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I’m currently studying French and German at a level and am thinking of studying french and linguistics, French and German, French and ab initio Spanish or French and ab initio Italian at university. (Or a combination of three languages)
I want to learn as many languages as possible. Is going to university the best easy to do this?

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(Original post by Ioneg)
I’m currently studying French and German at a level and am thinking of studying french and linguistics, French and German, French and ab initio Spanish or French and ab initio Italian at university. (Or a combination of three languages)
I want to learn as many languages as possible. Is going to university the best easy to do this?

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I would select the language you are most interested in. Studying French at university takes an academic approach to the language, as well as other elements such as culture and history. If you are still interested in learning other languages, you could self-teach or some universities run additional language classes which might be worth looking into. I find the best way to speak a language like a native speaker (rather than in an academic way) is to immerse yourself in the language - talking to people who speak the language, visiting the country, listening to music or watching TV. You may wish to join the relative societies at university too!
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Graduating from university n a language doesn't even mean you are fluent in it. You need to spend time in the country interacting with natives to do that.
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Graduating from university n a language doesn't even mean you are fluent in it. You need to spend time in the country interacting with natives to do that.
Of course it does . . . unless you go to a terrible university, graduates of European languages should have near-native proficiency (CEFR C1/C2). Foreign languages degrees do involve a year abroad either studying at a partner university or undertaking a work placement. This fluency comes alongside academic study of the history, literature, culture of the country so it is like a history/language/literature degree in one. Even for non-European languages, like Chinese and Japanese, students from good universities do graduate with advanced proficiency in the language. You can even study Classical Chinese and Japanese as part of an undergraduate programme.
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Universities are great for learning languages (I studied French and German at Nottingham). However, to actually be fluent, you need to spend time in countries where people speak those languages, for a decent amount of time, and interact with people in those countries.
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