Can you learn two languages at the same time? | Ask Ikenna

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what's up guys is it Kenta here and

today we'll be doing a new type of video

I'm gonna be trying out something new

called ASCII kena where basically every

week err we can have two weeks I'm going

to be answering some of the most popular

questions that you guys are always

asking me and yeah I'm trying out

something new let me know what you think

about it so today's episode is talking

about if it's possible to learn two

languages at the same time so this is

one of those things that I get a lot I'm

not sure if you remember back in high

school or middle school where you had

that annoying teacher when you asked hey

excuse me can I go to the bathroom they

said I don't know can you and you're

like may I go to the bathroom and they

relented in their leg okay go I'm gonna

be a little bit annoying here if the

question is can I learn two languages at

the same time the answer is absolutely

yes it's been done many times before but

I don't think we should be asking can I

think we should be asking should should

you learn two languages at the same time

and honestly that answer varies and

that's kind of why I feel like I'm

always being asked this question is

because it really depends on who you are

so I've kind of broken it down to four

different types of people and the answer

really changes depending on the person's

the first type of person is the beginner

this is someone who has no current other

language attachments so for example

they're not really learning a language

in school you know maybe they they're in

college now they don't really take any

language classes but you know they've

always been interested in Japanese or

Korean or French or Spanish and they

want to learn it by themselves when you

are wanting to learn a language for the

very first time I would always recommend

to take it one at a time I know I know I

know some people get a little bit greedy

you're like yo Chinese look real nice

but Spanish though you want little

little languages on the side but trust

me when I say this it's gonna work out

much better for you if you focus on one

language and I often use this analogy

which is it's very hard to build two

castles from scratch at the same time

because essentially if you're a beginner

you're learning language for the first

time this that's what you're trying to

do you have nothing built and then

you're you're going over here you're

trying to build up this castle and at

the same time you're running over here

trying to build up this castle and

trying to grow two languages at the same

time from from nothing is extremely hard

and more often than not it leads to

burnout it leads to you losing the

motivation and it eventually leads you

to spending a lot of time on one

language and neglecting the other

language and feeling bad or just just

burning out in general so if you're a

complete beginner you're learning a

language for the first time I would

recommend only studying one at the same

time so we got beginner the second type

of person is what I call a forced

beginner so basically you're learning a

language for the first time or maybe for

the second time like you're quite new to

it however you're kind of being forced

to study something in school that you're

not really passionate about I get a lot

of questions from people saying hey I'm

studying German in school but really I

want to study Japanese what should I do

in this case if you are studying a

language in a school system and not

really passionate about it by all means

have another language on the side that

is your main language that you are

studying definitely definitely do that

do not feel bad because you're studying

in German in school but you're very

passionate about Japanese we're not I

would say go for it because your

language in school can be treated just

like another subject for example

mathematics or science you wouldn't be

like oh you know I'm already studying

science I can't don't really have time

for four languages no I mean go with

what you're passionate about

so the third type of learner is I get

someone similar to me where where you've

learned quite a few different languages

maybe two three four you're not starting

from scratch so for example you have a

language a new language that you're

trying to learn in my case it's Spanish

I'm basically starting from scratch I

can learn Spanish and learn Japanese at

the same time because my Japanese is

already at let's say a intermediate

level so I'm not creating two new

castles from scratch I'm building this

one and doing a little bit of repairs

and whatnot on the

one that is completely fine if you are

maintaining a language and slowly trying

to progress one you can definitely learn

a another language from scratch at the

same time so for the fourth type of

learner I call it um I don't even know

what to call it basically it's people

who have a lot of free time and a lot of

passion now normally I really tried to

urge people not to to go to language

crazy just because I know in the past

personally for myself I was like oh I

wonder Japanese oh I'm gonna study six

hours a day every single day I want to

do it do it do it and then after like

two days three days you get burned out

if not if not a few days and a few weeks

at least but there are people out there

that are really really passionate about

languages and they want to learn

Japanese and they want to learn German

at the same time and there's nothing

that's gonna get them away from that

goal if that's you and you have a lot of

time to dedicate to both of these

languages at least an hour a day for

each then go for it I would recommend if

you're studying a language at the same

if you're studying two languages at the

same time go for languages that are not

related if you're starting Spanish and

French at the same time I guarantee you

it's going to blend into each other

because it's they're both Romance

languages if you're studying Ukrainian

and Russian at the same time they're

going to blend in with each other and

you're definitely gonna mix them up if

you're studying Chinese and Spanish the

chances of you mixing stuff up there is

very little so I would recommend that

and that's it so if you do have

questions for me write them underneath

this video let me know what you want to

know and I'm going to pick another

question I'm going to answer it perhaps

next week or the week after that and let

me know if you like this new kind of

segment I'm trying to be a little bit

more a little bit more personal and just

trying to be you know as helpful as I

can be answering questions that I hear

all the time so hopefully it's helpful

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