t have one and I fell lost mostly.
    As you study each step of learning for reading, writing, pronunciation. What do you do during each step. These are my main difficulties. My goals of life is to imigrate to Canada. I want learn too French. How I can study two languages same time? Can you help me? Thanks for listening!!

  • Thank you so much for this video! This is exactly what I need, because right now I'm trying to learn French and Italian at the same time. 🙂 I admire your motivation and how organized you are. Keep up the great work! ^^

  • 3 languages in one day! I thought Fluent in 3 Months was a stretch, but man, Luca – you're the boss! Is your Swedish not helping your Danish move along quicker? Ses snart!

  • Excelente vídeo, Lucas. Aqui no Brasil você é referência para muitas pessoas. Parabéns e muito obrigado!!! Resolvi escrever em Português para você trabalhar um pouco o idioma 🙂

  • always coming up with amazing content. Let me know if you need someone to practice Danish with, I could use some speaking practice for my Italian haha.

    God vind herfra!

  • As always your videos come at the right time! I'm trying to improve my English because I wanna take the CAE in April or May 2020. Because of this I thought I had to pause my German (intermediate level) and French (low-intermediate) but thanks to you I'm thinking about learning at least one of them along with English. Thanks a bunch! You're an inspiration as always!

    PS. Sono italiano ma siccome sto cercando di immergermi più possibile nella lingua di Shakespeare ho scritto il commento in inglese per pratica. Ciao grandissimo. Have a nice day!

  • This was a great video. I am currently working on 5 different languages. 2 of them I consider hobby languages, because they are fun to learn(Japanese and Latin), the other three are because I want to learn them, so I can travel and speak in people's native languages. In order of "level": Spanish, German, Romanian. I had never thought of keeping a log book, I've always worked sort of haphazardly. I do all of my language apps in the evening before bed. Throughout the day I listen to various media in the three languages I am concentrating on. Your video has convinced me that I need to be more consistent in study, so I can get even better in my skillset. I don't really even know at what level any of my languages are. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I will be utilizing them right away.

  • Learning 3 languages simultaneously is absolutely feasible, provided that they are UNRELATED. If you tried for instance to study Danish & Swedish together, you would surely mix them up. Now that you have a pretty high level in Swedish it will only take you a few months to reach the same level in written Danish. But when it comes to oral expression & understanding you’ll need LOTS of practice with natives!
    As for Hungarian and Greek, the overall difficulty to reach say B2 level may be similar, but the difficulty of Greek is front-loaded. You have to learn a new alphabet (which is not easy for many people), to get used to the insanely unpredictable declensions & conjugations and to learn how to associate the new vocabulary with words that you already know from other languages, as the association is often hidden. On the other hand, Hungarian surprises you in the first steps with the regularity of its grammar. The original Hungarian vocabulary may be totally unfamiliar, but you’ll find lots of words of Latin, Germanic or Slavic origin. You’ll think “That’s a handy language for me to add a new flag on my badge in the next polyglot conference”. But as your study progresses and the sentences you read become longer, you’ll realize that there is something wrong with this language. Very often sentences make no sense to you, as if they had been written by someone under influence of drugs. Google Translate cannot make sense out of them either. The only way to understand them is to resort to the help of a native speaker. This is a problem you’ll NEVER encounter in Greek. Greek syntax is almost the same as Italian. If you transfer your Italian thoughts into Greek you’ll be perfectly understood.

  • I'm not learning different languages at one time, but I'm trying to learn different things – I'm currently learning japanese, drawing and programming. I think these tips can be really helpful for that as well! I found that it really motivates me to have a list where I just cross out the dates where I've learned in different colours, so at the end I have a really long overview over one month/year that's really colorful and you can see some white days. Which feels really bad. Unless I was sick or something. 😀 I also use that list to track when I do sports, for example.

  • Luca, you and Steve from LingQ are the best polyglots out there. Nothing but hard work. None of that "quick tip" or "shortcut" mentality. Keep up the awesome work and know that you're such an inspiration!

  • Hey Luca, since I do also use Assimil for my French I would love to hear about your approach using it a bit more in depth. Do you only mark/underline things? Do you use a program or something to review the new learned Vocabulary? I myself write all the new vocabulary in a notebook, but I find it a rather boring way of reviewing new vocabulary later.

  • Hey Luca,
    It's awesome to see that you're interested in learning my native language, and I can't wait for you to post a video where you're speaking it 😄😋🤞.
    Do you find Danish easy and/or hard in any ways? Always interesting to hear your opinion.
    Held og lykke med det 👍

  • Mr.Luca thank you very much for your effort to teach us how to learn language …i am young man from morocco i would like to help me to learn german please .

  • Last video of Luca : Whay you shouldn't learn more than one language at the same time:
    Now: How to Learn 3 Languages at Once

  • This is awesome. Coincidentally, I am studying 3 foreign languages currently and they're all at completely different levels. This is so helpful, especially with prioritizing the "newborn" each day.

  • Thank you for sharing your method for juggling several languages! I am currently learning both Spanish and Italian (despite all warnings against doing so). I started studying Spanish 7 years ago but Italian only this spring, so I thought I'd be pretty safe. Turns out my Italian is developing way faster than my Spanish (the latter has been on the back burner for a good year), and now they are nearly at the same level. (A2/B1 vs B1/B2). A constant struggle for me therefore is find a good way to balance the learning. I've tried dividing my week between them but I normally end up missing Italian too much to stay away for half a week 😛 So maybe I will try them either end of the same day, like you do with Danish/Greek and Hungarian. 🙂

  • Hallo Luca,

    Vielen Dank fur die Hochladung. Ich werde mich freun, wenn du ein Video zum Thema Sprachniveu machen konntest. Ich lerne gerade Deutsch aber bin mir nicht sicher wo ich stehe. Wie kann ich das herausfinden?

  • I’ve never been able to keep up with three languages at once for long. Something always has to give for me. Good on you. I’m much impressed with this and your knowledge of other languages.

  • Luca would you make a video specifically about how you use iTalki Skype lessons so effectively? Do you plan ahead? Do you make sure the teacher speaks only in the target language? Etc..

  • I like languages but I don't see the point of collecting them. Learning three languages at the same time as they were candies doesn't seem to be very appealing to me. Plus, one thing you must have in order to accomplish such a thing is time so this advice may be great for people who don't have anything else to do. I saw you in other videos and you are great at learning languages but this is not about methods, it's about being gifted. You cannot teach that, wether you have it or not.

  • Gratulálok Luca! Nem sok poliglot tanul magyarul, örömmel hallom, hogy te már haladó szinten beszéled. Nekem a legszebb nyelv a világon 🙂 Üdvözlet Magyarországról!

  • Greetings Luca, new subscriber here.

    I’m currently B1 in Spanish and making good progress. I took French in school and still remember some but would basically be a beginner.

    Would you recommend continuing with Spanish study and resuming French study simultaneously or are they too similar being from the same language family?

    Thank you!

  • Actually I was thinking to manage myself among three languages and the notification of this video came! Grazie per i tuoi utilissimi consigli 🙂

  • Luca, you have marks all over the pages of the books you are learning from. What are the marks and how do they help with your language learning?

  • One tip for learning two languages at the same time that Mark Pentleton (from Radio Lingua) recommends is to learn those languages in different places.

  • Ciao Luca le, con le lingue che invece conosci già fluentemente come ti regoli per mantenerle sempre fluenti? C'è il rischio di perdere fluenza se smetti di praticarle secondo te?

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