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215: What's the deal with "triangulating" languages?

215: What's the deal with "triangulating" languages?

Neil asks: "Should I use triangulation to learn French?" Episode Summary: On today's podcast: Episode 014: Can you use one language to learn another? Episode 106: How useful is laddering? "Triangulation" - also know as laddering or bridging The big questions: My Spanish is B2 level. Is now the right time to learn French? Yes, I'd say so Will I lose Spanish once I go back to French? This is a valid concern However, it will never be "lost" There will likely be a period of needing to "recalibrate" his Spanish in a world that now includes French Should I work on both languages together, so as to develop the ability to keep both languages separate in my mind? Not at first The principle learning challenge is to learn French (not to maintain Spanish) Therefore, he'll need to approach learning French with as much dedication as if it were his first foreign language Once he's reached a conversational level in French, then it'll be time to learn to use it at the same time as Spanish

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