I guess this will be my first substantial post. I'm still going to be asking intimate questions about physics, but I want to deal with another issue first. I understand that most people here are not linguists and that – in the European Union – most helpful people would understand English
. At the same time, a lot of you have experienced a multitude of foreign languages, and studying foreign languages has helped me with my mental illnesses. I also do not like to create too many accounts to deal with a myriad of forums
It has been several years ago since I have seriously practiced both French and Spanish. Perhaps indicative of my real skills, I am rusty in both languages to a degree beyond what I considered acceptable for intermediate speakers. Now at the university level, I am very much interested in German but need to make sure that I become more proficient in my preceding foreign languages.
1. French and Spanish nouns are either masculine or feminine. However, despite talking about the exact same objects, a noun that is masculine in one Romance language can be feminine in another. I know that I must remember the words separately, but I just cannot visualize the same object as being both ‘manly’ and ‘a chick’ at the same time. Are there any qualified tips you can give out?
2. Say that I do take up German (and I feel that I must). Is there anyone here who has most effectively studied 3 languages at the same time? I understand that nothing beats serious immersion but, as I work
on a computer throughout the day, I cannot imagine switching between 3 different languages every couple hours.
In case anybody is wondering, I suffer from borderline personality disorder. If I feel that I must understand something at the intuitive level, I need to understand it at that level. I have probably heard all the advice given out by great educators, and I am sure that a part of my problem has been created because I have not genuinely applied the most important ones. Still, the problem mostly lies in a few questions that were never satisfactorily answered.