Language learning struggles.

I got to around B1 German before deciding to study French because I find French culture and global influence more interesting than German, but holy shit, just one month in, I realized French listening is so much harder than German. German is extremely easy to listen to and speak, whereas French is easier to learn grammar and vocab wise IMO. 

I was wondering if anyone else here has studied multiple languages and noticed differences in difficulty between the two. Also my French prof is hot AF.

Edit: I should add, French is harder to listen to because a lot of words have letters that aren't pronounced. Speaking wise, this does make conjugation easier, but overall pronunciation is harder. 

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Aug 27, 2021 - 8:46pm

I've studied multiple languages. Usually the second language is the hardest - it gets easier.

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Aug 27, 2021 - 9:42pm

Why tf do I get MS for this? The third language gets easier.

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Aug 28, 2021 - 4:56pm

Honestly people MS for no reason and don't reply as to why. I have a degree in Spanish, minor in East Asian Studies (Mandarin Chinese), and studied abroad in language immersion twice. 

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Aug 27, 2021 - 9:46pm

I am fluent in Spanish and taught myself passing Dutch via the internet.

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Aug 28, 2021 - 2:22pm

What did you use to learn Dutch, and also why Dutch? It's an interesting choice.

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Sep 9, 2021 - 4:00pm

For Dutch, I use Duolingo and reading Dutch newspapers and watching Dutch television.

I picked Dutch due to personal curiosity. The Dutch were pioneers of our industry and their Calvinist religious movements paralleled the ones of my own heritage.

Also Dutch is incredibly similar to English (so it's quite easy), and is more or less what English would look like today if the Norman conquest had not happened.

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Aug 28, 2021 - 2:17pm

I've been trying to learn French basically all of my primary education life, and suck ass at it, it's a difficult language for sure. I do want to sit down one day and finally learn it, really just need to start immersing myself in it more. Learning other languages, just like Excel shortcuts, takes a lot of practice. It would be great to find a partner that speaks a foreign language, learning that from them, and then ensuring your kids are at least bilingual. I can order pierogis (and even make some) and piwo anywhere since my parents only spoke Polish at home.

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Aug 28, 2021 - 8:11pm

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