I love languages.
A language maps the universe to the human mind, and each language does it differently.
I think that anyone who speaks more than three languages fluently will agree that switching from language to language requires a shift in your manner of thinking. It is a difficult feeling to explain because the phenomenon occurs exactly in that part of the brain that is involved in ‘metalanguage’ – the way the mind implements language architecture.
But this is all a matter for a different post.
All I wanted to say tonight is that it seems to be a lot easier to acquire languages when you learn them two at a time. It works best when one of the languages is relatively intuitive for you – Spanish when you already speak French, for example.
Last year, I paired Japanese (intuitive) with Lithuanian (not intuitive) with good success. Next month, I hope to combine Spanish (intuitive) with Mandarin (not at all intuitive) to see if I can continue this winning streak.
Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?